LTO is a much more reliable and cost effective storage medium than hard drives. If you are storing hard drives on the shelf, you may be asking for trouble: hard drives have moving parts that can fail, destroying your data. LTO has few moving parts and is certified for 30 years of archive. Large organizations have been using LTO technology for decades to back-up their data. Storage capacities continue to grow along with transfer rates. With the latest generations, LTO is now easy to use.
LTFS makes LTO as simple as hard drives
LTFS (Linear Tape File System) technology makes LTO-5, LTO-6, LTO-7, LTO-8 and future versions tape self-describing and easy-to-use. It provides users with the ability to use standard file operations on tape media for accessing, managing and sharing files with an interface that behaves just like a hard disk. LTFS also provides the ability to share data across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, as you would with a USB drive or memory stick. Simply load a tape into the drive, mount it into the file system, and it becomes visible as a disk. This greatly improves your workflow making it much easier to use LTO tape as a low cost storage medium.