Question about Dell PowerVault 110T LTO-2 Ultrium Tape Drive

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Cleaning tape - how often should this be done?

I have been advised to insert the cleaning tape when
1. The amber indicator light is on
2. Every 2 weeks
3. Also before and after I install a new tape.

Can you please advise which is correct.

Kind regards

Bev

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You only need to use the cleaning tape when the amber light indicators!
There is no need to use it everytime you use different tapes, just when the light indicators will do as you can only use cleaning tape a certain number of times before replacing it.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

Only when the light is on,

Posted on Jun 12, 2008

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