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Linear Tape File System for Windows demo at NAB

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy

Last week I did a podcast from NAB talking about Linear Tape File System (LTFS) with one of our long-time tape gurus Mark Fleischhauer.  The next morning after I talked to Mark, I got a demo in our booth of some new software that we'll have available soon that allows you to use LTFS on Windows systems. 


The tape is dead FUD won't go away until those that like to proclaim it's early demise are - well, I'll just say gone.  LTFS is a fantastic proof point of how tape will continue to exist long into the future. 


So check out the demo of our LTFS software on Windows.




I'd love to get a hold of a product like Cache-A's Prime Cache-5 appliance that I saw at NAB.  It has an internal hard drive and an LTO-5 drive.  Imagine having a lot of video that you've shot, and originally put on a hard drive.  You've edited your video and put on DVD (or uploaded to YouTube) but you don't want to get rid of the source files; you  also don't want to keep it on spinning disk either because you rarely touch it again.  The Cache-A appliance would let me move my source files to an LTO tape drive, similar to moving files to a USB drive.  StorageDNA was another partner in our booth that had a tiered approach with LTO tape using LTFS.


With the hours and hours of video and hundreds of GB (approaching TB's for me) of multi-media files, I'd love to have a solution where I could archive older footage onto tape but have easy access to it when I need it.  Anyway, I think you get the idea and see the value that the LTFS standard is creating for tape. 


You can learn more about LTFS at

Labels: LTFS| NAB| tape
Roger Luethy | ‎04-26-2012 08:10 AM

Hi Calvin,


This is really good stuff ! I fully agree on your statement on the Tape FUD. We know where it comes from. :-)




setiarh | ‎04-30-2012 11:13 AM

Hi Calvin,


We have been waiting for HP Windows LTFS since last year. IBM already have one. Please inform the release date, I hope HP will release Windows LTFS prety soon in may 2012.





| ‎05-02-2012 12:09 AM

@setiarh - I don't have a date but the release is very soon. Stay tuned.

Ted Buis | ‎05-08-2012 09:25 PM

Very nice demo of LTFS on Windows.  Now how do you get this message out to the world effectively?

| ‎05-08-2012 09:45 PM

Thanks Ted - hopefully this blog with the video is one way.  Once we have the LTFS/Windows software, we'll make noise again.  Any help in getting the word out is appreciated!

Ekin Alpagut | ‎05-16-2012 11:03 AM



Any news for the LTFS utility? We are waiting this since 2011. Is there a beta version that we can run and test? 



Laura Loredo | ‎05-17-2012 04:13 PM

We are planning to release in July. The code will be posted at Together with the LTFS Windows drive we will release HP StoreOpen Standalone SW for Windows. This will be a Windows GUI for LTFS. We plan to support Win7 64 and 32 bit, and 2008/2008R2 both 64 and 32 bit, and we also have plans to support Vista 32/64, but not XP.


thomasu | ‎06-21-2012 06:21 PM

We are very excited about this for our backup for video and film data at our post production company, hurry up HP - this is needed ASAP to drive LTO5 forward for those on Windows...

BunkerMedia | ‎02-10-2013 12:36 AM

We are on 2013 Now, what configuration  do you recomend to run this software on Windows ?

| ‎02-12-2013 05:32 AM

The software was updated in December and includes support for LTO-6 - and the URL to find it hasn't changed -

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