i just did some research on using LTO-7 Media (6TB native) inside a LTO-8 Device an initialize this as an "LTO-8 M" Cartridge. So that native capacity goes up to 9 TB.
The fact is that native LTO-7 Media all use a barcode Label ending with L7. So first you need a new Barcode-Label "M8". Buy this one at your local reseller or distributor
After that the cartridge can be initialized to the new higher capacity. But NOT if it has been initialized as LTO-7 before!
i get the following document from some fellow IBM guys here in germany:https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/form/anonymous/api/wiki/755cc512-afb1-4f65-88ec-c62fbb6efbd4/page/c3cd6161-9eba-42e9-9d53-bf98b5ce7c83/attachment/364645e7-3250-4e82-b331-0b4fc6f3d985/media/LTO-8%20Type%20M%20FAQ.doc
As stated in the FAQ Doc the M8 cartridges come pre-initialized by the vendor or when inserting brand new cartridges into a LTO-8 compatible Lib.
And initialize them right after inserting them.
any thoughts on this ?