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The 3480 Type Tape Cartridge Potential Data Storage Risks, and Care and Handling Procedures to Minimize Risks

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Author(s)

Mark P. Williamson

Abstract

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the sponsorship of NOAA, has undertaken an appraisal of the potential risks associated with the storage of data on the 3480 type media. This study discusses the findings of the appraisal and, in addition, summarizes reasonable procedures for the care and handling of the 3480 type media in order to minimize the potential risks. This report is intended to inform data managers of the potential chemical, mechanical, and magnetic failure mechanisms associated with the 3480 type media and to summarize the experiences and recommendations of major 3480 type technology users and manufactures. In Addition, recommendations from applicable scientific literature and the opinions of other media experts are included. This document is a guideline and reference for data managers who are attempting to minimize potential risks associated with the storage of valuable data on the 3480 type tape cartridges.
Citation
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-199
Report Number
500-199

Citation

Williamson, M. (1991), The 3480 Type Tape Cartridge Potential Data Storage Risks, and Care and Handling Procedures to Minimize Risks, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created November 5, 1991, Updated May 26, 2010