Get Archiving with YoYottaID LTFS

Create cross platform LTFS archives using LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5 tapes

YoYottaID LTFS controls one or two standalone LTO tape drives

LTFS Archiving

Linear Tape File System is a standard format for writing files to tape. It's ideal for storing production and post media as the LTO tapes can be mounted and read on Linux, macOS and Windows. You aren't locked into a proprietary archive.


YoYottaID LTFS includes all the features of YoYottaID and add the ability to create archives in parallel to two standalone LTO drives using LTFS. Quickly create industry standard archives on LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5 tapes. YoYottaID names, formats, mounts and repairs tape archives. YoYottaID remembers the contents of every tape created so later on you can search to find the location of shots.

LTO Tape

LTO-5 tape holds 1.35 TB and can be read or written at 140MB/s.
LTO-6 tape holds 2.35 TB and are a little faster at 160MB/s.
LTO-7 tape holds 5.7 TB and are a lot faster at 250-300MB/s.
LTO-8 tape holds 11.4 TB and are a lot faster at 250-300MB/s.
Unlike hard drives the tapes are designed with a 30 year shelf life.
All tapes must have barcode labels, this identifies the tape and allows use in a library.
We can supply LTO tapes at great prices with custom YoYottaID labels printed on durable plastic. They have a standard barcode, plus a globally unique NFC chip that allowing easy tracking. You can add unique text labels on the left as shown opposite. So you can clearly label Master and Safety, or add a project ident. Unlike other labels each tape can have a different code, you are not limited to a set sequence.
IBM make all LTO-7 and LTO-8 mechanisms, so we supply IBM Barium Ferrite tapes for perfect compatibility.
Contact for a quote.

Smart Queuing

LTFS does allow access from the desktop, but it is not the fastest way to read and write.
Remember that LTFS is a tape that cannot be accessed in parallel.
YoYottaID has a smart queue, so multiple backups to tape can be started and they will be processed in order.

Connecting LTO drives to a Mac

The LTFS standard requires LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5 tape drives. Drives are available with Fibre Channel, SAS, USB3 or Thunderbolt.
To connect a SAS or FC LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5 drive to the old MacPro use the ATTO ExpressSAS H680 or Celerity FC PCIe cards from ATTO.
The H644 card can also be used, although it just has one external connector.
See this link for more details on the ATTO.
These PCIe cards can go inside the older MacPro or in a Thunderbolt expansion like the Sonnet Echo Express SEL shown here.
The 1 Beyond ThunderTape3 and mTape Thunderbolt units plug straight into a Mac.
If using two or LTO drives they can be from different manufacturers.

Currently the USB3 LTO drives run at a slower speed, so we would recommend SAS or Thunderbolt.

1Beyond ThunderTape3

Portable unit with a Thunderbolt interface. Can hold one or two LTO drives. With two drives and YoYottaID LTFS you can make master and safety LTO tapes in parallel saving a huge amount of time.

HPE LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5

SAS interface

IBM LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5

SAS interface

mLogic mTape LTO-8, LTO-7 or LTO-6

IBM LTO drive with a Thunderbolt interface in a compact enclosure. The mTape will connect directly to the Mac. It also has a SAS output to allow the easy connection of a second drive.

Read more about mLogic mTape
Read more installing an mLogic mTape

Quantum Ultrium LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5

SAS or FC interface

For LTO Library support or to control more than 2 drives use YoYottaID Automation

YoYottaID software runs on Apple macOS High Sierra 10.13, Sierra 10.12, El Capitan 10.11, Yosemite 10.10, Mavericks 10.9. macOS 10.11 or newer is recommended.

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