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HPE LTO 3 Tape 400GB (C7973A)


Each HPE LTO 3 tape cartridge has a capacity of 400GB native and 800GB compressed. The 3rd generation HP LTO-3 Ultrium 800 GB RW Data Cartridge offers high capacity and a low cost per GB, reinforced by the HPE Brand specification – the industry’s most demanding media quality standard.

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  • Part Number: C7973A
  • DOT Part Number: HPC7973A
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
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  • Highest Capacity and Performance of any Comparable Tape Technology
  • LTO Ultrium cartridge memory chip delivers faster access time and enhanced media monitoring.
  • First time restore ensured with fewer media failures and disrupted backups, regardless of duty cycle or environmental conditions.
  • Ultra-reliable
  • Superior 'smart grabber' mechanism and mechanical interlock to prevent the leader pin from being pulled inside the tape housing. Sensors detect proper connection and prevent leader loss that would ruin the tape.
  • Simplified tape path to reduce wear and tear and build up of and debris (important in automation).
  • HPE brand qualification test procedures (load/unload, shoeshine, drop testing and environmental stress testing) go far beyond what is required for the LTO Ultrium logo. This ensures maximum reliability for restoring your data.
  • HPE warrants LTO Ultrium cartridges for up to 30 years archival life. This ensures businesses can meet the ever-increasing demands of regulation for data retention and archiving.
  • Secure
  • Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) version provides tamperproof, compliant data storage.
  • Value for money
  • Open standard technology ensures compatibility across product generations and gives you more choice. Cartridges are available as Custom Labeled, Non-Custom Labeled (both Custom and Non Custom include RFID options from LTO-4 onwards) and non-labeled versions.



Technical Specifications

Media capacity compressed Up to 800 GB
Recording technology LTO-3 Ultrium
Tape thickness 8.0 um
Media labeling Write-on Labels in box
Base material Metal Particle
Archival life 30 years
Capacity 800GB Compressed 2:1; Supported
Read speed, media 120 MB/sec
Tape width 12.65 mm
Magnetic coercivity 2500-2850 Oe
Tape width 0.49803 in
Bit density 245 kbits/inch
Media capacity native 400 GB
Tape length 680 m
Media format Re-writable
Data tracks 704
Drive compatibility Storage Media Compatibility Matrix
Relative humidities
Storage humidity 20 to 60% (Archival)
Operating humidity range 10 to 80% (Operating)
Operating temperature range 50° to 113° F (10° to 45° C)
Long term storage temperature 41° to 73° F (5° to 23° C)
Day-to-day storage temperature 60° to 90° F (16° to 32° C)



Limited Lifetime