Thursday, February 28, 2013

Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive : Archiving and Back-Up

Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive : Archiving and Back-Up:
I've been using LTO since 2009, when I started shooting on P2 cards and wanted a bullet-proof way to save client footage. At the time, the LTO format was in its 4th iteration (LTO-4), which was categorized by tapes that could store about 800GB of raw data, and read/write up to 120MB/s. Since '09, there's been an LTO-5 iteration (1.6 TB capacity with 140MB/s data rate), and now, just in the last couple of months, HP has released the industry's first desktop LTO-6 drive, the StoreEver Ultrium 6250. The 6250 can store 2.5 TB of raw data per tape, hit data rates of 160MB/s, with tape longevity up to 30 years.

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