With LTO-7 on the horizon, LTO-6 remains for a foreseeable future the way to go if you want high capacity, long-term, archiving storage, otherwise known as cold-storage. Tandberg Data's LTO-6 drive is currently the most affordable drive in this class of device.
This half-height peripheral delivers enterprise-level capacity and performance for under £1,500 at Techcart-Limited from eBay. It comes with 1,446 bonus Nectar points as well. LTO-6 is compatible with previous generation drives and offers capacities of up to 2.5TB uncompressed (6.25TB compressed) with transfer rates of up to 1.4TB per hour (compressed).
It comes with a three-year warranty, offers SAS or FC interface, LTFS, WORM and AES 256-bit encryption option and the tape has a 30-year archiva life.
Tandberg ships the drive with Symantec's Backup Exec QuickStart software with embedded media management for intelligent diagnostics and tape alerts. Quantum's LTO-6 tapes (£65 via eBay) are the best value for money media on the market, with a cost of £26 per TB which is still cheaper than HDD.
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