Get Archiving with YoYotta LTFS

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

YoYotta 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.


YoYotta LTFS

YoYotta LTFS includes all the features of YoYotta and adds 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. YoYotta names, formats, mounts and repairs tape archives. During the archive YoYotta calculates MD5 checksums and then automatically uses these to read back and verify every file.
YoYotta 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 2.4 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.
Note that a minimum of 100GB space is reserved. So the usable space is a little smaller.
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 YoYotta ID 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 support@yoyotta.com 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.
YoYotta 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 an LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5 tape drive. LTO drives have either SAS or Fibre Channel interfaces. We suggest SAS it's cheaper, uses more durable cables, there is no configuration and it gives the same performance.
To connect a SAS or FC LTO-5, 6, 7 or 8 drive to a Mac use the ATTO ExpressSAS H680, H1280 or ATTO Celerity FC PCIe cards from ATTO.
H644 and H608 cards can also be used, but ensure they have the correct SAS connectors for your drive.
See this link for more details on the ATTO.
These PCIe cards can go in a Thunderbolt expansion like the Sonnet Echo Express SEL shown here.

The Sonnet Echo Express SEL is a compact Thunderbolt enclosure that holds a PCIe card like the ATTO H680. A lot of our customers use this to connect to a desktop SAS LTO drive or tape library. Get the Thunderbolt 3 unit as this means that there is plenty of bandwidth for multiple LTO drives and also daisy chaining other Thunderbolt units. The Apple TB3 -> TB2 adaptor allows connection to older Thunderbolt 2 Macs. There are also other units that hold more than one card.


Alternatively you can fit the PCIe card inside an older MacPro.
There are also units from 1 Beyond, MagStor and mLogic that include an internal Thunderbolt to SAS adaptor so they can plug straight into a Mac. There is also a Unitex unit that has an internal USB3 to SAS adaptor.

ATTO Thunderlink SH1068, SH2068 TB-SAS, ThunderStream SC4808 adaptors, R680 or R644 PCIe RAID SAS cards do not support TLR which is a required protocol. So they are not compatible with LTFS running on any operating system.


1Beyond ThunderTape3

Portable unit with a Thunderbolt interface. Can hold one or two LTO drives. With two drives and YoYotta 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 YoYotta Automation

YoYotta software runs on Apple macOS Mojave 10.14, 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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