LTO-8 And The Latest LTO Roadmap

by John Zdechlik

Just a quick post with this graphic. I’m always looking for it and thought it would be easiest just to put it on our website!

The big news here is that LTO-8 drives can not read  LTO-6 tapes.  They can read and write LTO-7 tapes.  In the past, LTO drives could always write one generation back and read 2 generations back.  We believe this is because LTO-8 drives utilize tunnelling magnetoresistive (TMR) drive heads, instead of the giant magnetoresistive (GMR) drive heads used in previous LTO tape drive generations.

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Tape isn’t dead yet!  🙂

– John Z

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