- The IBM 3592 tape media is rated at 300 full-file passes, 40000 short length cycles, 20000 load/unload, and 30 years shelf life (under optimal conditions)
- LTO tape media is rated at 260 full-file passes, 5000 load/unload, and 30 years shelf life (under optimal conditions)
- SDLT claims 1,000,000 head pass durability and 30 years shelf life
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