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Fujitsu M2485B

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Fujitsu M2485B
SKU: 134-04-10000

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Compact, Speedy 3480 Tape Drive

Fujitsu M2485B 18-Track Half-Inch Cartridge Tape Drive


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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 M2483B/BD (rackmount) 18 track drive and the M2485B/BD/B1/BD1 (desktop) 18-track drive are half inch cartridge tape drives with 3480 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 M2483B and M2485B offer superior performance, compatibility and reliability for production-level data interchange and backup.

    Small Size for Easy Installation

    The M2483B 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 M2483B's eight-inch form factor allows easy, space-saving integration into industry-standard 19-inch racks. The completely self-contained M2485B 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 M2483B and M2485B, 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 M2483B and M2485B 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 "B": m2483b, m2483b1, m2483bd, m2483bd1, m2485b, m2485b1, m2485bd, m2485bd1.



    The M2483B/BD (rackmount) and M2485B/BD/B1/BD1 (desktop)


    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


    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-inch rackmount unit *5
    EDRC is standard for M2483B/Bd and M2485B/BD/B1/BD1
    1. Standard capacity with EDRC
    2. Automatic cartridge loader standard for M2485B1/BD1
    3. Flush mount auto cartridge loader is available for M2483B/BD
    4. Power supply and cable are standard for M2485B/BD/B1/BD1
    5. 19-inch rackmount unit is optional for M2483B/BD

    Physical Specifications







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

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

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


    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 "B": m2483b, m2483b1, m2483bd, m2483bd1, m2485b, m2485b1, m2485bd, m2485bd1.

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