How Much More Powerful is the LTO-5 than the LTO-4?

Have you heard recently that tape manufacturers are making amazing advancements and want to know exactly what this means for the tape industry as a whole? In an effort to reveal how amazing the advancements have been, the following will spell out the main differences between the LTO-5 (the latest version) and LTO-4 tape.

LTO-5 can accommodate 3TB of compressed data, versus LTO-4’s 1.6TB. This means that tape has doubled in density from one generation to the next. According to the LTO consortium (made up of IBM, Quantum and HP), LTO tape will continue to push density levels to new heights with the already planned LTO-6 and LTO-7 versions.

Where speed is concerned, the LTO-5 runs at 140 MB/second, which is 15 percent faster than that of the LTO-4. While the speed enhancement isn’t off-the-charts, it is enough to make a noticeable difference.

Another advantage of LTO-5 is that it is completely compatible with LTO-4 and LTO-3. This is great news for those impressed with the LTO-5 tape drive, which includes a Linear Tape File System (LTFS) enabling users to use it like a USB flash drive. This streamline’s operations and makes file management much easier.

Both LTO-5 and LTO-4 include dual media partitioning capabilities. This translates to easier management of data, as administrators can simply drag and drop files from one location to another.

As revealed above, the major difference between the LTO-5 and LTO-4 lays in density and speed. The trend toward density growth and speed will continue in the years to come, and there are bound to be other major advancements with regard to ease-of-use and increased functionality. The LTO consortium is yet to reveal all of its top secret plans.

LTO-5, LTO-4 and Recycling


In the case that your organization wants to make the jump from LTO-4 (or an earlier version) to LTO-5, there is good news. As you are probably aware, tape is fully recyclable and can be made available for reuse. All your organization would need to do is send your tape into a leading recycler, such as Recycle Your Media and have them assessed. All usable tapes are bought and fully sanitized. You then have the power to upgrade your system and purchase new or used LTO-5 tapes.

As you consider the well-being of your data storage and backup setup, the sky is the limit in today’s world. Without a doubt, tape is alive and will continue to live on for years to come.

Stay tuned for more information and news!

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Feb 24, 2012 by