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LTFS: As Easy As Drag And Drop For LTO Tapes

LFTS-Logo from QuantumWhat is LTFS
Linear Tape File System (LTFS) allows you to use an LTO 5, LTO 6 or higher generation drive as if it were an external hard drive or USB drive.  This provides users with traditional advantages of tape (reliability, longevity, portability and low cost) with a familiar interface providing users faster and easier direct access to files on data tape.  LTFS is an open standard developed by IBM that is cross-platform compatible (Windows, Mac, Linux).  You can save your data or project to tape, send it to a co-worker, customer, editor and, as long as they have the hardware and LTFS software, they can read it.

Cost Effective
If you are regularly using external hard drives as long term storage, LTO using LTFS may be cost effective.  A high quality 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive costs about $120, or $120/TB, while an LTO 6 tape with a capacity of 2.5TB costs $44 or less than $18/TB.  Keep in mind, with LTO and LTFS you need to purchase an LTO 6 drive for about $2360* so the break even point is about 25 1TB external hard drives.  Prices are as of October 2014.

HP LTO 6  External Dive and HP LTO 6 Tape

HP LTO 6 External Dive
and HP LTO 6 Tape

To take advantage of LTFS you need three things:

  • An LTO 5, LTO 6 or future generation LTO tape drive
  • Free LTFS Software installed on your computer that allows your operating system to work with LTO tapes written in the LTFS format.  This software can be downloaded from the manufacturer of your LTO tape drive. Follow these links to download free LTFS software:    IBM,  HP,  Quantum,  Tandberg,  Storage Tek, Imation
  • An LTO 5 or LTO 6 Tape Cartridge

With this, you can now use the LTO Tape Drive and Tape just like an external hard drive or USB drive.

  • Files and directories show up on desktop as a directory tree listing
  • Use drag-and-drop to move files to and from LTFS tape
  • Supports faster data interchange between end users and systems

Think of the possibilities

The media and entertainment industry is utilizing LTFS tape to store, share and archive raw and master content.  Note: IBM and FOX Networks received an Engineering Emmy Award in 2011 for using LTFS to improve the ability of media companies to capture, manage and exploit content in digital form.

Some other uses for LTFS and LTO Tapes

  • Healthcare for storing high resolution images such as medical X-Rays or scans
  • Security Surveillance and Video Storage
  • Oil & Gas Exploration
  • Architectural drawings
  • Military: video backup and archive
  • Information archival for e-discovery purposes
LTFS Partition

LTFS Tape Partition
Source: Spectra Logic

Tape Partitioning
When you format an LTO tape for LTFS, the tape is split into two partitions:

  • One partition, the Index Partition (IP), is used to store information about the file structure, file names, file format, and other data elements that are indexed
  • The second partition, the Data Partition (DP), contains the actual files that are stored on the tape

When a tape is loaded into a tape drive, the complete file folder image is displayed. The file structure is pulled from the Index Partition, and the raw file content is accessed from the Data Partition.

Reliability
Unlike a hard drive that has heads and electronics, an LTO tape is a simple spool of tape with no moving parts. The read/write technology is in the tape drive and not in the cartridge. This means that an LTO tape has a better chance of surviving a disaster than a hard drive.  Additionally, LTO tape has an archival life of 30 years under proper conditions. Therefore, information stored on an LTO tape has a far greater chance of survival than information on a hard drive.

* HP StoreEver LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 SAS External Tape Drive


Save on Imation 750 GB RDX Backup System

Need a new backup system for your computer or server?  RDX may be the solution. RDX is a fast, simple, reliable and affordable disk-based data protection system that satisfies the backup and archive needs of today’s fast-paced businesses.  We have an Imation RDX 750GB bundle at a spectacular price (available while supplies last).  You get an Imation External USB 2.0 RDX Burner and 1 Imation 750 GB Cartridge for only $149.99.  This is less than the cartridge alone would usually cost.  Another option is the Imation RDX 2-750GB System.  With this system you get and Imation External USB 2.0 RDX Drive and two (2) Imation 750GB RDX Cartridges for only $233.99RDX Advantages:

  • Rugged, 2.5″ mobile SATA hard disk drive
  • Fully Compatible with Dell RD1000 Removable Disc Systems
  • Shock protection from drops up to 1 meter
  • Forward and backward compatible to all RDX systems
  • Compact design – Cartridge Size 0.9″ x 3.4″ x 4.7″
  • Reliable for a minimum of 5,000 load/unload cycles
  • 3 year limited warranty by Imation

Epson Discproducer PP-100

Epson Discproducer Now Mac Compatible

The Epson Discproducer is now an option for Mac users.  Mac users have
exactly the same easy to use Epson Discproducer features that Windows users
already enjoy, including fully-automated CD and DVD production, accurate
burning, and high-quality, 6-color printing,  Epson’s Total Disc Maker software now supports  Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard®) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard®).

Epson’s Discproducers are an advanced line of desktop publishers for CD’s, DVD’s and Blu-Ray Disc. Built with Epson’s world-renowned printing technology and robotics.  The Discproducers can print and burn up to 100 customized discs on demand.

The following
Discproducer models are Mac-supported:

 


Kanex ATV Pro HDMI to VGA Adapter

Kanex ATV Pro HDMI to VGA Adapter

Want to connect your Apple TV to your projector, TV or monitor that does not have a HDMI port?  The Kanex ATV Pro HDMI to VGA Adapter is just what you need.

This adapter converts the HDMI output to a mini D-sub 15-pin VGA port and 3.5mm stereo minijack audio connection.  This works for older projectors and sound systems.  It does not need a power plug free and supports up to 1080p.

Convert your HDMI signal from your AppleTV to VGA in order to work with a video projector, computer monitor, or other VGA input device.

More details are available at TapeandMedia.com.

 


HP CC364X Black Toner

Save on Toner for your HP P4014 P4015 and P4515 Series Printers

HP C64A Black Toner Cartridge

HP CC364A Black Toner Cartridge

We have found that Genuine HP Toner for your HP P4014 P4015 and P4515 Series Printers will save you money in the long run. Inexpensive, non-HP toner, usually produces inferior print quality and can damage the workings of your HP printer. We recommend the the following for your HP P4014 P4015 and P4515 printer.

  • HP 64A Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge (CC364A) or the
  • HP 64X Black High Capacity Toner Cartridge (CC364X)

These toner cartridges are compatible with the HP LaserJet P4015n, P4015dn, P4015tn, P4015x, P4515n, P4515tn, P4515x printers.  The CC364A Toner Cartridge is also compatible with the HP LaserJet P4014n and P4014dn printers.

HP CC364X Black Toner

HP 64X Black Toner-CC364X
High Capacity

The HP CC364A can yield up to 10,000 pages while the HP CC364X can yield as much as 24,000 pages.


Elmo TT-12 Document Camera

Elmo USA Announces the TT-12 Document Camera

On June 8, 2011 ELMO USA Corporation announced the release of the TT-12, a fifth generation model of their popular “Teacher’s Tool” line of document cameras. The ELMO TT-12 document camera is an all-inclusive document camera designed for teachers looking to incorporate 21st century classroom technology to create dynamic lessons that enhance learning, interaction, creativity and academic performance of students.

The ELMO TT-12
document camera
also has an enhanced 12x optical zoom and 8x digital zoom with auto/manual focus. It renders crisp, clear images up to 96x magnification. Bright and colorful images are captured through the ELMO TT-12’s 3.4 megapixel camera, and smooth, full-motion video is displayed at 30 frames per second.

Features and Benefits

  • 12x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom total of 96x zoom
  • Multi-directional camera neck
  • 30 frames per second real-time image
  • 3.4 MP CMOS Sensor
  • XGA, WXGA, SXGA, 720p and 1080p output resolution
  • New Image Mate software with audio and video recording
  • Ergonomically designed remote control
  • Direct interaction with the ELMO CRA-1 wireless tablet without computer
  • 5 years warranty by Elmo USA
  • Optional microscope attachment is available

ELMO’s TT-12 document camera will be available in September 2011 and comes with a five-year warranty.


SDHC Cards

SDHC Cards at Tapeandmdia.com

All New Wireless SDHC Cards are available at Tapeandmedia.com

Every once in a while a new product comes along that truly impresses.  Explore has developed a wireless SDHC Card that allows uploading while in a WiFi zone. You can now have photos & videos upload from your camera to your computer or favorite media sharing site with speed and ease!

There are WiFi hotspots everywhere now the ability to upload from including your favorite coffee shop, hotels, gyms or at the shop and around the office.  The Wireless SD card also has an Automatic geo-tagging feature to effortlessly map your adventures. And that’s just the beginning!

The Eye-Fi Explore X2 card organizes your content. Photos and videos are sent to date-based folders so it keeps your work or memories neat.  The card also allows HotSpot access.  Upload on-the-go through one of tens of thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi HotSpots, like your favorite coffee shop, hotels, restaurants and more. (1 year of service included)

Thus product will add to the line of SDHC Cards that Tapeandmedia.com offers.  We also carry the SanDisk, Lexar, Sony and EMTEC SDHC cards.  In a wide range of capacities that fit every need one has for a compact memory solution.  The new Class 10 SDHC card offer the highest transfer rate possible, this allows you to upload the files more quickly saving you precious time and energy.

This product from Explores SDHC card line really is something to be excited about!  It allows for downloading all you content in a simple way, which allows you the freedom to not carrying around 2 or 3 SDHC cards for large products.  The Eye-Fi Explore X2 product would be useful for anyone who wants to capture as many pictures as they want, dash into a wireless area, upload them and have a new memory card to use with all your pictures safe and sound!

To find more on Eye-Fi Explore XD SDHC Card visit us at Tapeandmedia.com.


Explore Eye-Fi Wireless XD Cards are HERE!

Sometimes a product comes along that is simple in its brilliance.  Explore has developed a wireless SD card that allows uploading while in a WiFi zone. You can now have photos & videos upload from your camera to your computer or favorite media sharing site with speed and ease!

There are WiFi hotspots everywhere now the ability to upload from including your favorite coffee shop, hotels, gyms and more.  The Wireless SD card also has an Automatic geo-tagging feature to effortlessly map your adventures. And that’s just the beginning!

It is wireless, you can upload photos & videos from your camera through your Wi-Fi network with unprecedented wireless performance thanks to built-in 802.11n technology.  The 8 GB Card can store up to 4,000 photos or 3h of video with superfast class 6 read & write speeds. Uploading your content will give you an unlimited amount of memory and usage out of the card.  This means it is the only card that can free-up space for you after pictures are safely delivered. Never worry about running out of space again.

The Eye-Fi Explore X2 card keeps your content organized. Photos and videos can automatically land in date-based folders, so memories are organized effortlessly by date.  The card also gives you HotSpot access.  Upload on-the-go through one of tens of thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi HotSpots, including your favorite coffee shop, hotels, restaurants and more. (1 year of service included)

It has a Geo-tagging feature.  What this does is logs the time and place you took a picture or video.  It is lifetime and automatic! Geo-tagging service helps you organize and share your photos. View, search and share your latest trips on a map.  It brings your trip viewing to a whole new level.  The Eye-Fi Explore X2 card can wirelessly upload photos and videos to folders of your choice on your computer, or even directly into iPhoto for Macs!  It is compatible with hundreds of devices.  No need to buy a new camera!

It offers effortless sharing to your favorite social media sites.  Wirelessly send your JPEG photos and videos to a popular website. See the complete list you can choose from, which includes Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, MobileMe, and YouTube.  You can select which photos and videos are uploaded.  Get email, Facebook, text message* or Twitter alerts when your photos are uploading online.

The Eye-Fi Explore X2 is easy to set up it just takes a few minutes and you are good to go.

Here is what you need to take advantage of this great new SD card:

  • An SDHC compatible camera. The Eye-Fi Explore X2 card works in hundreds of cameras.
  • A broadband internet connection
  • A Wi-Fi router compatible with 802.11 b/g/n on the 2.4GHz band. Note: 5 GHz band is not supported.
  • A computer with Windows XP (SP3)/Vista/7 or Mac OSX (Intel) 10.5, or 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • 100MB of free space

It is n’t often that a new product gets me excited but having been a victim of the all to common “Well I’m out of memory space!” problem.  The Eye-Fi Explore X2 product would be useful for anyone who wants to capture as many pictures as they want, dash into a wireless area, upload them and have a new memory card to use with all your pictures safe and sound!

To find more on Eye-Fi Explore XD Card visit us at Tapeandmedia.com.


Get your Customized Lanyards from Idstore.tapeandmedia.com

Branded items are used to promote your brand, event, or concert or for your employees. It is a tried and true way to promote your brand. For years people have used pens, badges, shirts, lanyards and a multitude of other objects as a way to get their name out. From uses as give away items to clients and customers to using them internally everyone has seen these items in circulation. Lanyards can be custom made to display your brand. There are many options as to the quality and type of lanyard you choose and we are going to explain the difference!

Lanyards can be customized using these three processes. They can be Silk Screened, printed on using Dye Sublimation and Woven. Silk Screening is the least expensive way to get your name on your lanyard. This is done using a machine process that applies a design to the surface of the lanyards fabric, it does tend to fade over time. Silk Screening is perfect for events that are going to be short where the end user would only wear it for a specific event, trade show or concert. Dye Sublimation is a process by which the lanyard’s fabric is dyed. It is a longer lasting way to put your brand on the lanyard, but it will also fade over time, not as quickly as silk screening. The best way to produce a custom lanyard is using different color woven fabric to make your custom logo. Woven lanyards are washable and long lasting, perfect for long term use in any environment.

Lanyards also com in four different widths: 3/8thinch, 5/8th inch, 3/4 inch and 1 inch. A wider lanyard is more durable and stronger with the most visibility. They also offer “breakaway clasps” for safety around machines that a lanyard may inadvertently get caught in so that the wearer will lose the lanyard before anything else!

Customized logos can be easily incorporated into the lanyard. The lanyard itself can be 12 different colors. They can be further customized by choosing the clasp you attach your key, ID card, or photo to, clasp options are sewn on, metal, plastic and a detachable clasp.

Lanyards are an easy, fun way to promote you brand. They are easy to customize and come in wide range of design materials. The process of customization is flexible, simple and quick. To learn more about Custom Lanyards visit idstore.tapeandmedia.com.


Lacie’s New Fastkey!

For the user on the go, the Lacie FastKey provides speed, durability, reliability and ease of mind with any type of transferable data.

Lacie has always been known for their superior backup and backup solutions and their brand new FastKey is no exception. Lacie’s Fastkey utilizes the superior SSD USB 3.0 which can deliver speeds up to 260MB/s. In other words, the Fastkey is able to transfer 1,000 mp3 files from your PC to the flash drive in less than 60 seconds.

The reasoning behind FastKey’s incredible speed is that the Fastkey uses USB 3.0 technology in place of the standard USB 2.0, meaning the user has a flash drive that can write small files up to 100 times faster than a USB 2.0 drive.

Durability:

Lacie’s tested and proven metal design for their drives have always been a reliance for users worried about their flash drives longevity and the FastKey continues Lacie’s excellence in dependability and durability. Lacie has combined the Solid State Flash Technology with the drive’s exterior aluminum casing which protects the FastKey’s flash drive capacity which ranges from 30GB to 120GB, but do not bulk the user’s pocket as the FastKey drives do not exceed 26cm in length.

Data Protection:

To protect the users valuable information, the FastKey uses AES 256-bit encryption. This software protects all or some of the data within the flash drive, whatever the user may want to specifically encrypt. After the encryption process, the data is only accessible after entering the correct user set password. In addition to the this source of protection for your data, Lacie provides an additional 4GB of secure online storage which is provided by Wuala.

Specs:

The Lacie FastKey is available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB and information regarding each specific drive can be found here.

 


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