DLT cleaning cartridges are
designed to ensure the right level of care for each specific DLT tape drive
head. Cartridges work in conjunction with cleaning algorithms in the tape
drive's firmware to ensure that performance and reliability are not compromised.
- Always clean drives when
cleaning is indicated through the cleaning light or through the backup
- Only use a cleaning cartridge
when cleaning is indicated through the backup software or when the drive's
cleaning light is illuminated. Cleaning on a preset schedule rather than when
requested by the drive, leads to excessive wear, diminishing drive's life and
- Using a cleaning cartridge
more than 20 times results in ineffective head cleaning. Always mark the label
on your cleaning cartridge. After the cartridge has been used 20 times, it
must be retired.