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Legacy Tape Drives

3480 Tape Drives

T490e Overland

Certified refurbished 3480 Tape Drives are available from Sunstar in a variety of models as indicated below. Our complete 3480 tape drive sub-systems includes; software, cables & SCSI controller suited for your platform. 3480 Tape Drives read and write to 18 Tracks.

Tape drives built for the 3480 were initially designed for mainframe computers. Therefore, the first 3480 tape drives communicated through a bus and tag interface. Later models were able to take advantage of ESCON and high voltage SCSI interfaces. The advent of the SCSI interface made it possible to connect 3480 family tape drives to personal computers, which enabled mainframe-to-pc data exchange.

The IBM 3480 was the first tape drive to employ thin-film heads, as well as the first to use chromium dioxide tape.

It was also distinguished by a relatively high data transfer rate: 3 megabytes per second. This was because it was able to read and write linear data across 18 recording tracks simultaneously, or 38,000 bytes per inch of tape. As IBM’s prior technology employed 9 recording tracks and achieved only 1600/6,250 bytes per inch of tape, the 3480 format was greeted as a major breakthrough: 200 megabytes of data per tape cartridge as opposed to the 100 megabytes on the 6250 1/2″ tape reels. While IBM offered 3480 tape drives with bus and tag interfaces, other manufacturers sold models with SCSI interfaces

 

Model Description
DEC TKZ60, TKZ61, TKZ62, TKZ64 3480/3490/3490E
FUJITSU M1016B SCSI TAPE CONTROLLER
FUJITSU M1017BD SCSI – DIFF TAPE CONTROLLER
FUJITSU M2483K/M2485K SCSI – 2  3.0MB/S  RACKMOUNT/DESKTOP
FUJITSU M2483B/M2485B 3480 RACKMOUNT/DESKTOP
MP SYSTEMS 8418 3480 3.0MB/S WITH COMPRESSION 4.5MB/S
OVERLAND DATA TAPE EXPRESS L490 3480 AUTOLOADER, 10 CARTRIDGE
STORAGETEK STC 4280 3480 SINGLE DRIVE UNIT – SCSI w/ICRC COMPRESSION
TANDEM 5190ACL 18 TRACK TAPE CARTRIDGE SUBSYSTEM, ACL EQUIPPED CRU
TANDEM 5191ACL 18 TRACK TAPE CARTRIDGE SUBSYSTEM, ACL EQUIPPED CRU, PACKAGED IN MSS MODULE
CIPHER T480 3480 SCSI RACKABLE TOP w/ACL
FUJITSU M1016BD SCSI – DIFF TAPE CONTROLLER
FUJITSU M2481 3480 1.5MB/S
FUJITSU M2481A11 AUTO CARTRIDGE LOADER
 JVC (Victor Data Systems) 8418 3480 3.0MB/S WITH COMPRESSION 4.5MB/S
MP SYSTEMS  MP 8436 3480 3490 3490E, 3.5.5/9.0MB/SEC
STORAGETEK STC 4220 3480 SINGLE DRIVE UNIT – SCSI
STORAGETEK STC 4288 3480 SINGLE DRIVE UNIT – SCSI – FIPS (IBM)
TANDEM 5190 18 TRACK TAPE CARTRIDGE SUBSYSTEM,  CRU ONLY
TANDEM 5191 18 TRACK TAPE CARTRIDGE SUBSYSTEM, CRU ONLY, PACKAGED IN MSS MODULE