If the drive has a Fibre Channel connection there are ATTO FC81 / FC82 / FC84 PCIe FC PCIe cards.
Use an ATTO FC card in a Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt3 chassis.
There are also TLFC-2082/2162 Thunderbolt2 to FC interfaces, they have 2 FC connectors so they can only control 2 drives.
TLFC-3162 and TLFC-3322 Thunderbolt 3 FC adaptors have issues with direct connections to LTO drives so they are not compatible.
A possible workaround is to use a Fibre Channel switch between the adaptor and the LTO drive. This is another reason to use SAS LTO drives wherever possible or use an older Celerity 8Gb card in a Thunderbolt chassis.
Download and install the latest Mac driver and card firmware from the Fibre Channel HBA downloads.
Note that the ATTO multipath driver does not support tape drives.
To check that the Mac can see the ATTO and LTO hardware hold the alt key on the Mac keyboard, click the Apple Menu and select System Information...
If using an ATTO card inside a MacPro, then select PCI from the left hand Hardware list. The ATTO SAS card should be shown.
If using an ATTO card in an expansion chassis, or you have a Thunderbolt LTO drive, then click Thunderbolt. Here the Sonnet Echo Express Pro is connected to the Mac. If there is no Thunderbolt device, then try reconnecting or using a different Thunderbolt cable. Also power cycle the Mac, interface and drive.
Now select Fibre Channel from the Hardware list. Here the driver has not been installed so no devices are shown. On newer macOS versions the driver may also be blocked, see the next section.
If missing then download and install the Mac driver for the Fibre Channel interface from the
ATTO website. Then reboot the Mac.
Note that Thunderbolt drives have a SAS adaptor inside, so they also need a driver from ATTO or Areca.
The first time after you install ATTO drivers on a new system, you will need to approve the new System Software. Also new installs of system software from YoYotta, ATTO, OSXFUSE (developer is Benjamin Fleischer) and other drivers may need approval.
You will see a message like this saying System Extension Blocked
Open the Security & Privacy page in Apple System Preferences, unlock the padlock and click Allow to enable the System software to load.
You must click the Allow button locally on the Mac, clicking using remote screen sharing will not work.
If the Allow button is not shown then reboot your Mac, try again to use an LTFS tape (which will fail) and then check the Security & Privacy page again.
Also ensure that you have the latest macOS 10.13.6, 10.14.6, 10.15.7, 11.6.5 or latest Monterey
When running YoYotta with newer macOS versions you may see requests to allow access to folders like Documents, Removable Volumes or Network Volumes. Please allow these requests.
Also you can enable access in Files and Folders in the Security tab as shown in the screenshot.
YoYotta does not need Full Disk Access.
Now the driver is installed and the ATTO ExpressSAS device is shown. No tape drives are connected.
Make sure an LTO drive is connected and powered on, now a SCSI Target
Device @ 0 is shown. Here an IBM LTO-5 drive is connected.
YoYotta LTFS will now be able to control this drive.
The System Information page does not refresh automatically. Click File, Refresh Information or Command + R to refresh the hardware listing.
Here an HPE MSL4048 with three LTO drives is connected. SCSI Target Device
@ 1 has two logical units. The first is an LTO-5 drive, the second is the
library robot. If two logical units are not shown then the configuration
of the tape library needs to be set to allow external control. Check the settings for the control path, which are normally in the partition settings, using the library web browser interface.
SCSI Target Devices 2 and 3 are LTO-5 and LTO-4 drives.
This is a SAS library, check the Fibre Channel entry for a FC library.
YoYotta with the Library option will now be able to control this library.
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