The OWC Mercury Pro LTO desktop tape drive is equipped with the Thunderbolt 3 interface

The OWC range has been supplemented by the OWC Mercury Pro LTO desktop tape drive. It is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 interface and supports the LTO-8 cartridge. One such cartridge holds 12 TB without compression or up to 30 TB with compression. The compatibility inherent in LTO allows the use of LTO-7 cartridges with a capacity of 6 TB, and in the future – LTO-9 cartridges. At a specific cost of storage, tape is much more attractive than even hard drives, not to mention the SSD, and the shelf life of information is many times greater than all alternatives. In terms of speed, recording is performed at speeds up to 360 MB / s (with compression – up to 900 MB / s).

The drive supports AES encryption with a 256-bit key. It is possible to use WORM cartridges required for storage of legal or regulatory documentation. The second port of Thunderbolt 3 allows you to connect the drive to a chain of several compatible devices (up to six). The drive can provide power to the laptop connected to it. Power consumption can be up to 85 watts. The advantages of the product also include the presence of a DisplayPort 1.4 port and a compartment for a 3.5-inch drive.

The $ 4,499 kit includes myLTO software, an LTO-8 cartridge, a cleaning cartridge and a Thunderbolt cable. There are more expensive kits, which also include an HDD up to 16 TB or an SSD up to 4 TB. Additional LTO-8 cartridges cost $ 125 apiece at the OWC store.