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  • Mac LTO backup advice needed

    Posted by Scott Brown on November 11, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Hi folks,

    I’m looking for a little advice please.

    I have a HP LTO-7 Ultrium 15000 external tape drive hooked up via a Sonnet Echo Express SEL box containing a ATTO H680 card to a 2013 Mac Pro running Big Sur 11.6.1

    The Sonnet SEL has a TB3 output so I’m using an Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter to then connect into the Mac Pro.

    I have two questions – first according to HPE’s website, my LTO-7 drive is only supported from OS 10.7 to 10.14, so can I run my current set-up safely on Big Sur or should I revert to Mojave?

    My second question is on software recommendations – I was originally using Bru PE from Tolis but this is no longer an option, so I have tested both Yoyotta LTFS and Canister from Hedge.

    I LOVE the simplicity of Canister and hate the user interface of Yoyotta BUT I worry that perhaps Canister is less robust and that support from Yoyotta would be better.

    Perhaps there are other software options too that I should test?

    Can anyone help me with my questions?

    Many thanks.


    Scott Brown replied 2 years, 6 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • David Fox

    November 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Hi Scott,

    Archiware P5 will run in this environment and perform backups. Interface is web-based and pretty straightforward once basic concepts are understood.

    This webinar recording runs through…

    Product is ‘P5 Desktop LTO Edition’, support both backup for DR purposes and also Archive as a structured workflow to get projects off live storage, long term. Different use case to backup.

    Hope that’s useful,


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  • Martin Greenwood

    November 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Big Sur or Monterey will work well with your HPE LTO drive and LTFS. Here at YoYotta we test those macOS versions with all makes of LTO drives.



  • Martin Jaeger

    November 12, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Regarding hardware, I’m glad to read the Sonnet SEL adapted to TB2 is working for you. We are contemplating the same setup. OS-wise I’m not sure.. we too have a stand-alone HP LTO drive.. We’d like to run Monterey.

    Regarding software, we were BruPE users too. We need to keep a working setup for restores. I’ve contacted OWC about BruPE / ArGest copatibility on newer MacOS but get mostly run-around instead of simple answers.. And, at nearly $600.00 for ArGest, we may just keep an old legacy system intact for restores.

    Going forward, we have settled on Yoyotta. Was baffled by the UI at first too. Once it’s methodology clicked in, we have really enjoyed using it. What little support we needed has been very agile and thorough. Website has really useful tutorials as well and the software seems to keep pace with OS and hardware updates. As you can see, they frequent these forums with useful feedback instead of sales pitch.

    For what it’s worth,


  • Scott Brown

    November 14, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks everyone for the replies help and advice.

    I’m still testing various LTO software options but I’m leaning towards Yoyotta at the moment and they were very quick and helpful in responding by e-mail and also above in this forum.

    It was sad to hear that Tolis and BruPE is no more as the software worked well for us and the guys were super helpful whenever I contacted them. They went to a lot of effort to help me when a HP LTO drive went faulty out of warranty and through their efforts HP supplied me with a new unit.

    In case it’s of any interest, we are using a 24TB Promise raid which connects to our Mac Pro via TB2 and this unit while now getting old, has worked flawlessly.

    I’ve just purchase 2 x 36TB G-Raid drives for the office and these are being used in raid 1 (mirrored) copying all our camera media onto two drives for redundancy. They use enterprise class 7200rpm drives and they are running at approx. 250 MB/s which is impressive for single drives.

    In the field I use Samsung SSD’s and Lacie drives for daily camera media backups.

    I’ll keep you posted on how we get on with Yoyotta


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