I was an exhibitor at NAB 2016 for my MagStor LTO tape products I sell, and I had a lot of people telling me they had several Cache tapes and no device to read them. I work with a tape forensics company sometimes and they have a method to do this, but charge quite a lot.
Does anyone know a good way to get Cache tapes read without an actual Cache? I'd like to be able to tell people an easier solution so they can move to LTFS.
Cache-A never wrote tapes in any proprietary format. Early Cache-A tapes were all written in TAR. With the advent of LTFS, users were given the option to format tapes either as TAR or LTFS on a tape-by-tape basis.
TOLIS Group's "ArGest IngestPRO" tool is designed to provide easy to use recovery of TAR, LTFS, and BRU formatted tapes as well as disk to disk copy. We have a specific setting for Cache-A tar tapes as well as the recognition of improperly formatted LTFS tapes that would normally fail to mount on OS X systems. IngestPRO works with any vendor's tape drive or library.