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OWC Mercury Pro LTO LTO-8 Thunderbolt Tape Storage/Archiving Solution

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Cost-effective and easy-to-use archiving solution for M&E pros, corporations, government, and small businesses.

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Mercury Pro LTO 
LTO-8 Thunderbolt Tape Storage/Archiving Solution

Preserve Huge Volumes of Data
M&E professionals, corporations, government branches, and small businesses are all facing the same challenge: how to manage an ever-increasing amount of more complex data. Higher resolution, complex audio, and diverse formats are the project norm. Organizational content is projected to grow 50-70% annually as more data is digitalized. Licensing, regulatory, and compliance requirements are becoming more stringent.
The OWC Mercury Pro LTO is the answer to this challenge. This easily integrated tape backup and archiving solution is a mission-critical requirement for protecting and preserving huge volumes of data for longer periods with familiar drag-and-drop operation, and better economies of scale than disk-based storage. Ruggedly small with a built-in handle, the Mercury Pro LTO is able to go on-set or move among studio, department, or office computers for a shared data protection solution.
Powered by OWC ArGest Backup (30 Day Demo Included)
Whether you’re running a small business or you’re a M&E pro, ArGest® Backup is the perfect software to manage your LTO backup and archival collection. With a simple drag-and-drop interface and true cross-platform restorability in all archive formats, ArGest Backup is built to keep your data protected and accessible today and tomorrow.
  • Easy and familiar: backup and archive folders, files, or session files with drag-and-drop simplicity in major applications
  • Fastest: real-world LTO tape speeds up to 322MB/sec using LTO-7 and LTO-8 tape devices for the fastest backup and recovery available
  • Flexible: verify archives at any time on macOS, Windows, or Linux
  • Diverse: can be used to backup to portable USB or Thunderbolt drives, removable disk storage such as RDX and Lyve Mobile™, local cloud storage, and tape media
  • Reliable Recovery: restore maximum possible data, even with a missing or damaged tape in a multiple tape archive
  • Fully auditable: Check media status any time, even on a different system or OS with ANYTIME Verify™
  • Efficient: create two identical tapes in a single backup or archive operation with Doubler Archival Mode™
  • Manage: automatically creates organized tape catalogs for fast searching and restore access time
  • Complete: after archive is complete, create a self-contained CD/DVD/USB or network key with all components required files to restore on a non-BRU system
  • Diagnose: built-in functions for checking and reporting LTO equipment operational status during all backup and restore operations
  • Risk-free: 30-day free trial of full featured, fully functional demo
  • All of these features and power backed by OWC's support and software teams.
With unmatched speeds, air-tight verification, and system and hardware error detection and recovery, there is simply no other backup solution that can protect your assets as completely and as reliably as ArGest Backup.
Archiving Made Drag and Drop Easy
There’s a priceless convenience of familiarity in using the OWC Mercury Pro LTO to protect your data. By using archiving industry standard Linear Tape Open (LTO) tapes formatted with the Linear Tape File System (LTFS), the tapes can be accessed on your computer just like a hard drive or SSD. Files appear in folders and moving them to and from tape is drag-and-drop easy. Compatibility has never been simpler. Thanks to LTFS, LTO tapes can be read from a Mac, PC, or Linux system so there’s no extra software to buy or proprietary hardware concerns.
Advanced Yet Future-Ready
Because LTFS is an open, cross-platform system, and LTO tape is the dominant archiving medium that has continued to advance since being introduced in 2000, you can be confident knowing you'll be able to access your data with any brand of LTO hardware for decades to come. The Mercury Pro LTO uses the latest 12TB LTO-8 tapes, the previous generation 6TB LTO-7 tapes, and is designed to use future release LTO-9 drives.
Instant ROI
Compared to using hard drives for archival storage, the OWC Mercury Pro LTO offers an instant ROI, and pays for itself in no time by continually and dramatically lowering project and production costs.
120TB of Footage Data from One Action Movie Shot
  • 10 x 12TB HDDs @ $300/drive = $3000
  • 10 x 12TB LTO-8s @$135/tape = $1350 (55% lower cost)
  • 20 x 6TB HDDs @ $120/drive = $2400
  • 20 x 6TB LTO-7s @$56/tape = $1120 (53% lower cost)
That’s over 50% savings vs HDD-based archive storage on just one project!
Lower Lifetime Costs with Far Greater Life Expectancy
A 10-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Study performed by the Enterprise Strategy Group comparing the costs of long-term storage on disk, LTO tape, and cloud had a staggering revelation. LTO tape-based archiving offers a 577% ROI! That’s because LTO-tape offers the lowest cost per TB storage format combined with the longest life expectancy among all storage options.
Meets Stringent Regulations
Whether you need to keep sensitive data secure during transportation, or ensure irreplaceable data will be archive protected, the OWC Mercury Pro LTO enables healthcare, financial, and related industries to meet strict legal and regulatory procedures for data confidentiality and integrity. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption conceals your data from unauthorized access by making it readable only by the Mercury Pro LTO. By using a WORM (Write Once, Ready Many) LTO tape, you can store your data in a non-erasable, non-rewritable format to prevent accidental overwrite or malicious data alteration.
The Perfect Solution for A Variety of Industries
LTO Tape archiving is used by a wide variety of industries for diverse needs:
  • Anyone seeking offsite data storage that is separated from the read/write host.
  • Businesses desiring database and content backup protection against ransomware, cyber-attacks, and operations disruption due to natural disasters. 
  • Local/State/Federal Government agencies with ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) workflows; video and files related to law/ordinance passage and day-to-day operations.
  • Healthcare providers and organizations with medical records and imaging data.
  • Educational institutions needing to keep a myriad of data - including research - produced by students, teachers, and professors accessibly protected while freeing up more costly storage options for short term use and backup.
  • Video surveillance operations with increasing number of higher resolution colorized cameras.
  • Motion Picture industry production companies needing to meet bondable and insurable archive requirements
  • Digital media companies can free up production disk capacity and shorten production windows by reusing and editing existing footage for new productions.
Simple Workflow Integration and Expansion
The Mercury Pro LTO enables you to archive data seamlessly in your workflow via the included Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your Mac or PC. You can also optionally enhance your workflow by:
  • Connecting a USB 3.0, USB-C, or Thunderbolt 3 device to the Mercury Pro LTO’s second Thunderbolt 3 port for added functionalities.
  • Adding a second display with up to 8K resolution via the DisplayPort 1.4 interface.
  • Keeping your notebook charged with the 85W Thunderbolt 3 port.
Use Case Spotlight: Netflix Data Management Requirements
LTO solutions like the Mercury Pro LTO have become a workflow requirement for production companies like Netflix to safeguard original camera footage, provide off-site backup, and fulfill long-term archiving of series and films.
Employing a 3:2:1 rule, Netflix specifies its partners must:
  • Hold at least 3 copies of all Original Camera Footage (OCF) and audio at all times.
  • Store the copies on 2 different types of media.
  • Maintain at least 1 backup offsite.
In every “rule” and well as in their acceptable archival formats, Netflix lists LTO tapes as a critical component in meeting their partner data management requirements.
Secure Your Workflow with OWC ClingOn
Greatly reduce, if not eliminate, cable strain and accidental disconnects in active, heavy traffic flow workspaces with the OWC ClingOn. These custom cable stabilizers (sold separately) screw into the Mercury Pro LTO’s housing and secure your Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections to prevent work session interruption and possible data loss.
Certified for Demanding Use
We understand having confidence in gear reliability is paramount to creative professionals. That’s why every Mercury Pro LTO solution undergoes a multi-step performance certification prior to shipping. This ensures your archiving solution arrives operating properly and immediately ready for demanding use.
Completes the OWC Solution
Thanks to the Mercury Pro LTO, OWC now offers the film industry, corporations, government branches, and even small businesses a trustworthy “ingest to archive” single source. With portable data capture options like the Thunderblade, Express 4M2, and Envoy Pro EX; desktop options like ThunderBay line-up; and internal drive options like the Accelsior 4M2 and Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 2.5-inch SSD, OWC is the one project source that does it all for all those that create data.
  1. 30TB / 750MB/s with 2.5:1 data compression.
  2. Full DisplayPort 1.4 capabilities depends on host computer support of DisplayPort 1.4 specification through its Thunderbolt 3 connection, host computer GPU capabilities, and connecting cable capabilities.
  3. Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt compatibility requires a certified Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 (mDP) adapter and a Thunderbolt 2 cable. This configuration provides data transfer at Thunderbolt 2 speeds (up to 20Gb/s) but does not support notebook charging.
  • Store more: up to 12TB native, up to 30TB1compressed storage capacity per tape cartridge
  • Flexible: built-in IBM-LTO-8 drive reads and writes LTO-8 and LTO-7 tapes
  • Store longer: 30+ years tape longevity
  • Instant ROI: Lowest cost storage format; as low as $0.02/GB and up to 50x less costly than online storage
  • LTFS compatible: archive files/folders with drag and drop ease
  • Simple interface: mount, format, and backup to an LTO tape and hard drive simultaneously via included OWC ArGest Backup software
  • Secure: supports AES 256-bit encryption for sensitive data
  • Compliance ready: supports WORM cartridges required by legal/regulatory record keeping
  • Fast tape creation: up to 300MB/s native, up to 750MB/s1 compressed transfer rates
  • Configurable: add up to 16TB SSD to the 2.5/3.5-inch drive expansion bay
  • Expansive: second Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port for adding up to five additional Thunderbolt devices3 or your choice of a USB-C or DisplayPort device2
  • See more: DisplayPort 1.4 for connecting up to an 8K display2
  • Charge while working: 85W of notebook charging3
  • Transportable: Compact form factor with built in handles for moving between set and studio
  • Complete: Includes LTO-8 12TB data tape, cleaning tape, and Thunderbolt cable




  • (1) OWC Mercury Pro LTO LTO-8 Thunderbolt Tape Drive
  • (1) OWC ArGest Backup Desktop Software - Demo
  • (1) LTO-8 Tape (12TB native, 30TB compressed)
  • (1) Cleaning Tape
  • (1) Thunderbolt 3 Cable
  • (1) Power Cable
  • (1) Quick Start Guide


Product Specifications

  • LTO Mechanism
    • IBM LTO Ultrium 8
  • LTO Speed (Max)
    • LTO-8: Up to 300MB/s native (750MB/s compressed)
  • LTO Media Supported
    • LTO-8
    • LTO-7
  • LTO Media Included
    • Fujifilm LTO-8 12TB data cartridge
  • LTO Cleaning Media
    • Included
  • LTO Software Included
    • OWC ArGest Backup - Desktop Edition
  • Mechanisms Supported
    • 2.5 inch SATA drives
    • 3.5 inch SATA drives
    • 2.5 inch SAS drives
    • 3.5 inch SAS drives
  • Display Support
    • Up to one 8K display @ 60Hz,
    • or one 4K display @ 120Hz,
    • or one 5K display @ 60Hz,
    • or two 4K displays @ 60Hz,
    • or one 4K display @ 60Hz and one 4K display @ 30Hz,
    • or one 4K display @ 60Hz,
    • or one 4K display @ 30Hz
  • Display Support by Port
    • Thunderbolt 3: Up to 5K @ 60Hz via a native Thunderbolt 3 display or 4K @ 60Hz via a Thunderbolt display or a USB-C display adapter
    • DisplayPort 1.4: Up to 8K @ 60Hz or 4K @ 120Hz
  • Bootable
    • No 
  • Chipset
    • Thunderbolt: Intel JHL7440
  • Certifications
    • BSMI
    • CE
    • FCC
    • RCM
    • VCCI
  • Data Transfer Rate (Maximum)
    • Thunderbolt 3 : 40 Gb/s (or 5000 MB/s)
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
    • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
  • Contact Start Stops
    • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
  • Mac OS Compatibility
    • macOS 10.14 Mojave
    • macOS 10.15 Catalina
    • macOS 11.x Big Sur
  • PC OS Compatibility
    • Windows 10 64-bit Edition
  • Linux OS Compatibility
    • Yes 
  • Other Requirements
    • Requires macOS 10.14.6 or later.
    • Mercury Pro LTO will work in Windows 10, but does not support hot plug/unplug during sleep/hibernate modes and may encounter issues.
  • Host Port Requirements
    • Thunderbolt 3
  • Driver Required
    • Download Driver
    • Installation of the myLTO application, the Mercury LTO SAS driver, and related components are required before use and require a restart.
    • To learn more about myLTO please visit the online manual.
  • Power Supply
    • Internal UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
  • AC Input
    • 90-264V, 47-63Hz, 1.0A-1.8A
  • DC Output
    • +12V, 16.7A
  • Wattage
    • 200W Watts
  • External Power Adapter
    • No 
  • Power Delivery
    • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one with 85W Power Delivery, one with 15W Power Delivery.
  • Number of Bays
    • 1
  • Device Ports
    • (2) Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Ports
    • (1) DisplayPort Port
  • Cooling
    • (1) cooling fan
  • Security Slot
    • Yes 
  • Power Button
    • Yes 
  • Power/Activity LED
    • Yes 
  • Housing Color
    • Black
  • Housing Material
    • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
    • Height: 23.2 cm (9.1 in)
    • Length: 29.2 cm (11.5 in)
    • Width: 15.5 cm (6.1 in)
  • Weight
    • 5.5 kg (12.21 lbs)
  • Ambient Temperature
    • Operating: 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)
    • Non-Operating: -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
  • Altitude
    • Operating: -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
    • Non-Operating: -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)
  • Humidity
    • Operating: 8% to 90% non-condensing
    • Non-Operating: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Shock
    • Operating: Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
    • Non-Operating: Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
  • Noise
    • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed


  • Installation of the myLTO application, the Mercury LTO SAS driver, and related components are required before use and require a restart.
  • To learn more about OWC ArGest Backup please visit the https://www.argestsoftware.com.
  • To prevent data loss on the LTO drive when the computer goes into sleep mode, the LTO drive and HDD/SSD will stay powered on as long as the power switch is in the ON position. For this reason, you may occasionally hear sounds from the LTO drive during computer sleep.
  • To understand the various status codes the drive may display, visit this page.
  • For additional usage notes including notes on data protection, please review the full Assembly Manual & User guide (linked in the Includes section).

Additional Information

Colour Black
Capacity No
Number of Bays/Drives No
Type No
Model Identifier No
Connection 3.5mm Audio Jack, Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s), USB-C
Form Factor No
Manufacturer OWC
Manufacturer P/N OWCTBLTMP8A000
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