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LTO-5 Basics

LTO 5 Chart SmallLTO-5 became officially available this year, with products coming fast from the large suppliers IBM, HP and Quantum (the originators of the open format standard), Sony, Oracle/Sun and Spectra Logic. Drives are easily available from Dell, reselling from other manufacturers such as Quantum’s LTO-5 Half-Height Drive and Qualstar’s smaller library systems.

LTO-5 can read and write in the previous LTO-4 format, and read the LTO-3 format, while maintaining speeds and capacities that nearly double the LTO-4. As a side note, there is an industry association named Ultrium, whose website has more data than one would want to sift through…surprisingly, nothing negative at all–though it is hard to find much negative about the technology as it has evolved.

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