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Magstor External Thunderbolt 3 LTO 8 Tape Drive




The MagStor TRB3-HL8 features an LTO8 tape drive with a 3.5" SATA HDD connected via a Thunderbolt™ 3 / USB-C port as a convenient connection to your desktop MAC or PC computer.  

Thunderbolt™ 3 devices are fully backwards compatible with previous generations of Thunderbolt™ technology.  We recommend the Apple MMEL2AM/A adapter with those using older Thunderbolt™ ports.  


  • 12TB LTO8 Tape Drive
  • 300 MB/s Read/Write Speeds
  • 3.5" HDD Tray-less Hot-Swap Dock (Tested up to 12TB HDDs)
  • LTFS Compatible Drag & Drop
  • 30 Year LTO Media Archive Life 
  • Built-in PSU, no bulky adapters needed
  • 2x Front Facing Thunderbolt™ 3 Ports
  • TAA Compliant (Tape Drives Made in Japan)
  • 3 Year Warranty (Upgrade to 5 Years US/CAN)


Technical Specifications


Two Thunderbolt™ 3 front-facing 40 Gb/s interface ports allowing connection to a MAC or PC with a Thunderbolt™ 3 compatible USB-C Port

    Tape Drive

    LTO8 Tape drive with up to 300 MB/sec native transfer rate

      Data Cartridge

      • Read/Write LTO8 data cartridge; 12TB native storage capacity
      • Read/Write LTO7 data cartridge; 6TB native storage capacity

       Power Supply

      100/240 VAC 50/60 Hz Auto-sensing

         Dimensions & Weight

        13.4 x 5.8 x 6.8 inches (L x H x W) / 12.7 lbs

           Software Compatibility

          • IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition (CLI MAC, GUI Windows)
          • PreRollPost
          • myLTO
          • StorageDNA
          • YoYotta LTFS
          • Hedge Canister
          • Third-Party TAR based backup software, Acronis etc.


             MagStor TRB3-HL8 includes

            • One desktop LTO8 tape drive with two Thunderbolt™ 3 front-facing interface ports, 3.5" SATA HDD Hot-Swap Dock 
            • One 2 Meter MagStor (Intel Certified) Thunderbolt™ 3 Active 40 Gb/s cable
            • One US power cable
            • Three-year warranty

            Where do we ship?

            • To all 50  States.
            • We ship to APO/FPO Military addresses also

            International Shipments

            • We ship internationally to wherever UPS, FEDEX and DHL delivers.

            Free shipment

            • We offer Free Ground Shipping to the 48 continental US States on orders over $500.
            • Applicable to ground shipping within Continental U.S.

            Same Day Shipping

            • Our dedicated staff ships most orders the same day, unless the order is placed after 4 pm PST OR it is out–of-stock.
            • For priority mail, orders must be placed by 2:00pm PST
            • Not every product can be shipped on the same day, as they might require special packaging.

            Next Business Day Shipping

            • Orders placed on national holiday/weekend will be shipped on the following business day.
            • Most of the products are shipped from our San Ramon, CA warehouse. In addition, we have 6 other regional warehouses located across the contiguous states. Products would be shipped from your nearest warehouse.
            • We ensure that all customer orders are safely delivered within the shortest time frame. However, there are rare chances that you may receive multiple packages as they would be delivered from different locations.

            Shipping Couriers

            • FedEx, UPS, DHL and USPS.
            • Customers can also provide us theirFedEx/UPS account for “ Freight Collect”
            • You can also request a specific carrier. Please make sure that you mention it in the section of “special instruction”. Our efficient staff will do its best to fulfill your specific demands.

            Substitute Courier Service

            • The company has the right to ship the order through any other carrier service that we think will be a better choice.

            Shipment cost

            • The total cost can be viewed before placing the order, and it depends on
            • The location
            • Size and weight
            • Shipping method

            Ground Standard

            • UPS or FEDEX ground is a low-cost, fast and reliable option for all routine shipments in the contiguous states.
            • Ground Shipments generally take 2 to 5 business days to deliver.

            USPS Priority Mail

            • Economical choice for small quantities of light-weight items, especially the backup tapes.
            • Reaches anywhere in contiguous states within 2-4 business days.
            • Good news is that there is no extra charges for Saturday deliveries.

            Saturday Delivery

            • No normal delivery services from FedEx and UPS on holidays/weekends.
            • Customers requiring urgent deliveries on these days can make a phone call and our staff would help fulfill their request.

            Next Business Day Delivery

            • FedEx and UPS provide fastest delivery to all 50 states. The goods generally reach all addresses by 10:30am, noon, or the end of day.

            Second and Third Business Day

            • Two & three days delivery is available through UPS & FEDEX


            Top Reasons To Use Tape Vs Cloud Backup 

            • Store large amounts of data 
            • Long-term data preservation 
            • Ransomware resiliency 
            • Greater ROI vs. the public cloud 
            • Disaster recovery 
            • Sustainability 
            • Data governance 
            • Data sovereignty 

                            If you need to store large amounts of data for extended periods of time, using a On-Premise tape Backup solution has far more advantages compared to Public Cloud Storage.
                            There is considerable cost savings and more options without incurring unexpected charges.

                            Magstor External Thunderbolt 3 LTO 8 Tape Drive
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