The MTDE emulator, from the point of view of the system in which it is installed, is visible as a standard physical drive, such as a magneto-optical drive, streamer, tape drive. The device behaves identically to the original drive. The emulator is equipped with three connectors: SCSI, Ethernet, and power supply. The SCSI and power connectors are used for direct connection in place of the emulated physical drive.
The Ethernet connector is used to connect to the control computer, which stores data read from the system or data to be written. Specialized software is installed on the control computer, allowing remote operation of the emulator in the same way as if it were a standard SCSI device (e.g., insert a disk of the appropriate size, perform disk diagnostics, write data to the disk, read data from the disk, remove the disk).
All operations are performed on the so-called virtual media. The virtual medium is a part of the hard disk capacity of the control computer, which is used to store information transferred to/from the emulator. The data stored on the virtual medium can be made available to other systems via IP network or in any other way according to customer requirements.