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Dave Festa
Migrating away from LTO-4 Cache Tar tapes
on Apr 7, 2016 at 7:59:46 pm

Hello,
We have been experiencing some problems with writing to our old LTO 4 Cache Tar system and we are looking to purchase a new system which will be able to read these old tapes with the TAR format. Is there a system or computer that could write with LTo 6 or 7 and be able read the old LTO 4 tapes?


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Tim Jones
Re: Migrating away from LTO-4 Cache Tar tapes
on Apr 7, 2016 at 8:51:43 pm

Hi Dave,

What's your platform - Mac or PC?

Tim
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Dave Festa
Re: Migrating away from LTO-4 Cache Tar tapes
on Apr 7, 2016 at 8:58:18 pm

Tim,
We have our files originating from our Omneon server mov files and are transferring them to a PC Tiger SAN. Then from there they go to the Cache A LTO 4.

Dave


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Tim Jones
Re: Migrating away from LTO-4 Cache Tar tapes
on Apr 8, 2016 at 5:20:12 pm
Last Edited By Tim Jones on Apr 8, 2016 at 5:36:21 pm

In that case, I'd recommend that you take a look at the Windows version of PreRoll Post from Imagine Products (Dan?) for your archival moving forward - http://www.imagineproducts.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&pro.... It will give you a good Windows LTFS experience. Also, look into an LTO-6 drive as the drive tech replacement since it will give you good capacity and performance while still allowing you to read the LTO-4 TAR tapes created by your Cache-A system. LTO-7 won't read LTO-4 tapes.

For the Cache-A tapes, you'll need to find a tar solution for Windows or load up a Linux box since you're not in a Mac-centric shop. On the Mac, we have a solution for TAR tapes (and the Cache-A format specifically), but we don't offer that on Windows.

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.tolisgroup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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Martin Greenwood
Re: Migrating away from LTO-4 Cache Tar tapes
on Apr 8, 2016 at 9:30:16 am

Try out a demo of YoYottaID LTFS. It's Mac software that will read your existing Cache-A tapes and write to all the makes of LTO-5/6/7 drives using LTFS. Note that an LTO-7 drive will read back LTO-5 tapes, so you may need an LTO-6 drive to read the LTO-4 tapes, unless you can repurpose the drive out of the Cache-A.

Martin Greenwood

CTO

YoYotta


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