LTFS for Archive

Archiving (LTFS)

Eliminating the Complexity of Tape.

LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is a free and easy-to-use software utility that allows LTO tape drives to connect and operate just like a large hard disk. Users can drag and drop files at high speed directly from tape onto the desktop or vice-versa. LTFS is ideal for large data file transportation or archiving tasks, but LTFS should not be used to store large volumes of small data files.

The LTFS specification is controlled by the LTO consortium ensuring compatibility across all LTO tape products. LTFS also supports multiple operating systems: Windows, MacOS, Linux and Solaris.

Key Benefits:

  • LTFS is free and easy to use (drag and drop files).
  • LTFS offers write/read performance, up to 750MB/sec.
  • LTFS offers large storage capacities up to 15TB on a single data cartridge.
  • LTFS supports multiple operating systems (Windows, Mac & Linux).
  • LTFS is fully compatible across all LTO-5/6/7/8 tape drives.

Applications for LTFS

  • Media and entertainment: data transportation and archive.
  • Medical & health: X-rays/CT backup and archive.
  • Surveillance: CCTV backup and archive.
  • Military: video backup and archive.
  • Information archival for e-discovery purposes.

Helping Reduce:

  • Loss of Business
  • Low Productivity
  • Legal Action
  • Cost of Re-creating Data

LTFS Downloads

Download OS Specific Software for LTFS Archiving Downloads For LTO-7/8Downloads For LTO-5/6

When to use LTFS

  • LTFS should only be used for storing large files (> 5MB).
  • LTFS is ideal for transporting large data files (video, database etc.).

Limitations of LTFS

  • LTFS should not be used for storing small files (<5MB).
  • LTFS should only be used for storing files that are unlikely to change.
  • LTFS is not backup software. You cannot schedule tasks.
  • LTFS standalone software only supports one tape drive per system.

How to Implement and Use LTFS with Overland-Tandberg LTO-5/6/7/8 Tape Drives

Implementation is easy. Simply download the LTFS software and install. You may need to upgrade the firmware for your tape drive or SAS/FC controller. Simply load a tape into the drive, mount it into the file system, and it becomes visible as a disk. For more information, please download the LTFS user guide.

LTFS Summary

A standard LTO tape cartridge contains one partition but when formatted for use with LTFS it contains two partitions; the primary partition is used to store the file system index and the second partition is used to store the user data. When an LTFS cartridge is loaded, the primary partition is read and the user can browse the contents of the tape.

LTFS Downloads for LTO-7 and LTO-8

Downloads by OS

New Mac OS Software

Description Name Link
Linear Tape File System Software – MacOS X LTFS_SDE_LTO_MAC_v2.4.1.2 Download

Windows LTFS Software

Description Name Link
Linear Tape File System Software – WINx64 LTFS_SDE_LTO_WIN_v2.4.1.2.zip Download
Linear Tape File System Software – WINx86 LTFS_SDE_LTO7_WINx86_v2.2.2.zip Download

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Description Name Link
Linear Tape File System Software RHEL 6 LTFS_SDE_LTO7_RHEL6_v2.2.2.zip Download
Linear Tape File System Software RHEL 7 LTFS_SDE_LTO_RHEL7_v2.4.1.2.zip Download

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Description Name Size Link
Linear Tape File System Software – SUSE 11 LTFS_SDE_LTO7_SUSE11_v2.2.2.zip 1.428 KB Download

Documentation

Description Name Link
LTFS Implementation Guide for Single Drives IB-Implementation_of_LTFS_for_TD_LTO7_Single_Drives_EN Download
LTFS Support Matrix IBM_Spectrum_Archive_SDE_V2.4_Support_Matrix_20190719 Download
LTFS Compatibility Matrix LTFS Compatibility Matrix-Jul-2017 Download

LTFS Downloads for LTO-5/6

LTFS Downloads by OS

Mac OS Software

Description Name Link
Linear Tape File System Software – MacOS X LTFS_3.4.2_Mac_OEM.dmg Download
Linear Tape File System Software – (Source) LTFS_3.4.2_SOURCE.tar.gz Download

Windows LTFS Software

Description Name Link
Linear Tape File System Software – WINx64 LTFS_3.4.2_BINARIES_WINx64.zip Download
Linear Tape File System Software – WINx86 LTFS_3.4.2_BINARIES_WINx86.zip Download

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Description Name Link
Linear Tape File System Software – x64 LTFS_3.4.2_BINARIES_RHEL_x64_PKG.tar.gz Download
Linear Tape File System Software – x86 LTFS_3.4.2_BINARIES_RHEL_x86_PKG.tar.gz Download
Linear Tape File System Software – (Source) LTFS_3.4.2_SOURCE.tar.gz Download

LTFS Version 2.2.1 – Downloads for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Description Name Link
Linear Tape File System Software – x64 LTFS_BINARIES_SLES11_x64_PKG.tar.gz Download
Linear Tape File System Software – x86 LTFS_BINARIES_SLES11_x86_PKG.tar.gz Download
Linear Tape File System Software – (Source) LTFS_2.2.1_SOURCE.tar.gz Download

Documentation

Description Name Link
LTFS Implementation Guide for Single Drives IB-Implementation_of_LTFS_for_TD_LTO5_LTO6_Single_Drives_EN Download
LTFS User Guide for Mac and Linux Systems LTFS User Guide – Mac & Linux Download
LTFS User Guide for Windows Systems LTFS User Guide – Windows Download
LTFS Compatibility Matrix LTFS Compatibility Matrix-Jul-2017 Download