I'd like to use an LTO-5 tape drive to provide long term backup storage for files on my MacBook Pro that I wish to archive. It appears the drive uses a fiber-optic LC connector. Is there a way to connect such a drive to my MacBook Pro so I can back up files using it from my laptop? If not, is there a LTO tape solution that works with MacBooks?


The only way that I know of connecting a MacBook (any modern laptop) to a fiber channel drive/drive subsystem is with a a device like the ATTO Thunderlink FC3162, however, they are prohibitively expensive.

What might be a much cheaper and more effective alternative is to build another machine (a cheap PC will work well) and install a Fibre Channel HBA to connect to your LTO tape system. I’ve done something very similar with FreeBSD and a Fibre Channel array that served as storage and Time Capsule backup using drives; I’m sure a tape solution would work just as easily.

  • Do any of the LTO tape drives not use fibre optic? – WilliamKF May 9 at 18:32
  • I’m not sure what you mean by the question. – Allan May 9 at 18:53
  • Are there LTO drives that more readily can be used with a MacBook, e.g., don't have LC optical out. – WilliamKF May 9 at 19:05
  • Doing an Internet search, I found the MagStore LT08 which is Thunderbolt 3 to Tape - no Fibre channel conversion necessary. It too is very expensive, however and I’ve never actually used this. – Allan May 9 at 19:59

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