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Fujitsu M2483H

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Fujitsu M2483H
SKU: 134-04-11025

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Small, Affordable 3480/3490 Tape Drive

Fujitsu M2483H/M2485H 18-Track Half-Inch Cartridge Tape Drive


Extended Warranty for Tape Drives

Our Extended Service eliminates hourly repair bills and puts you at the front of the line for tape drive repair. We repair many brands and formats of tape drives:

  • HP 88780/7980- based 9-track tape drives, including Tandem 5170, Tandem 5175, IBM 9348, Sun, Scitex, Sequent, AT&T, NCR;
  • 18-track, 36-track, 128-track, 256-track and 384-track SCSI by Xcerta, Fujitsu, Tandem, IBM, Sequent, Qualstar, Overland Data, JVC, MP Tapes, VDS. (Formats: 3480, 3490, 3490e, 3590, 3590e, 3590h.)
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    The M2483H/HD (rackmount) 18 track drive and the M2485H/HD/H1/HD1 (desktop) 18-track drive are half inch cartridge tape drives with 3480/3490 compatibility, offering leading mainframe technology for data interchange and backup for MS-DOS, Windows, Mac, Unix, IBM AS400, RS6000 and other advanced computer platforms.

    Both 18-track tape drives come with an embedded SCSI-2 interface controller, providing easy system integration. These drives offer a data transfer rate of up to 3.0 megabytes per second. Built at Fujitsu's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the M2483H and M2485H offer superior performance, compatibility and reliability for production-level data interchange and backup.

    Small Size for Easy Installation

    The M2483H has an embedded SCSI-2 interface controller, reducing the subsystem's size to 127 mm high, 217 mm wide and 380 mm deep (5 inches high, 8.5 inches wide and 14.9 inches deep), significantly smaller than most of its counterparts.

    The M2483H's eight-inch form factor allows easy, space-saving integration into industry-standard 19-inch racks. The completely self-contained M2485H has a small footprint of only 222 mm by 650 mm (8.7 inches by 25.6 inches, with automatic cartridge loader), and is well suited for a convenient desktop configuration.

    High Performance And Reliability

    The M2483H and M2485H, with 2 megabyte buffers can attain a continuous stream of data input/output which offers a sustained data transfer rate of 3.0 megabytes per second and a burst rate of 4.0 megabytes per second in the synchronous mode.

    With an automatic cartridge loader, the M2483H and M2485H support both five and ten-cartridge magazines for more than 20 gigabytes of storage capacity per magazine.

    Fujitsu's advanced LSI technology has resulted in a streamlined design and simplified tape path, contributing to their high reliability. In fact, the mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of these drives is more than 30,000 hours, among the highest in its class.

    While we can sell you the tape drive by itself, Comco is best known for our complete tape drive sub-systems, which come with all the software, cables & SCSI controllers you need, for just about every computer under the SUN... from PC to Windows to IBM AS400.

    Available variations of the M2483 and M2485 model "H": m2483h, m2483h1, m2483hd, m2483hd1, m2485h, m2485h1, m2485hd, m2485hd1.


    Model The M2483H/HD (rackmount) and M2485H/HD/H1/HD1 (desktop)
    Data Transfer Rate
    Host Drive/controller
    3.0 Mb/s max. (asynchronous mode)
    4.0 Mb/s max. (synchronous mode)
    3.0 MB/s
    Host Interface SCSI-2 (B/B1-type: Single-ended)
    SCSI-2 (BD/BD1-type: Differential)
    Data buffer capacity 2 MB
    Tape speed 2.0 m/s
    Recording density 37,871 bpi
    Recording capacity *1 600 MB
    Recording method GCR (DD-NRZI 18 tr)
    Number of tracks 18
    IBG length 2.0 mm (0.079 in.)
    Load/unload time 13 sec. (typical)
    Rewind time (typical) 65 sec.
    Options -Automatic cartridge loader *2
    -Flush mount automatic cartridge loader *4
    -Power supply and cable
    -19-inc rack mount unit *5
    EDRC is standard for M2483B/Bd and M2485B/BD/B1/BD1
    1. Standard capacity with EDRC
    2. Automatic cartridge loader standard for M2485H1/HD1
    3. Flush mount auto cartridge loader is available for M2483H/HD
    4. Power supply and cable are standard for M2485H/HD/H1/HD1
    5. 19-inch rackmount unit is optional for M2483H/HD

    Physical Specs:

    Model M2483H/HD M2485H/HD M2485H1/HD1
    Dimensions Height

    127 mm
    (5.0 In.)
    (8.5 in)
    (15.74 in)

    282 mm
    (11.1 in)
    (8.7 in)
    440 mm
    (17.3 in)

    282 mm
    (11.1 in)
    (8.7 in)
    650 mm
    (25.6 In)

    Weight 12 kg
    (26.4 lb. ) Max
    20 kg
    (44.1 lb.) Max
    30 kg
    (66.1 lb.) Max
    Mean time to repair (MTTR) Less than 30 min
    Mean time between failures (MTBF) 30,000 hours 26,000 hours 13,000 hours
    Available variations of the M2483 and M2485 model "H": m2483h, m2483h1, m2483hd, m2483hd1, m2485h, m2485h1, m2485hd, m2485hd1.

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