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Tim Jones
Re: which LTO6 drive to buy?
on Jan 25, 2018 at 3:36:57 pm

The LTO-6 drives are all on equal footing so far as the technology is concerned, so the brand of the drive is less important that the company that you buy FROM. As for where it works, the drive will work anywhere there is a proper connection, so OS platform is not a question.

The real question is one of software to drive the unit. Unlike a disk drive, you can't simply plug a tape drive (any type of tape drive) into a computer and have it work. You need some sort of software to utilize it. Whether that's the kernel drivers and tar or cpio on Solaris or Linux, LTFS on Windows, BRU or PreRoll Post on Mac OS, you need some type of tape-specific software to actually use the tape drive.

So, when you decide who to buy the unit FROM, check what you get in the package from that seller. The drive by itself is of no use without the entire package - drive, cables, HBAs, media, and software.

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

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