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  • Migrating away from LTO-4 Cache Tar tapes

  • Dave Festa

    April 7, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Hello,
    We have been experiencing some problems with writing to our old LTO 4 Cache Tar system and we are looking to purchase a new system which will be able to read these old tapes with the TAR format. Is there a system or computer that could write with LTo 6 or 7 and be able read the old LTO 4 tapes?

  • Tim Jones

    April 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Dave,

    What’s your platform – Mac or PC?

    Tim

    Tim Jones
    CTO – TOLIS Group, Inc.
    https://www.tolisgroup.com
    BRU … because it’s the RESTORE that matters!

  • Dave Festa

    April 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Tim,
    We have our files originating from our Omneon server mov files and are transferring them to a PC Tiger SAN. Then from there they go to the Cache A LTO 4.

    Dave

  • Martin Greenwood

    April 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Try out a demo of YoYottaID LTFS. It’s Mac software that will read your existing Cache-A tapes and write to all the makes of LTO-5/6/7 drives using LTFS. Note that an LTO-7 drive will read back LTO-5 tapes, so you may need an LTO-6 drive to read the LTO-4 tapes, unless you can repurpose the drive out of the Cache-A.

    Martin Greenwood

    CTO

    YoYotta

  • Tim Jones

    April 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    In that case, I’d recommend that you take a look at the Windows version of PreRoll Post from Imagine Products (Dan?) for your archival moving forward – https://www.imagineproducts.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=54. It will give you a good Windows LTFS experience. Also, look into an LTO-6 drive as the drive tech replacement since it will give you good capacity and performance while still allowing you to read the LTO-4 TAR tapes created by your Cache-A system. LTO-7 won’t read LTO-4 tapes.

    For the Cache-A tapes, you’ll need to find a tar solution for Windows or load up a Linux box since you’re not in a Mac-centric shop. On the Mac, we have a solution for TAR tapes (and the Cache-A format specifically), but we don’t offer that on Windows.

    Tim

    Tim Jones
    CTO – TOLIS Group, Inc.
    https://www.tolisgroup.com
    BRU … because it’s the RESTORE that matters!

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