MagStor LTO-8 12 TB in a cartridge

Product Review from, translated.

When storage is a serious matter, when quantity and reliability are required, over-the-top solutions are needed, such as the one proposed by MagStor.

Data transfer rates up to 300 MB/second, media containing up to 12 TB of uncompressed files (30 TB with 2.5: 1 compression), for a shelf life of over 30 years.

All of this is offered by the unit proposed by MagStor with the hardware-software bundle myLTO + MagStor LTO-8, for sale at $5999. A 'modern' storage system, yet based partly on ancient technology (that of LTO tape cassettes, here in the latest generation version, Ultrium LTO 8), partly on an ultra-up-to-date interface, namely Thunderbolt 3 (with two front connections). The latter, in fact, offers frightening speeds, up to 40 Gbps, or twice the previous version 2, and the quadruple of the Thunderbolt 1. For a comparison, remember the values for the USB world: 2.0, 480Mbps; 3.0, 5 Gbps; 3.1, 10 Gpbs.

Recall that the devices equipped with Thunderbolt 3 are completely backward compatible with previous generations of this technology (if necessary, you can use the Apple MMEL2AM/A adaptor for conversions) easily accessible by MagStor.

In addition, it is possible to loop through to connect other Thunderbolt 3 devices, such as RAID drives, without losing bandwidth.

Quiet operation, vibration-free, and the practical form factor make MagStor ideal for storage on trolleys, on the set, or in the post-production room; among other things, the unit does not need an external power supply (the circuits are integrated in the container).

The pressence in the dock of a standard 3.5 "hot-swapped HDD SATA allows you to read or write easily on HDD with the myLTO application (included) of Imagine Products, an option that can be used for example to make an additional copy files on a hard disk at the same time as tape storage.

In any case, to archive 'soon and well', just use myLTO; no additional converter, power supply or driver to install or configure.

MagStor and myLTO take advantage of the Linear Tape File System (LTFS): this mounts the tape as a hard disk in the operating system, and optimizes the tape writing and recovery functions.

The LTO-8 tape drive is compatible with Mac and Windows 'Thunderbolt-1/2/3 Enabled'. Computer system requirements (for myLTO): Macintosh OS X 10.13, 10.12, 10.11 or 10.10.

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