HP ULTRIUM 215 LTO1 Tape Array Module Drive C7492A

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HP ULTRIUM 215 LTO1 Tape Array Module Drive C7492A

As the entry point for HP’s Ultrium tape drive family, the HP StorageWorks Ultrium 215 tape drive offers superdrive capacity in a compact half-height form factor that makes it easy to integrate into desktop workstations and servers.

An ideal solution for network backup where capacity and low cost of ownership are critical, the Ultrium 215 stores 200 GB of compressed data on a single tape at up to 54 GB per hour.

Despite its low cost, the Ultrium 215′s rugged design delivers excellent reliability, even at 100% duty cycles, and includes many of the advanced features of its bigger siblings.


The drive employs data rate matching to adjust to the speed of the host, reducing wear and tear on both drive and media and increasing performance, particularly on slower systems.


HP StorageWorks One-Button Disaster Recovery takes the worry out of disaster planning – making the Ultrium 215 especially suitable for environments with limited IT support.


Whether it’s for a single server or just one part of a backup environment that includes high-performance Ultrium drives, the Ultrium 215 is the ideal match for midrange servers.



  • Dependable: Sets new standards for data integrity and reliability with a simple and robust design based on inherently reliable LTO technology
  • High-Capacity: Stores all your data on a single cartridge to make your backups and restores simpler
  • Fast: Minimizes network interruption with blazing speed and dynamic data rate matching that squeezes optimal performance from your server and network environment
  • Easy: Supports HP StorageWorks One-Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR), simply the easiest way to restore data in the event of a disaster
  • Affordable: High capacity combined with low media cost delivers an exceptionally low cost of ownership
  • Manageable: Includes HP StorageWorks Library and Tape Tools, which provide superior management capabilities that make the drives easy to install, use and support
  • Well-Connected: Compatible with all leading operating systems, backup software and servers
  • Future-Proof: Delivers a compelling technology roadmap, doubling speed and capacity each generation
  • Open: Based on LTO technology, which delivers the competitive benefits of an open format
  • Reliable: Simple, high-integrity data path including read and write DRAM protects your data
Mount Type
IO Module Connector
68-pin LVDS
Indicator Types
Activity Indicators
Ready On, Steady The drive is ready for use. It is powered up but not doing anything. On, flashing The drive is busy. For example: it is carrying out Write, Read, Self Test or firmware download. Flashing pattern The drive is in OBDR mode. Off The drive power is off or there was a failure during self-test.
Drive Error Off No fault has been detected. On, flashing The drive has suffered an unrecoverable hardware failure. A power cycle or a successful tape load will turn off the LED, but if the hardware fault is still present it will come on again if the same operation is performed.
Tape Error Off No fault has been detected. On, flashing The tape currently in the drive is faulty. This LED could come on for a number of reasons, but they all relate to the tape being in error in some way, such as unreadable cartridge memory or unsupported tape. Do not use the cartridge; replace it.
Use Cleaning Cartridge or Clean On, steady A cleaning cartridge is being used. The Ready light will also flash. On, flashing The drive needs cleaning. The light will continue to flash if the drive is power cycled, and will only go out after a supported cleaning tape has been used. Off Drive does not require clean
Location Indicators
Front Panel
Front Panel
Front Panel
Front Panel
Cartridge Memory
4.0 KB
Average File-Access Time
142.0 sec
Buffer Memory
16 MB
Rewind Buffer Size
16.0 MB
Rewind Speed
2.05 m/sec
Tape Speed
2.05 m/sec
Data Transfer Rate
7.5 MB/sec
Data Transfer Rate, Note
Sustained Transfer Rate, Compressed
15.0 MB/sec
Sustained Transfer Rate, Native
7.5 MB/sec
Input-output Port
Wide Ultra2 SCSI (LVDS)
Utility Voltage Tolerance, Unit of Measure
Power Supply Total Power, Maximum
38.0 W
Power Supply Total Power, Typical
19.0 W
Compressed Drive Capacity
200.0 GB
Native Drive Capacity
100.0 GB
Number of Installed Drives
SCSI Interface
Wide Ultra2 SCSI (LVDS)
Mean Time Between Failure
250000.0 hrs @100% duty cycle
Product Recording Method
Product Recording Technology
Ultrium 8-channel linear serpentine
Undetected Error Rate
1 in 1 ×1017 bits
Product Data Compression Algorithm
Generation 1 Data Compression LTO-DC (enhanced version of ALDC)
Product Error Detection or Correction
Reed Solomon
Form Factor
One-button Disaster Recovery
environmental information
Maximum Temperature Range, Non-operating (imperial) 151.0 ° F
Relative Non-condensing Humidity, Maximum 80.0 % non-condensing
compliance information
Safety Requirement and Approvals CSA Certification to C22.2, No. 950 Amd 4, UL Listed to UL 1950 Amd 4, TÜV EN60950 (IEC 950), CE Declaration of Conformity CE 73/23/EEC (amended by 93/68/EED), FCC 47 CFR Parts 2 & 15 with reference to ASNSI C63.4:1992 (CISPR 22:1985 with amendments); C-TICK Approved (AS/NZS 3548), RRL Approved (RRL MIC No. 1996-18), GOSH CB report with deviations; BQIQ Approved (CNS 13438)
physical information
Maximum Loaded Weight with Packaging (imperial) 10.3 lb

Chris Whitehead

Chris Whitehead is a tape drive repair and data storage expert based in Reading, Berkshire, providing tape drive repair and data storage solutions across the UK.