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  • LTO7 Mac Compatible Archival/Backup Software Recommendations

    Posted by Joe Wood on May 13, 2024 at 3:54 pm

    Our LTO5 Cache-A system just recently started acting very unreliable. As result, our company ordered a similar style one called “OWC Archive Pro LTO-7 Thunderbolt Tape Storage/Archiving Solution”

    But after my company purchased I asked if it came with a archival software, like how our LTO 5 had the Cache-A platform, but apparently OWC just recently discontinued its ArGest softwear “BRU” which from what i see on these forums seems to have been a previous standard.

    When reached out to OWC about this they responded with:

    Archive Pro requires separate LTO software to unlock access and write to its tape. Designed to work with Mac, Windows, and various flavors of Linux including Red Hat, Mint, Ubuntu, SuSE, CentOS, Fedora, etc., the Archive Pro will immediately fit into your workflow and expand your archive options. It is ready to work with industry-leading archiving and management software including Pomfort Silverstack XT, Hedge Canister, YoYotta LTFS, XenData6 Workstation, Archiware P5, and more.

    I researched these mentioned options, and some the pricing structure is way out of the scope for our small production company.
    I really like the pricing and simplistic look on Hedge Canister, but also dont know what to look for currently. Any recommendations?

    Mark Grance replied 4 days, 5 hours ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
  • 3 Replies
  • Mark Grance

    July 4, 2024 at 2:22 am

    We went from Cache-A to YoYotta and LTO-7 several years ago. It was a great move.

  • Joe Wood

    July 8, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    I will check that out. My new system came with Hedge which I have been using for the time being and it is working well.
    However, I only just discovered that Cache-a formated lto5 tapes can not be read with it, how have you handled that?

  • Mark Grance

    July 8, 2024 at 11:17 pm

    We actually have our old Cache-A system so we use that.

    But YoYatta can read TAR tapes (on Intel Macs) and we were able to do that.

    But we discovered that putting LTO-5 tapes in our LTO-7 library had a tendency to wear out or clog the heads, so when we did use that method, we needed to have our library serviced.

    So now we just run the Cache-A system when we need it. Which is pretty rare.

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