The tape cartridge has a write-protect switch to prevent accidental erasure of data (see Figure 26).
Before loading a tape cartridge into a drive, position the write-protect switch on the front of the cartridge.
- If the switch is down, the cartridge is write-protected
- If the switch is up, the cartridge is write-enabled
When the switch is moved down, a small orange rectangle is visible on data cartridges. This indicates data cannot be written to the tape.
When the switch is moved up (the orange rectangle is not visible) data can be written to the tape.
If required, software can be used to protect the data cartridges.
This allows the host, when appropriate, to identify a cartridge that no longer contains current data
and can be used as a scratch tape.
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