The set-up process before you can begin using your LTO deck can be very confusing, which is why we have implemented a number of new features to help streamline this process.
These features can be found by navigating to the menu at the very top of your screen, locating Help, and selecting myLTO Check-in from the drop-down menu.
myLTO Check-in checks the three necessary components needed to work with your tape; an LTO deck, macFUSE, and a LTFS library. If all components are installed and working correctly, a blue checkmark will appear to the right of each one. A yellow caution sign indicates that there may be something wrong and the component requires action before you can begin using the deck.
The LTO component check makes sure there is a compatible LTO deck and tape connected to your device. This component may show as a Yellow Caution Sign if there is no tape inserted or the tape has been ejected.
If you have inserted your tape but it has not appeared, you may need to refresh the view. To do this, navigate to the Deck Options View and select the button next to the tape icon titled Check for Tape.
If your tape is brand new and has yet to be used, it must be formatted before use. This can be done by selecting the corresponding tape from the left hand menu, and selecting Format from these options
The macFUSE component check makes sure macFUSE has been downloaded and installed properly. macFUSE is a required software package that must be downloaded in order to begin using your LTO deck. It is available for download here.
It is important to make sure that your computer's privacy settings aren't prohibiting the installation from completing. Go to System Preferences/Privacy and unlock the settings to allow any pending installs.
If you have installed macFUSE and a caution icon is still appearing next to this component, it could be that the kernel extension is unable to load. To fix this, select the caution icon. This will bring up a window prompting you to enter your password allowing myLTO to load the extension. Upon completion, this should remedy the issue.
The LTFS component check ensures the correct LTFS Library has been installed and is compatible with your LTO deck.
myLTO comes with a pre-installed Bundled LTFS. This allows you to begin working with your deck without going through the process of finding and installing the correct LTFS library. If you would prefer to use a custom LTFS, check out our article detailing the installation process.