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We are currently destroying our old DLT tape (some are 30 years old...), and we are amazed by the length of the band inside.

We would know what is it length ? It looks infinite ! (+1)

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closed as not constructive by Lucas Kauffman, Sven, Dave M, Michael Hampton, ewwhite Dec 31 '12 at 17:03

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You just took out the tape, you have it all layed out perfectly to measure and you come on here to ask how long it is o.O? – Lucas Kauffman Dec 31 '12 at 15:54
We don't have tools to measure it in our desks – Kedare Dec 31 '12 at 15:55
All you need is a human body to get a rough estimate. – Zoredache Dec 31 '12 at 23:09
@Zoredache Our DLT tapes are 900 penises long. – HopelessN00b Jan 2 '13 at 2:53
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Each generation of DLT was different:

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Standard 40/80GB DLT cartridges have ~557 meters of linear tape housed inside.

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Is this the same length for all DLT versions ? – Kedare Dec 31 '12 at 15:55
No... this is for the most common 40/80GB DLT IV type. – ewwhite Dec 31 '12 at 15:56

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