HP M8805A LTO 6 FC Tape Drive


The HP Model M8805A LTO-6 SAS manual load tabletop tape drive is designed for NonStop Integrity NS-Series servers and Blade systems.

The HP M8805A LTO-6 represents HP's fifth-generation of LTO tape drive technology capable of storing up to 6TB per cartridge. The M8805A provides investment protection with full read and write backward support with LTO-5 media, and the ability to read LTO-4 media. By nearly doubling the capacity of previous generation LTO Ultrium drives, HP customers now require fewer data cartridges to meet their storage needs, significantly reducing their IT costs and increasing their ROI.

The HP M8805A LTO-6 SAS tape drive lowers the cost of an entry-level tape drive on NonStop Integrity NS-Series servers and Blade systems while increasing both capacity and performance.

  • High-Capacity: Large-capacity drive capable of storing up to 6TB (with LTO-6) of compressed storage on a single cartridge, requiring fewer data cartridges to meet storage needs, significantly reducing IT costs
  • Reliable: HP's exclusive data rate matching feature automatically adjusts the drive's read and write speed based on the server and network environment, which increases performance, reduces mechanical wear on the drive, and extends tape life. Softload feature automatically takes the data cartridge and moves it into the load position. Advanced tape leader capture design ensures fail-safe cartridge loading. Active head cleaning provides automated cleaning that increases head life and reduces the need for using the cleaning cartridge.
  • Affordable: High capacity combined with low media cost delivers an exceptionally low cost of ownership and ensures a faster return on investment
  • Investment Protection: Delivers a compelling technology roadmap that offers higher capacity and performance tape solutions with backward read and write compatibility for previous drive generations

Minimum System OS Requirements:

  • HP Integrity NonStop servers requires Guardian Release H06.29 or later

  • HP NonStop Blade systems requires Guardian Release J06.18 or later

Technical Specifications:

M8805A Tape Drive

Tape Format         

Ultrium generation 6

Tape Media Compatibility

Read/Write Ultrium 6 & 5, read only Ultrium 4

Cartridge Capacity

2.5 TB native; Up to 6.25 TB compressed (assuming 2:1)

Data Transfer Rate

Up to 160 MB/s native; 400 MB/s compressed (LTO 6)

Buffer size

512 MB

Data access time

50 seconds from beginning of LTO-6 media (average)

Rewind tape speed

9 m/s for (LTO-6, LTO-5 and LTO-4 media)


SAS External: mini-SAS SFF8088

Plug Type

6Gb/sec Dual Port SAS



100 – 240 VAC, 50 – 60 Hz auto ranging, 0.8 A max


(H x W x D)                                                  3 x 8.8 x 11.7 in  (7.7 x 22.3 x 29.5 cm)

Hardware Configurations

HP Part

Product ID




HP LTO-6 SAS Tabletop Tape Drive

SAS Cables

M8906-02 SFF-8088 to SFF-8088, 2 meters ( 6 feet )
M8906-04 SFF-8088 to SFF-8088, 4 meters (13 feet )
M8906-06 SFF-8088 to SFF-8088, 6 meters ( 20 feet )