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LTO 5 – Efficient, Easy To Use Storage System

If you run an organization or a business, you may find that your data is growing at a faster rate than you expected. This means you need data storage solutions that are efficient and cost effective. Your data storage solutions also need to be secured, easy to use and easy to transport. LTO 5 products will give you a storage solution that will give you all the answers you have been looking for.

LTO Technology

The Linear Tape Open is a storage technology that is tape based and with an open format. The open format means there are many products for storage media that are developed by different sources. The best part is that the different storage media from the various sources are compatible with each other. You will, therefore, be spoilt for choice as there are many products from which you can choose. LTO technology was developed by International Business Machines (IBM) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Quantum. These three organizations spearhead the continuous development of the LTO technology.

Components Of LTO

There were several factors which were looked into in order to enhance LTO technology. One of the factors was the type of materials used to manufacture the tape and the methods used to compress and encode data digitally. The speed at which the tape passed through the drive and how long the tape in the cartridge was also considered. The developers also considered the data bits on the tape by focusing on their density.

Why LTO?

LTO technology gives the highest performance when it comes to mid-range tape technology. The open format of this technology has increased competition, which means you have a wide variety of choices and new products are developed quite fast. You can rest assure that you are getting the best of technology by using LTO since it has been verified through the many years of use by customers worldwide.

The cost per gigabyte is the lowest of all tape technologies, and it is energy efficient since no energy is used in storage. This technology has been in the market for a while and has been used by so many customers, so using it will mean minimum risk for your data.


LTO 5 refers to the fifth generation of LTO products which was introduced into the market in the year 2010. The storage capacity of uncompressed data is 1.5 terabytes (TB) at maximum while the storage capacity for the compressed data is 3 TB. The rate of transfer when writing uncompressed data is 140 MBps while the rate of transfer when writing compressed data is a maximum of 280 MBps.

Fifth generation LTO is introduced partitioning which was done to give better space management and file control through the linear tape file system (LTFS). One of the partitions is used to hold the file while the other partition indexes so that the drive is directed on where a file is located on the tape. LTO 5 can read and write LTO 4 cartridges as well as read LTO 3 cartridges.