Get Archiving with YoYottaID LTFS

Create cross platform LTFS archives using LTO-5, LTO-6 or LTO-7 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-5, LTO-6 or LTO-7 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 1.5 TB and can be read or written at 140MB/s.
LTO-6 tape holds 2.5 TB and are a little faster at 160MB/s.
LTO-7 tape holds 5 TB and are a lot faster at 250MB/s.
Unlike hard drives the tapes are designed with a 30 year shelf life.

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.


The LTFS standard requires LTO-5, LTO-6 or LTO-7 tape drives. Drives are available with Fibre Channel, SAS, USB3 or Thunderbolt.
To connect a SAS or FC LTO-5, LTO-6 or LTO-7 drive to the old MacPro use the ATTO ExpressSAS H680 or Celerity FC PCIe cards from ATTO. These cards will also fit into a Sonnet PCIe chassis which has a Thunderbolt connection or use the ATTO ThunderLink Thunderbolt to SAS adaptor. The mTape Thunderbolt unit plugs straight into the Mac.
If using two or LTO drives they can be from different manufacturers.

HPE LTO-5, LTO-6 and LTO-7

SAS interface

IBM LTO-5, LTO-6 and LTO-7

SAS interface

mLogic mTape LTO-6 and LTO-7

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

Quantum Ultrium LTO-5, LTO-6 and LTO-7

SAS or FC interface

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

YoYottaID software runs on Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.4, El Capitan 10.11.6, Yosemite 10.10.5, Mavericks 10.9.5

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