LTO 7 tape drives have been on the market and LTO7 tapes are also supported by Vendors like IBM, HP, Quantum, Sony, Fujifilm and Maxell. Etc.. With an uncompressed storage capacity of 6TB and a compressed capacity of up to 15TB, LTO 7 tapes will have more than double the capacity of LTO 6 tape.


Features and Benefits of LTO 7 Ultrium Tape


Higher Storage Capacity

    - 6TB native and up to 15TB Compressed

Better Performance

    - Expect data transfer rates of up to 700 MB/sec

Backward Compatible

   - LTO 7 drives can read LTO 5 tapes and Read and Write to LTO 6 Tapes

Future Compatibility

   - LTO 7 tapes will be able to be read by and written to by LTO 8 tape drives and be able to be read by LTO 9 drives.

LTO-7 tape drive technology will increase the tape head channel count from 16 to 32. This increase will provide a higher data transfer rate, resulting in a reduction of approximately 50% of the time to read or write a full tape.


Compare to LTO6


Large gains in capacity and performance  

2.4 times more capacity
87% higher performance


Big savings from LTO 6 migration to LTO 7

Reduce database backup windows by 35%
Reduce floor space expense by 65% 


Generation to Generation comparison


Gen to Gen Capacity Increase Perforformance Increase
LTO4 to LTO5 87.5% 16.7%
LTO5 to LTO6 66.7% 14.3%
LTO6 to LTO7 140% 87.5%

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