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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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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. vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/bodyruler –  Zoredache Dec 31 '12 at 23:09
    
@Zoredache Our DLT tapes are 900 penises long. –  HopelessN00b Jan 2 '13 at 2:53
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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
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No... this is for the most common 40/80GB DLT IV type. –  ewwhite Dec 31 '12 at 15:56
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