Canister for Windows
Want in on the public Canister for Windows beta? Email us: [email protected]​


  • Windows 10 or 11
  • IBM LTO Drive
Before diving in, you must ensure your LTO drive is visible in Device Manager. This step likely includes installing the appropriate driver for your Host Bus Adaptor. LSI cards tend to be recognized automatically, ATTO and Areca not so much.

Install Sequence

Install the following, the order is important.
  1. 3.
    Install Canister for Windows (if you're on the beta, we emailed you the link)
  2. 4.
    Format tape if required in the LTFS Configuration Utility
  3. 5.
    Open Canister and activate using the license provided
  4. 6.
    Have fun with Archive & Retrieve 🚀

How to report an issue?

Ping your findings to [email protected], including relevant screenshots and logs.
Logs are located here:

Not Yet Implemented

  • Preflight Checks
  • Duplicate Detect
  • Catalogs
  • Manifests
  • Settings
  • In-app Erase/Format
  • File-based Retrieve
  • Spanning

Things We Already Know

  • ETA readout is very sensitive
  • Delay when opening storage browser to create new destination or select folder for retrieve
  • Locked tape state not reflected in LTO node
  • Explorer may hang while the drive is Loading/Unloading (not Canister related)

Don't Be Stupid 😁

While Canister for Windows is in beta, do not use it in a production environment. Don't. Really.
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