Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I don't rip off old LTO labels that often, but it is very annoying when I do have to do it. Is there a stickerless solution? Perhaps stick on clear sleeves or plastic tabs that hold removable labels?


locked by HopelessN00b Jan 21 '15 at 11:44

This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here. This question and its answers are frozen and cannot be changed. More info: help center.

closed as off-topic by HopelessN00b Jan 21 '15 at 11:44

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

A dab of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel usually takes the sticker right off in my experience. Or, just put the new sticker right over the old one.

I think you may be overthinking this.

Food for thought: Do you even really want a solution where it's easy to take a barcode label off? If you inventory your tapes entirely by barcode and you need to restore, what do you do if the "easy to remove" label has been knocked off of two of your tapes in transit? You've just complicated your restore immensely.

Labels peeling of when not wanted is a major pita. I had a label coming off once in a Magstar library. It ended up in one of the tape-drives. Luckily not with the sticky side against anything so I was able to suck it out with a vacuum-cleaner. (Not enough space to get my fingers in. And the angle made it impossible to get at it with pincers.) Since that day I check religiously if new labels stick really well. – Tonny Oct 21 '13 at 21:28
@Tonny I didn't even think of the label coming off inside of the robot. That would be terrible. Imagine a weekend set of fulls failing because a label is stuck in the loader? – MDMarra Oct 21 '13 at 22:03
I imagine a label can come off easily when intended or not so easily when not intended. (e.g. zippers, velcro, clasps on the side of memory modules, etc.) Whether or not someone or some company has crafted this solution, I don't know... :) – Ryan Oct 22 '13 at 0:53

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.