That depends on your drive and tape model. Please see an example from Tandberg - section "When to Replace Cartridges".What criteria does it use to decide whether to retire them?
Try placing a knowingly bad tape and see what happens, if any errors present in tape server log.Is there any way of testing if my drive has this capability?
I believe that in order to get answers to these question you need to either test it yourself or contact your drive manufacturer/refer to drive user guide.And will there be a warning before it happens?<...>will I get a warning if I put it in the drive this week for a job that's scheduled to run tonight?
Tape lifespan depends on a number of factors i.e. temperature, humidity, magnetic fields, mechanical effects etc. LTO tapes are reported to last for 20-30 years, again, depending on operating conditions.LTO tapes last way longer, so I want to try using them till they can't be used anymore.
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