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Doug Weiner
Are LTO-8 Tapes available for purchase in Asia or Europe?
on May 15, 2019 at 1:03:56 pm

I know the patent lawsuit has impacted LTO8 tapes sold in the US, but can LTO-8 be purchase in Asia or Europe? I don't need hundreds of tapes, just about 20 will hold me over for at least a year. These could fit into my carry-on.

Doug


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Jerzy Zbyslaw
Re: Are LTO-8 Tapes available for purchase in Asia or Europe?
on May 16, 2019 at 6:51:03 am

There are none for sale in Australia so I'm guessing this shortage is global but if you have an LTO8 drive then you can use 6TB LTO7 tapes which are USD $60 or instead you can use LTO7 type M ones that store 9TB for $62.


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Martin Greenwood
Re: Are LTO-8 Tapes available for purchase in Asia or Europe?
on May 16, 2019 at 7:56:44 am

None available in Europe, however I heard a good rumour that supply will resume over the next few months.

As Jerzy said you can use Type M tapes, however I would suggest buying ordinary LTO-7 rather than pre-initialised ones. Then use an app like YoYotta LTFS to init as Type-M as required. The reason is once initialised as Type-M they cannot be used as regular tapes in a LTO-7 drive.

Best,

Martin Greenwood

CTO

YoYotta.com


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