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Neil Sadwelkar
'Offline' tape backup, or 'image' and backup
on Jun 27, 2018 at 3:55:51 am

Just like for DVDs or Blu-rays, one could take some data and make an image out of it, and then other software could write this image to disk. Is there something similar for LTO tapes?

So, if the LTO drive is not accessible, one could rapidly offload data to a drive as a 'tape image'. Then once that drive with the 'tape image' was connected to a system with an LTO drive attached, this image could get written to tape.

Is this feasible on any software? Or is this even possible within something like Bru?

The use case would be to use now available portable drives of 5 TB to create images with. Then ship these drives, and at the destination, write the image to LTO tape. Reason for shipping an image is that its more secure than just files. So if the drive were to be misplaced, the finder wouldn't be able to get at the data very easily.

Neil Sadwelkar
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FCP Editor, Edit systems consultant
Mumbai India

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