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    LTO Software for windows


    by mscholfield608 ·

    I’ve been researching LTO drives to do some very large backups but all the decent software out there seems to be for Mac. Is there something specific for Windows or is it just handled so well natively that it doesn’t need it?

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      Re: LTO software for Windows

      by kees_b ·

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      Google finds many. Can you explain why none of them are “decent”?

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      Dead technology?

      by rproffitt ·

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      “As of 2019, only Fujifilm and Sony continue to manufacture current LTO media.”
      “Public information on tape drive sales is not readily available. Unit shipment peaked at about 800,000 units in 2008, but have declined since then to about 400,000 units in 2010,[98] and to less than 250,000 by the end of 2018[99]

      As HDD prices have dropped, disk has become cheaper relative to tape drives and cartridges. As of 2019, at any capacity, the cost of a new LTO tape drive plus one cartridge is much greater than that of a new HDD of the same or greater storage capacity. However, most new tape cartridges still have a lower price per gigabyte than HDDs, so that at very large subsystem capacities, the total price of tape-based subsystems can be lower than HDD based subsystems, particularly when the higher operating costs of HDDs are included in any calculation.”

      Frankly, today you can go buy 18TB or larger HDDs and get the backups done in reasonable times. It has to be said that tape is slower than HDDs.

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