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  • Update on M1 Apple Mac compatibility with LTFS + LTO hardware

    Posted by Martin Greenwood on February 26, 2021 at 9:23 am

    The new Macs with M1 chips offer great performance, however a lot of hardware devices including LTO drives need new drivers. So far this has restricted their use as archive machines.

    However ATTO have recently released new drivers for their SAS and FC interfaces. A while ago Magstor released drivers for their Thunderbolt 3 LTO drives. At YoYotta we have tested both with M1 Macs and see full performance working with LTO + LTFS. You will need to install software drivers, which will be found on the manufacturer’s websites. Note that Netstor and mLogic LTO hardware will need ATTO SAS H680 drivers.

    Using an M1 Mac mini with our YoYotta Automation software we were able to write and verify to four LTO drives at full speed, whilst the Mac remained cool. A big improvement over the 2018 Mac mini, which whilst powerful did get hot !

    There are some limitations to these new M1 Macs and we are always updating our ‘Which Mac ?’ web page with the latest information.

    Hopefully this will be useful if you are looking at an M1 Mac for use with any workflow software.


    Martin Greenwood



    Martin Greenwood replied 2 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
  • 2 Replies
  • Jeremy Neish

    April 21, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Any word on mLogic mTape?

  • Martin Greenwood

    April 21, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Virtually all mTape drives contain an ATTO SAS card and there is a universal M1 + Intel driver available from ATTO.

    For more details see our mTape support page…

    Martin Greenwood



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