Have an LTO 8 tape drive but can’t find any LTO 8 Tapes! You are not alone. A patent infringement lawsuit between Sony and FujiFilm has temporarily stopped the import of all LTO 8 tapes into the United States.
How can I get the most out of my LTO 8 tape drive? The LTO Program has introduced a new capability for LTO-8 drives: The ability of an LTO-8 drive to write and read 9 TB (or up to 22.5TB compressed @ 2.5:1) on a brand new LTO-7 tape cartridge instead of the 6 TB specified by the LTO-7 format. This LTO 7 tape is known as LTO-7 Type M media and it has a barcode label with a M8 Media Identifier. Type M cartridges can only be initialized in libraries or autoloaders. Although standalone LTO-8 drives cannot initialize Type M cartridges, they can read and write LTO-7 Type M cartridges that have been initialized in a library or autoloader.
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Note: If you have a standalone LTO 8 tape drive, we have the abilty to initialize/format IBM LTO 8 Tapes (and only IBM tape media) as Type M.
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