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The largest SATA tape storage I have been able to find is 160GB native, which is the Quantum DLT-V4.

Does anyone know of SATA (or USB3) tape storage with 800GB-1TB native capacity?


It could also be a SAS tape drive. Can anyone recommend a SAS controller + SAS tape drive.

The SAS controller will only be used for the tape drive.

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Well certainly LTO-5 has a native uncompressed capacity of 1.5TB (they usually quote 3TB including compression).

THIS one is SAS based, can't seem to find any SATA ones, to be fair using SATA or USB for this kind of thing would be unusual.

Edit - Done some more digging and really can't find any LTO-5's that aren't either SAS, SCSI or FC - you could buy a SAS adapter pretty cheaply though.

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I am very open for that solution. Do you have a recommendation for a SAS controller? – Sandra Jul 8 '11 at 21:52
For tape solutions I'd always suggest Adaptec, they just work, but there are some great HP ones too - here's their compatibility guide, just plug in your backup software, OS and choose LTO-5 and it'll name at least one tested and compatible controller; – Chopper3 Jul 8 '11 at 22:02
Do you mean in the "Drive Software Compatibility Guide" you linked to? – Sandra Jul 8 '11 at 22:20
Yeah, it lists a controller used for testing if you fill it in right. – Chopper3 Jul 8 '11 at 22:37

DLT-S4 (800GB) has driver support for SATA mounting, though I can't find any actual devices that have SATA support. SAS, yes. SCSI-3, yes. But not SATA.

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I had a feeling, that was a problem. I have now updated the question, so if you know of a SAS tape drive + controller you can recommend, then that is very interesting. – Sandra Jul 8 '11 at 21:53

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