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LTO Tape Drives -- if wrong size ?

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Will a Dell PowerVault 124T that MAXS out at LTO5 display some
type of warning/etc if someone insert a LTO6 by mistake ?

I called Dell support, but they did not know.
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LTO from what I understand is backwards compatible at least twio generation so a lto 5 drive should read and write to an lto4 tape and read LTO3 but can not read forward. So you will need an LTO6 drive to read an LTO 6 tape.

I do not imagine you will get a warning as such but should get a read or write error as it can not read or write to the tape. So just thinks its corrupted (I have never tried it so can not be sure )

 
          LTO Tape Drives
Tape Format       LTO-6       LTO-5       LTO-4       LTO-3       LTO-2       LTO-1
LTO-6                 RW       -                -                  -               -           -
LTO-5                 RW       RW                 -             -       -       -
LTO-4                 R               RW                RW       -        -             -
LTO-3                 -               R                RW              RW              -       -
LTO-2                 -               -                R              RW          RW       -
LTO-1                 -               -                -             R          RW       RW
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Difficult to know if you want to insert a tape or a drive into it.

If you want to upgrade the drive the library supports LTO6 drives if you install the latest firmware on it.

The Dell PowerVault 124T Firmware Release A24 contains updated following FW updates:
Autoloader FW = V91
LTO4 drive = E4J1
LT06 drive = E6R1

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=PKNV9&fileId=3392970260&osCode=WLHS1&productCode=powervault-124t&languageCode=EN&categoryId=TA
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