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Lord of the Rings all taped up

In his quest through Middle Earth Frodo has called upon the fellowship of storage firm StorageTek.

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In his quest through Middle Earth Frodo has called upon the fellowship of storage firm StorageTek.

The company supplied a TimberWolf 9710 tape library and six DLT 7000 tape drives to Weta Digital, which created digital effects for J R R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

Each frame of the film required 12 Mbytes of space - however each actual shot consisted of multiple frames. According to StorageTek, between 300 and 500 Gbytes of data needed to be backed up onto digital tape daily. Altogether 2,500 tapes were used.

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