ARCHIVING TO LTFS TAPE OR DISK
With the correct licence installed the Codex software provides the Disk and Tape Offloader feature, allowing backup to LTFS tape or disk.
This feature can perform a byte-for-byte (or md5) verified backup to 2 disk and 2 LTFS tape targets simultaneously (or combinations thereof).
LTFS stands for Linear Tape File System and is an open standard way of formatting tapes, that can be read on any system with the appropriate drivers installed.
When this feature is activated there is an OFFLOAD option on the SETUP tab:
To use the Disk and Tape Offloader there is a recommended VFS Configuration called ‘Codex Tape Offloading (preset)’. If this configuration is used as the basis for your offload it means that the files can be imported back to Codex storage (Internal storage or a Capture Drive) later and will be exactly the same as they were originally:
Alteratively you can use the same configuration that you set up for creating RAW files if there is no requirement to import the files back to Codex storage later. Go to the OFFLOAD screen and set the Mode to Manual:
Then click to open the OPTIONS:
These are set at zero (0) by default. Set these to how many LTFS tape and Disk offloads you required:
Then click the File Browser icon to choose the destination for the disk offloads:
Confirm that Operation is set to Backup+Verify.
Then click the MOUNT button and the target(s) for the offload should be shown next to Devices:
At this point it is advised to view the contents of the Codex VFS drive, to confirm it contains the files you want to offload.
If required you can click the folder icon and choose a VFS Directory – for example you may want to offload just one Roll from all those that are loaded:
Then click START. After scanning the VFS the software will ask you to enter a user friendly name for the offload. The default is ‘unnamed’, so this could be changed to the Roll name for example:
Then you will be asked to enter the name(s) of the media being used, for logging purposes:
The software will then proceed with the offload, showing the names of the files as they are copied, and the estimated time remaining to completion:
When the offload has completed successfully the software will show how many files have been backed up and verified: