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Abstract Preview

This International Standard specifies the physical and magnetic characteristics of a 3,81 mm wide magnetic tape cartridge to

enable physical interchangeability of such cartridges between drives. It also specifies the quality of the recorded signals, the

recording method and the recorded format - called Digital Data Storage 4 (DDS-4) - thereby allowing data interchange between

drives by means of such magnetic tape cartridges.

Information interchange between systems also requires, at a minimum, agreement between the interchange parties upon the

interchange code(s) and the specifications of the structure and labelling of the information on the interchanged cartridge.

Under information interchange circumstances in which a processing algorithm, e.g. for lossless data compression as specified in

ISO/IEC 11558, is applied to the host data prior to recording on the tape and a complementary reprocessing algorithm is

applied after the data is read from the tape, agreement upon these by the interchange parties is also required.


General information

  • Status :  Published
    Publication date : 2000-09
  • Edition : 1
    Number of pages : 102
  • :
    ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 23
    Digitally recorded media for information interchange and storage
  • 35.220.23
    Cassettes and cartridges for magnetic tapes

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