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Preinitialized LTO-7 Type M Media

 
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Preinitialized LTO-7 Type M Media

Are Q2078MN tapes preinitialized as LTO-7 Type M (9TB native / 22.5TB compressed), or does this need to be done in a tape library?

The specifications say "LTO-8 Type M LTO-7 Initialized"

https://www.hpe.com/uk/en/product-catalog/storage/storage-media/pip.specifications.hpe-lto-ultrium-cartridges.1010649439.html

But the box contains a sheet similar to the following pdf, with the text

"Initializing LTO-7 Type M cartridgesLTO-7 Type M cartridges are initialized the first time they are accessed by an LTO-8 drive within an automation environment that supports Type M"

https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/V2/getpdf.aspx/A00039948ENW.pdf?

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Re: Preinitialized LTO-7 Type M Media

LTO-7 Type M cartridges must be initialized in a library that supports LTO-7 Type M.
The library makes the decision on the type of cartridge based upon the cartridge bar code – if the last two characters
are “M8” it will be initialized as Type M, otherwise it will be initialized as a normal LTO-7 cartridge


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Re: Preinitialized LTO-7 Type M Media

As the previous response indicated, Type M tapes have to be initialized in a tape library that supports initialization of Type M tapes.  For HPE tape libraries, any tape library that supports LTO-8 also supports Type M and uses the barcode to determine if a tape should be initialized as Type M.

These tapes come pre-labeled with a barcode that indicates they should be initialized as Type M and using them in an HPE LTO-8 tape library will initialize them to the Type M capacity.

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