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Converting a 3494 Library Housing 3590 Tape Cartridges into a 3494 Library Housing Both 3590 and LTO Tape Cartridges

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014347D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an automated method of converting an existing IBM Magstar 3494 Tape Library* housing IBM Magstar IBM Magstar 3590* cartridge tapes into a 3494 library capable of housing both 3590 tape cartridges and Linear Tape Open (LTO) tape cartridges. This is done by providing a cartridge bin sleeve capable of being handled by the library picker mechanism. The bin sleeve can be fetched from the entry station and inserted into the existing 3590 cartridge bin cell thereby converting the bin into to a LTO cartridge bin. A second sleeve is also defined to convert an entry station slot from a 3590 cartridge entry slot to an LTO cartridge entry slot.

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  Converting a 3494 Library Housing 3590 Tape Cartridges into a 3494 Library Housing Both 3590 and LTO Tape Cartridges

    Disclosed is an automated method of converting an existing IBM Magstar 3494 Tape Library* housing IBM Magstar IBM Magstar 3590* cartridge tapes into a 3494 library capable of housing both 3590 tape cartridges and Linear Tape Open (LTO) tape cartridges. This is done by providing a cartridge bin sleeve capable of being handled by the library picker mechanism. The bin sleeve can be fetched from the entry station and inserted into the existing 3590 cartridge bin cell thereby converting the bin into to a LTO cartridge bin. A second sleeve is also defined to convert an entry station slot from a 3590 cartridge entry slot to an LTO cartridge entry slot.

The conversion process is accomplished under the control to the 3494 Library Manager (LM) and is initiated by command of the operator and performed by the library accessor and picker mechanism. The objective is preserve the customer's investment in an existing tape cartridge library and to allow the customer to migrate the contents of the library from residing on 3590 Tape Cartridges to LTO Tape Cartridges at a pace consistent with the establishment's storage and business needs and not depend on the presence of field service personnel to perform the conversion. This reduces cost and increases conversion flexibility,

A cartridge bin sleeve is provided to convert a 3590 cartridge bin into an LTO cartridge bin. The bin sleeve has a bar code label capable of being read by the bar code reader on the picker and is used to identify the type of storage bin once inserted into the storage location. Since the outside dimensions of the sleeve are very similar to the outside dimensions of the 3590 cartridge, the bin sleeve can be inserted into the library entry station. The accessor picker...