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Tim Jones
Re: Long term storage, what's your solution?
on Jan 5, 2015 at 8:20:19 pm

Hi Dustin,

I can readily share with you that you will not be able to find a sub-$1,000 LTO-5 or LTO-6 drive unless it's well used and probably ready to expire. Unfortunately, the manufacturing costs of these devices well exceeds $1,000 in most cases.

Having said that, I still recommend LTO storage for clients looking to do more than move files around. Most software used with an LTO solution will alleviate any user issues - for example, our BRU PE solution is as easy as dragging and dropping. And, for Premiere Pro 6 - CC, you can even archive by project.

On the other hand, Seagate has released some new, very high capacity disk drives designed for archival. These drives are much slower than normal drives (5900RPM), but are designed for storage of data where capacity is more important than speed. For example, Amazon has the 5TB external drive for $159 ( While you definitely wouldn't want to edit using this drive, it would definitely give you the space that you need to offload your existing data to clear space on your higher performance storage.

Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!

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