midpoint load

midpoint load

A dual-hub magnetic tape cartridge that is positioned at the middle of the tape to start. It enables faster searching than a single hub where all searches must start at the beginning. Magstar MP and the LTO Ultrium formats use this method.
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The use of midpoint load shows promise for improving initial access times on dual-axis tape cartridges by theoretically reducing the distance needed to find the first byte of data.
Each cartridge features a unique midpoint load design that significantly reduces random search times for extremely fast data access and retrieval.