At work we have a Dell PowerEdge 2800 server with an LTO3 tape drive. Recently we've been having trouble with the tape drive and are getting ready to order some more tapes, but I am getting conflicting reports as to how many times a tape can be used before it has to be replaced again.
Dell is telling me that the tapes should be used within a year of purchase with no more than 50 uses. However I found tapes online that can be used up to 250 times. Now I'm really confused.
For our server we have 5 tapes, one for each day of the week so I would say that we use each tape approximately 50 times each year.
How many times do you guys typically use an LTO3 tape before replacing it?