Tape Media

Tape Drives

Ethernet LTO Tape Drives

Removable Disk Storage

Imation RDX

Imation RDX Bundles

Tandberg Data RDX QuikStor

Tandberg Data RDX QuikStation

Tandberg RDXLock WORM

Quantum RDX

HP RDX Removable Disk

HP RDX+ Bundles


Dell RD1000

Quantum SuperLoader 3

Quantum Scalar i3 LTO

Overland NEO Tape Libraries

Overland NEOs StorageLoader

Overland NEOs T24 Loader

Overland NEOs T48 Library

Overland NEOxl 40 Series

Overland NEOxl 80 Series

Overland NEO Agility LTFS

Tape Drive Autoloaders

HP StoreEver Tape Libraries

HP StoreEver MSL3040

Qualstar LTO Tape Libraries

Qualstar Q8 Tape Autoloader

Qualstar Q24 Tape Autoloader

Qualstar Q48 Tape Autoloader

Qualstar Q40 Tape Library

Qualstar Q80 Tape Library

Qualstar Tape Libraries

Archiware P5 Software

XenData LTO Archive

NAS Storage

SnapServer NAS

SnapServer XSR NAS Series

SnapServer XSR 40 NAS

SnapServer XSR 120 NAS

Pegasus RAID Storage for MAC

Pegasus2 RAID Thunderbolt

SnapSAN S1000 Storage Array

Nexsan Storage

Software Backup Novastor



ATTO 10GbE NIC Cards



Cables & Terminators

Barcode Labels

Turtle Storage Cases

Reconditioned Tape Drives

Custom Sequence Barcode Labels for all your Tape Media - DLT, SDLT AIT and LTO FREE LTO BARCODE LABELS

LTO-9 Tape Drives LTO-9 Tape Libraries Now Available

SymplyPro LTO Archiving Solutions LTO-8 and LTO-9

Browse by Manufacturer
Mailing Lists

Why HP Storage Media is the most reliable tape you can buy

You cannot tell the quality of a piece of tape media by looking at it. It’s easy to see the price tag, impossible to see the nine critical factors that determine whether one tape is more reliable than another.

Here’s why HP LTO Ultrium media is so outstanding.

  • Low Error Rate - Error rate is the fundamental measure of whether a tape is performing properly. HP materials and assembly ensure you get the lowest error rate each and every time you load the tape.
  • Recording Performance - Low error rates mean better recording performance. That’s because HP quality controls scrutinize the massive rolls of tape, miles long, as well as their smallest ingredients, just microns in size.
  • Tape Edge - One of the most common issues with poorly manufactured tapes is edge damage. HP uses computer-guided slitting machines and laser targeting to ensure the cleanest and most reliable tape edge.
  • Abrasiveness - If the tape surface is too rough, it can wear the drive head down like sandpaper. But if it’s too smooth, then the signal is too weak to record properly. With HP, it’s just right.
  • Coating - If the surface of your media is uneven, the effect on your tape drive is like driving down a road with gigantic speed humps. Not only is this bad for recording data, it doesn’t do much for the life expectancy of your tape drive. HP’s advanced coating technology ensures your tape drive has the smoothest ride, all of the time.
  • Binder and Lubricant - Tape media is made from metal particles coated in a special paint called a basefilm. If the consistency of the basefilm isn’t right, then the particles will be unreadable and no recording can take place. This is one of the critical areas of manufacturing because there are billions upon billions of particles on every LTO tape.
  • Servo Writing - Servo tracks are like runway lights for the tape head, guiding it along the correct path to ensure it records safely. No prizes for guessing what happens if the runway lights go out. HP servo testing and quality controls make sure they don’t.
  • Archival Stability - HP LTO Ultrium media can last for at least 30 years if properly stored. To ensure this happens, the tape is treated with a suit of armor coating using a process called ‘passivization’ to make it tough enough to withstand the passing years.
  • All of the above - At every stage, over-correcting one parameter has a knock-on effect of negatively impacting a different aspect of the recording process. Successful media manufacture is the ability to keep many complex variables precisely aligned all the time. It’s because HP tracks every aspect of media and drive performance that HP LTO Ultrium is made to be different and made to be better!


Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty.

Tandberg Data RDX Quikstor Removable Disk Cartridges

RDX 10 Pack Promotion - celebrating 10 Years of RDX Technology

SnapSever XSR120 and XSR40 Available

Quantum Scalar i3 LTO-9 Now Available and Shipping

Free Shipping UPS Ground - $500 min. order

Repair Services - 6 Month Warranty Fast Turnaround

Outlet Center - Refurbished Tape Drives - 6 Month Warranty