OWC Mercury Pro LTO-8 Solution W/Tape & Cleaner

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  • Instant ROI: offers a 577% ROI with up to 55% lower costs vs HDD storage
  • Store More: up to 12TB native and up to 30TB1 compressed storage capacity per tape cartridge
  • Flexible: built-in IBM-LTO-8 drive reads and writes LTO-8, LTO-7 Type M "M-8", and LTO-7 tapes
  • Store Longer: up to 30-year tape longevity 
  • 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 myLTO® software  
  • Secure: supports AES 256-bit encryption for sensitive data
  • Compliance Ready: supports WORM cartridges required by legal and regulatory record keeping
  • Fast Tape Creation: up to 360MB/s native, up to 900MB/s1 compressed transfer rates


M&E professionals, corporations, government branches, and small businesses are all facing the same challenge: how to manage an ever-increasing amount of 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/compliance requirements are becoming more stringent.

The answer to this challenge is the Mercury Pro LTO. This easily integrated tape backup/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.


There’s a priceless convenience of familiarity in using the Mercury Pro LTO to protect your data. 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/retrieving them from tape is drag and drop easy. And compatibility has never been more simple 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.


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 was designed to use future release LTO-9 drives.


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.


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 and the longest life expectancy.


Whether you need to keep sensitive data secure during transportation or ensure irreplaceable data will be archive protected, the 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.



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.



The Mercury Pro LTO enables you to archive data seamlessly in your workflow via the included Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your Mac. You can also optionally enhance your workflow by:

Adding up to a 4TB SSD to the 2.5/3.5-inch drive expansion bay for extra storage and backup capacity.

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



The Mercury Pro LTO includes myLTO software for the Mac making the process of archiving your data easy, safe and secure. Through its simple drag-and-drop interface, myLTO gives you powerful archive options like queuing multiple copies with copy verification notification. You can also create customized reports with thumbnails and metadata to locate files after archival quickly. Fast and safe, myLTO uses checksum technology for guaranteed accuracy throughout the copy process.


Mercury Pro LTO works with other industry leading archiving and management software including: Pomfort Silverstack XT, Hedge Canister, YoYotta LTFS, XenData6 Workstation, Archiware P5, and more.



LTO solutions like the Mercury Pro LTO have become a workflow requirement for production companies like Netflix, which employing a 3:2:1 rule to safeguard OCF (original camera footage), provide off-site backup, and fulfill long-term archiving of series and films.

In every “rule,” Netflix lists LTO tapes as an acceptable archival  format, and a critical  component  in  meeting  their partner data management requirements.


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.


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.


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 the 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.



Mercury Pro LTO

Thunderbolt 3 cable

Power cable

LTO-8 tape (12TB native, 30TB compressed)

Cleaning tape

myLTO software (Mac only)

Quick Start Guide


System Requirements



macOS 10.14.6 or later

Mac driver and myLTO software bundle: download.owc.com/lto/mac

 Full Windows 10 support expected in the future with an OWC driver update1


Any Mac with a built-in Thunderbolt 3 port2


(2) Thunderbolt 3 ports — power delivery up to 85W

(1) Gigabit Ethernet (maintenance port)

(1) DisplayPort 1.4

 Drives Supported

(1) LTO

(1) 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SATA/SAS


Internal UL-listed universal auto-switching

AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz

DC output: 12V, 16.7A (200W)


  • Height: 9.1 in (23.2 cm)
  • Width: 6.1 in (15.5 cm)
  • Length: 11.5 in (29.3 cm)


  • 12.2 lb (5.5 kg)

Product Specification Sheet

Mercury Pro LTO


Environmental (Operating)

Temperature (°F) 41°F to 95°F

Temperature (°C) 5°C to 35°C

Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Temperature (°F) -4°F to 140°F

Temperature (°C) -20°C to 60°C

Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

    Shipping policy

    Any items which are in stock, will be dispatched immediately - same day if possible and morning of the following business day at the latest. Items which are not in stock at our local warehouse will be routed to us, and dispatched immediately upon arrival to us. In that case, the estimated dispatch time is noted on the product page.

    Note that you are always welcome to email info@dittools.eu or call (+372) 5556 0057 for a more accurate shipping time estimate, as this does vary depending on a number of factors.

    Standard shipping

    Unless otherwise noted, all items are shipped standard via DPD. We normally ship to European Union countries only – do contact us for possible exceptions, particularly other European mainland countries. Shipping times vary between 1 to 10 business days within Europe – an up to date estimate will be given at checkout.

    Express shipping

    Our shipping partner for expedited deliveries is DHL Express; please contact us directly for a quote.

    Returning an item

    If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return your item(s) for a full refund within 14 days of confirmed delivery.

    Special sales, demo items and promotions may have modified return policies. If an item from a bundle is returned for refund, the total bundle discount or the total value of the gifts will get deducted from the returned item prior to issuing a refund. If the bundle discount (or gift value) exceeds the value of the returned item, the difference must be paid to be able to return the item.

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    If you would like to return any item(s), please contact us by either emailing info@dittools.eu or calling (+372) 5556 0057. We will share with you a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) code and ask that you clearly mark this code outside of your shipping box as you ship your item(s) back for a refund.

    You will be liable for the shipping and any applicable customs/duty fees returning the item(s).

    Incorrect items

    If the return is made due to a faulty product, or an incorrectly shipped product, or if you are returning the item(s) due to a defect, or functionality issue, or because it is not the item you have ordered, we will gladly email or mail a return shipping label covering all shipping related expenses. In order to determine whether the return is initiated due to a technical problem, we may ask for you to provide visual support like images or a video on the item(s).


    Returned merchandise must be in its original packaging, and placed in a decent shipping box, e.g. the same box that we shipped the items to you in. Please make sure to clearly mark the RMA code you have received from us outside on the box.

    Do not forget to cover or peel off any existing shipping labels on the box.

    DIT Supplies OÜ cannot be held accountable for return shipments that have not reached us or returns made without RMA codes. We strongly advise that if you are returning the item(s) with a carrier of your choice that you use a traceable shipping method.

    It may take 4-5 business days for your return to reach us. Once it is received and inspected, your refund will be processed and automatically applied to your credit card or original method of payment within 14 business days. Please note that depending on your credit card company, it may take an additional 2-4 business days after your credit is applied for it to post to your account.

    Customs, duties & taxes

    There are no customs duties or taxes on orders shipping within the EU. Orders shipped outside of the EU may be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees collected by the destination country. The recipient of an international shipment may be subject to such import taxes, customs duties and fees, which are collected once a shipment reaches the recipient's country. Additional charges for customs clearance must be paid for by the recipient; we have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; and when customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond our original delivery estimates. We advise that you contact your local customs office for more information.