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    ASTM E1453 - 20

    Standard Guide for Storage of Magnetic Tape Media that Contains Analog or Digital Radioscopic Data

    Active Standard ASTM E1453 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    3.1 The provisions of this guide are intended to control and maintain the quality of recorded industrial electronic data from radioscopy and unrecorded magnetic and optical media only, and are not intended to control the acceptability of the materials or products examined. It is further intended that this guide be used as an adjunct to Guide E1000 and Practice E1255.

    3.2 The necessity for applying specific control procedures such as those described in this guide is dependent to a certain extent, on the degree to which the user adheres to good recording and storage practices as a matter of routine procedure. Such practices should follow the best-usage practices outlined by both the mechanism and media datasheets.

    3.3 This guide has been updated to provide guidance on the LTO and IBM 3592 families of data storage tape formats. The LTO and 3592 family of tape formats are the only remaining actively developed data tape formats.5

    3.4 While the above indicated media are the only active digital tape formats on the market, archives of older media, including those with analog data, remain under retention requirements. The changes made here are conservative and do not negatively impact the storage of older media formats.

    3.5 The longevity in which the recorded data, either analog or digital, maintains its integrity on magnetic media varies greatly from one media to another. As such, it is considered best practice to duplicate the media at the manufacturer’s suggested interval to prevent loss of the recorded data through degradation. On average, this is every five years.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide may be used for the control and maintenance of recorded and unrecorded magnetic and optical media of analog or digital electronic data from industrial radioscopy.

    1.2 Units—The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific precautionary statements, see Section 6.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1000 Guide for Radioscopy

    E1255 Practice for Radioscopy


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 35.220.01 (Data storage devices in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31201526(Magnetic tape)


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    DOI: 10.1520/E1453-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM E1453-20, Standard Guide for Storage of Magnetic Tape Media that Contains Analog or Digital Radioscopic Data, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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