LTO 5 Tapes - Labeled vs Unlabeled

Hello,

We just bought a Dell TL2000 Tape Library. I want to buy LTO 5 Ultrium tapes before installing the device. Is anyone can explain the difference between Unlabeled tapes and Labeled? The unit's been delivered with a bunch of Barcoded labels. I am right to believe that i can buy Unlabeled tapes and put a supplied label so the BackUp Exec will read the barcode to identify the media?

regards

G
ComptribAsked:
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Iamthecreator OMConnect With a Mentor Administrateur Systeme et ReseauxCommented:
Bar code labeling
http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO22306 

About labeling tape and disk cartridge media
http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO73325 

About barcode labeling
http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO73327
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Chris HConnect With a Mentor Infrastructure ManagerCommented:
Correct.  The barcode is unique to each tape.  Some people like having the option of using an inhouse coding system.
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Gerald ConnollyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Just to make it more fun, There are two labels:

External - the physical label that can be affixed to the tape cartridge typically a barcode of some sort.

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Internal - the electronic label that is written on the tape itself (although these days its also written to a non-volatile memory in the cartridge as well).

These two labels don't have to be the same, but in a library its usual for them to be the same, most backup software is happier that way.
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ComptribAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all, very good information.
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