To maintain the operating efficiency of the drive, IBM® supplies a cleaning cartridge with the first frame of each media type. Each drive determines when it needs to be cleaned and alerts the library. Depending on which cleaning method you choose (automatic or manual), the library uses the cleaning cartridge to automatically clean the drive or you are required to select menus to initiate cleaning.
The LTO Cleaning Cartridge (known as the universal cleaning cartridge) and the LTO Cleaning Cartridge are compatible with all LTO tape drives.
To enable your LTO drive to use these cartridges, update the drive with the latest drive firmware.