Maxell Announces New LTO Cartridge Memory Analyzer to Help Determine the Dependability of Data Storage Cartridges

December 9, 2008

Maxell’s LTO Cartridge Memory Analyzer Reveals Cartridge and Tape Drive Condition, so Businesses Can Store Critical Data with Confidence.

FAIR LAWN, NJ, – December 8, 2008 – Maxell Corporation of America, the technology leader in data storage and backup tape, announces a revolutionary product for all businesses backing up their company’s most vital information onto storage media, such as a cartridge or tape. The Maxell LTO Cartridge Memory (CM) Analyzer can tell whether or not a company’s data storage cartridge is in good enough condition to trust in saving important records (visit to view a complete list of data storage media offered). This innovative design analyzes the quality of data storage cartridges by reading information stored on the memory chip and determining whether the cartridge is still intact or has deteriorated.

While most businesses recognize the importance of backing up their data, many don’t realize that part of this process involves ensuring that the storage device being used is actually doing its job. It is nearly impossible to judge the cartridge quality from the outside appearance, which leads many companies to unknowingly gamble with their data. The Maxell LTO Cartridge Memory Analyzer provides that access into a cartridge’s record in a clear and easy to understand format to help in determining a usable cartridge from a failing one.

As part of being able to store critical data with confidence, the CM Analyzer allows a business to create its own parameters for cartridge quality using a single score number that is automatically and consistently calculated from all available data. MaxellScore is a Tape Evaluation Score ranging from 0 (very bad) to 100 (very good). Within seconds, it is apparent if a used cartridge meets the standards set by the user.

“Maxell has always strived to support its customers by providing them with unparalleled products in both quality and convenience,” said Blake Parton, Maxell Marketing Manager of Commercial Data Storage. “With the new LTO Cartridge Memory Analyzer, businesses are able to ‘look inside’ their cartridge and find out whether or not it is working to their standards.”

The Maxell brand is known for quality, reliability and innovation. As the first in the world to develop and market Super DLTtape® I, LTO Ultrium 1, LTO Ultrium 2, Super DLTtape® II, LTO Ultrium 3, DLTtape® S4, LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges, and now the LTO Cartridge Memory Analyzer, Maxell continues to be widely recognized as a major provider within the data storage industry, remaining at the forefront of the data recording business.

How It Works

The cartridge is placed on top of the Maxell CM reader and after being connected through a USB port to any recent Windows operating system, the display immediately shows all relevant information with regards to the value of the storage device (e.g. percentage of records in error, number of cartridge loads, age of cartridge, and details of the last four times the cartridge was used and in what drive(s).)

Main Features of Maxell CM Reader

  • Save Cartridge History: Allows the user to quickly read and save the memory contents of many cartridges. This feature is also able to recognize all previously scanned cartridges. It will automatically find and append the previously saved file, allowing one to easily build a complete performance record for each cartridge.
  • Open: Opens and displays previously saved files. This feature can also perform a statistical analysis on multiple files, displaying statistical data including maximum, minimum, average, and standard deviation from the selected files. Unacceptable cartridges will always be immediately shown.
  • Usage History Screen: Scanning a cartridge periodically with the Save Cartridge History option enabled, creates a complete record of the cartridge. This is the best way to track cartridge performance and the time when it should be retired.
  • Summary Screen: This display gives users the most important information on the cartridge, allowing the results of several cartridges to be selected at a time. Values that are outside acceptable norms are highlighted in order of severity in yellow, orange, and red colors. Cartridges that do not meet the standards set by the user can immediately be identified and discarded.

About Maxell

Maxell Corporation of America, a technology and marketing leader, is a full line manufacturer of digital media products for consumer, professional and computer data storage markets.  Maxell is a recognized and trusted brand for over thirty years that delivers turns innovative technology into performance reality.  Maxell’s data storage group provides one of the industry’s broadest lines of premium digital recording media, including LTO Ultrium, DLTtape, Super DLTtape, DDS / DAT and 3590E data cartridges, and is a complete supplier of recordable DVD and CD media.

Maxell products offer the most comprehensive and extensive warranties in the industry along with a 24/7/365 toll free technical support and disaster recovery service.  Maxell’s Center of Knowledge can assist in designing customized training programs, tape testing, tape verification and offers free high quality Tri-Optic barcode labeling. Additional information on Maxell can be found on the company’s web site:

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