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  • Archiware P5 Archive Supports LTFS 1/26/2021!

     rich Wein updated 1 month ago 5 Members · 7 Posts
  • Tim Gerhard

    January 25, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Archiware is launching LTFS support for P5 Archive tomorrow for MAC, Windows and Linux.

    I’m told they have their own LTFS code written, so you won’t have to chase after all the different OEM versions of LTFS. YoYotta (MAC) and XenData (WIN) are the only other desktop / library drive LTFS software companies that write their own LTFS code to prevent these headaches.

  • Bob Zelin

    January 26, 2021 at 12:55 am

    This is great news Tim ! In 2021, LTFS is the only way to go. I just saw this article from StorageDNA –

    “Why LTO and LTFS is the best option for long-term data storage” –

    and between what MagStor is doing, and of course MLogic (MTape), YoYotta, Imagine Products, Hedge (Canister), and now Archiware – and of course, what I posted what OWC is doing, I am sure that Tim Jones will abandon any proprietary format of BRU, and follow the direction of the entire LTO industry, and move towards development of LTFS products. I mean – lets face it – who in their right minds is going to go against HP, IBM and Quantum, especially with every small manufacturer that services our industry, to NOT use LTFS.

    EVERYONE is doing LTFS. Just look here at GB Labs with Easy LTO –

    “Uniquely the system also allows users to mount LTFS tapes on their desktops through the network. “

    I tried to contact OWC today to discuss all of this, but I had trouble getting through. I will continue to try this week, and report back of what they tell me.

    Thank you for posting this

    Bob Zelin

  • David Fox

    January 26, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Indeed! Released today. Archiware implemented their own LTFS driver. Runs on Linux, Win, Mac and FreeBSD (for the FreeNAS folk).

    Details here:

  • Bob Zelin

    January 27, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Hi David and Tim –

    I just called OWC at (800) 275 4576. I spoke with Celeste in Customer Support. She said they have not heard of Tolis Group, nor are they offering support of Tolis Group products. How could this be ? So I went to and there is no mention of Tolis Group or BRU. Now, I if I do a Google search on this, I can find quotes from Larry O’Connor at OWC talking about this. But I don’t understand how the employees of OWC are unaware of this. I will call back OWC again soon – perhaps this person at OWC was simply uninformed. I probably am not searching properly, or just contacting the wrong people ! It must be me.


  • David Fox

    February 25, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    For those interested in Archiware P5’s new LTFS support, we presented a webinar yesterday where I ran through how it works via a demo…



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  • Mike Visconti

    April 5, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    One note on this is that apparently the v6 updates changed/broke some of the methods other software uses to control P5 (eg for CatDV integration). Right now both sides are sort of pointing at the other there, and it doesn’t appear to be a focal point for anyone. So if you need that integration, be careful when looking at upgrades (for example, the Archiware site says CatDV integration works, but doesn’t say it’s limited to v5.6). Which means you are still locked into the P5 format.

  • rich Wein

    December 19, 2021 at 12:11 am

    BRU ( tolis group and OWC ) was mentioned in this old thread.

    Dmitry at this site below recovered BRU tapes for me at a very reasonable cost. And he has some software on sourceforge. The BRU format was also used some by Silicon Graphics I guess. I had DDS3 tapes and older QIC tapes, some of which have deteriorated too far.

    If you still have a tape drive you can use the linux dd command to get the raw tape data, or just send the physical tape to him.

    OWC didn’t respond to me either. The BRU format has been sufficiently reverse engineered.




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