The topic of the preferred mounting orientation of tape drives has been discussed for decades, clearly the drive mounting orientation will alter the head mass effect on the servo loop performance when the head is suspended by the actuator or resting on the guides. Over the years, number of tests were conducted on various DLT drives and even decades ago, the data showed a preferred drive mounting orientation can influence drive performance. Considering that quick review of the LTO8 shows the similar drive architecture to DLT, the question has remained unanswered if the drive mounting orientation can affect the drive performance. This study was recently requested by MagStor to quantify the effect of the mounting orientation on the LTO8 drive performance. The tests were conducted on a new IBM LTO8 IBM Tape Drive supplied by Magstor, (Magstor PN SAS-HL8-8088), the standard Tape drive Doctor advanced test routines was used to conduct the tests.
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