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HP C7973A LTO-3 Tape Cartridge 400GB/800GB



HP C7973A LTO-3  Tape Cartridge 400GB/800GB


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Detailed Specifications

HP C7973A LTO-3  Tape Cartridge 400GB/800GB


Exhaustively tested, HP LTO 3 C7973A Ultrium cartridges meet all your demands for maximum reliability when restoring data, offering high storage density, ease of management and scalable storage and backup performance.

LTO-3 C7973A Ultrium backs up 400GB uncompressed on a single cartridge. HP offers a comprehensive storage media portfolio. The HP brand is your guarantee that this media has been developed and tested above industry standards for higher performance and reliability. HP means successful backups every time, plus the assurance that whenever you want to retrieve your data it will be there.

 The HP C7973A LTO-3 Ultrium Re-writable Data Cartridge offers an 800GB capacity for reliable data protection. The read speed is 120MB per second. This data cartridge delivers one million passes on any area of the tape, equating to more than 20,000 end-to-end passes or 260 full tape backups. Other features include 704 data tracks, 680m length and 245 kbits per inch density.


  • HP LTO-5 C7973A Ultrium can write or read data at a blistering 1 TB/hour, storing, encrypting and protecting up to 3 TB on a single cartridge, making it the big hitter in large-scale, 24x7, mission-critical IT environments
  • Smoother base film and smaller magnetic particles increase the bit density, allowing more data to be recorded in the same amount of tape. This has, for example, increased the number of recording tracks from 896 for LTO-4 to 1280 tracks for 5th generation HP LTO-5 Ultrium 3 TB cartridges
  • LTO C7973A 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
  • 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)
  • HP C7973A 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
  • Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) version provides tamperproof, compliant data storage
  • Uncompressed capacity: 400 GB C7973A 
  • Compressed capacity: 800 GB compressed capacity C7973A
  • Transfer Rate: 120MB/sec compressed rate
  • Tape length: 680m tape length C7973A
  • Drive compatibility: Supports LTO3 Ultrium drives C7973A


  • Format: LTO Ultrium 3
  • Native Capacity: 400GB
  • Compressed Capacity: 800GB (Assuming 2:1 compression)
  • Transfer Rate (Native): Up to 80MB/s
  • Tape Length: 680 meters
  • Number of Tracks: 704
  • Cartridge Type: Re-Writable
  • Archival Life: Not specified
  • Compatibility: Compatible with LTO-3 tape drives
  • Recording Density: 245 kbits/inch
  • Tape Thickness: Not specified
  • Tape Width: 12.65mm
  • Cleaning Tape: Not specified
  • Encryption Support: Not specified
  • Cartridge Color: Blue and Gray
  • Manufacturer Part Number: C7973A
  • Packaging: Single Cartridge
  • Labeling: Write-on Labels in box
Recording Capacity 400GB/800GB
Magnetic Material Metal Particle (MP)
Tape Length (m) 680
Media durability 20,000 Load/Unload Cycles
Archival Storage Life 30 Years
Warranty Limited Lifetime
LTO Technology LTO-3
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