HP AQ288D#103 2.50TB/6.25TB Tape Drive LTO - 6 Lib Expansion
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AQ288D#103 HP 2.50TB/6.25TB MSL LTO 6 Ultrium 6250 SAS Tape Refurbished

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AQ288D#103 HP 2.50TB/6.25TB MSL LTO 6 Ultrium 6250 SAS Tape Drive | Refurbished
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Product overview of the HP AQ288D#103

The HP AAQ288D#103 is a tape drive system designed for data storage and backup purposes. Specifically, this system includes an HP 2.50TB/6.25TB MSL LTO 6 Ultrium 6250 SAS tape drive, which is a high-capacity, high-speed tape drive that is commonly used in enterprise environments for long-term storage and data archiving. In this article, we will discuss in detail the features and capabilities of the HP AAQ288D#103 tape drive system.

Features and Specifications

The HP AAQ288D#103 tape drive system includes an HP 2.50TB/6.25TB MSL LTO 6 Ultrium 6250 SAS tape drive, which is designed to provide reliable, high-capacity data storage and backup. This tape drive uses the LTO 6 Ultrium standard, which is the latest iteration of the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology. This technology is widely used in enterprise environments due to its high capacity, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.

The HP 2.50TB/6.25TB MSL LTO 6 Ultrium 6250 SAS tape drive has a native capacity of 2.5TB and a compressed capacity of up to 6.25TB. This means that it can store large amounts of data on a single tape cartridge, which is ideal for long-term data archiving and backup purposes. In addition, the tape drive has a maximum data transfer rate of 400MB/s (or 1.4TB/hour), which enables fast and efficient data backup and retrieval.

The tape drive uses a SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interface, which provides a high-speed, point-to-point connection between the tape drive and the host computer. This interface is commonly used in enterprise environments due to its high performance and reliability. The tape drive also includes a 512MB buffer memory, which helps to improve data transfer rates and reduce the risk of data loss.

In addition to the tape drive itself, the HP AAQ288D#103 tape drive system includes a number of other components that are essential for data storage and backup. These components include a tape cartridge, a cleaning cartridge, and software for managing the tape drive and the data stored on it.


The HP AAQ288D#103 tape drive system is suitable for a wide range of applications in enterprise environments. Some of the most common applications include:

  • Data Backup and Recovery: The tape drive system is ideal for backing up large amounts of data on a regular basis. This ensures that critical data is protected in the event of a system failure, natural disaster, or other unforeseen event.
  • Long-Term Data Archiving: The tape drive system is also well-suited for long-term data archiving. Data that is no longer needed for day-to-day operations can be stored on tape cartridges and kept for many years, ensuring that it is always available when needed.
  • Compliance and Regulatory Requirements: Many industries are subject to strict data retention and compliance requirements. The tape drive system can help organizations meet these requirements by providing a secure and reliable method for storing and managing data.
  • Cloud Backup: The HP AAQ288D#103 tape drive system can also be used in conjunction with cloud backup services. Data can be backed up to tape cartridges and then transferred to the cloud for additional redundancy and disaster recovery capabilities.

Finally, the HP AAQ288D#103 tape drive system is a reliable and high-capacity solution for data storage and backup. It includes an HP 2.50TB/6.25TB MSL LTO 6 Ultrium 6250 SAS tape drive, which provides fast data transfer rates and high-capacity storage.

General Information abot the HP Tape Drive

  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Model Number or SKU# AQ288D#103
  • Product Type: Tape Drive
  • Interfaces Type: Serial Attached SCSI(SAS)

Key Features

  • Tape Type : Lto Ultrium 6 Tape Drive
  • Native Drive Capacity : 2.50TB
  • Compressed Drive Capacity : 6.25TB

Recording Formats

  • Lto Ultrium 4(read)
  • Lto Ultrium 5 (read/write)
  • Lto Ultrium 6 (read/write)


  • HP Storeever Msl Tape Libraries
  • Msl2024
  • Msl4048
  • Msl8096

Dimensions & Weight

  • Height: 7.2 Inch
  • Width: 13.2 Inch
  • Depth: 15.2 Inch
  • Weight: 7.35 Lbs

About Refurbished Products

Refurbished products are typically refurbished by an Original Manufacturer or an affiliate of the manufacturer or 3rd party facility. This product may have minor blemishes due to normal product usage and doesn't necessarily come with documentation and software unless indicated, but has been well tested and generally has never had any defects.

Tape Storage

Media preservation has come a long way, and the methods of storing data over the years are ever-changing. However, one method had stood out since its invention in 1949; and that's tape storage. If you are looking for durability, low cost, longevity, energy efficiency, density, and scalability, then investing in tape storage is a smart move. Thanks to our vast collection of tape drive storage devices, you are all covered when this is what you need. Depending on your budget and storage needs, you can choose from categories including LTO - 5 Lib Expansion, LTO - 5 Rack Mount, LTO - 5 Library, LTO - 6 Library, LTO - 6 Rack Mount, LTO - 6 Lib Expansion, LTO - 6 Internal, LTO - 6 External, LTO - 6 Auto Loader, Magstar Internal, SDLT 220 External, SDLT 220 Internal, SDLT 320 External, SDLT 320 Loader, SDLT 320 Internal, SDLT 600 External, SDLT 600 Internal, SDLT 600 Loader, Storageworks Internal, Storageworks Library, Travan 10-20GB Internal, and Travan 20-40GB Internal. Tape drives present an excellent means to write data to storage and hold onto data for a couple of decades. They make an ideal medium for long-term storage and backups.

What is Tape Storage?

A tape drive is a storage device designed to store data on magnetic tape. It is primarily used for backup and archiving purposes. It functions like a tape recorder in recording data on a loop of a flexible celluloid-like medium that is readable and erasable. Tape drives operate in two ways. The first uses a linear tape technology where the heads never touch the tape or a regular helical scan where the playback and recording heads touch the tape.

Choosing a Tape Drive; Buying Guide

There are countless tape drives available on the market today; these few considerations will keep you on track when choosing one.

Transfer rate

You'd want to go for a tape drive with the ability to complete a tape backup within your window of possibility. For instance, back up 400GB will call for a transfer rate of approximately 30GB/hour.


Tape drive manufacturers are always known to specify the drive's Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF). Check this vital information to measure the reliability of the drive. A typical example is the Travan tape drive with an MTBF of 370,000 hours at a 20% duty cycle, and running the drive longer will reduce its reliability. Depending on your needs, you can tell if this tape drive is the best or not.


A tape drive should have the capacity to store your backups, and well come at the right price. The price of the drive is a function of capacity and performance. There are continuous modifications in tape capacity; the largest capacity is always a high price. However, it would help if you considered how much value-for-money the tape drive will give you. Depending on your budget and needs, you may prefer capacity over performance and vice versa.

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