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Ju Dor
Re: which LTO6 drive to buy?
on Feb 18, 2018 at 9:31:46 am

Bear in mind if you get LTO6, that you will probably want to migrate at a later date to something better (and faster...)

So if you're writing a very small number of tapes that's ok, but if you have a larger quantity of data, you will be migrating from a 160 mb/s media to something much faster, thus creating a bottleneck and wasting a lot of time in the process. Not worth skimping on a few hundred quid to get an LTO 7 drive in my opinion.
I am still waiting to invest into LTO7 and have been holding off LTO6.

If you can't afford to buy into a technology, hold off until it becomes affordable or until you can afford it.
Furthermore, LTO8 onwards are NOT compatible with LTO6 by the way, which makes LTO7 all the more attractive right now, as it's the perfect bridge between past-present and future storage.
My 2c

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