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David ChaiRe: Inexpensive archiving for tapeless media
by on Apr 29, 2011 at 4:25:44 am

I saw something very interesting at the Quantum booth at NAB, they have a free downloadable utility called LTFS, what this does is take advantage of the partitioning capability of LTO5 to create essentially a volume that is mounted in the finder like a regular hard disk. You can then drag and drop files to the volume and it will just write them to tape like a regular hard drive, and it will update the partition table to reflect what is now on the tape, so if you put the tape back in and mount it, it will show you what is on the tape. You can also move files around and it will update the folder, but not folders. Also if you delete stuff from the partition, you lose the pointer, so that space cannot be claimed back until you reformat the tape, then you have full capacity again. Pretty neat, especially as it's a free utility, and very easy to use.

David :D

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