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IBM 3490-F11

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IBM 3490-F11
SKU: 134-04-20375

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Economical, Reliable 3490e Tape Drive

Refurbished IBM 3490E Model F11 36-Track 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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    IBM's 3490E Model F Tape Subsystems offer full function 3490E tape performance and compatibility at an economical price.


    • Read/Write 36-track tape, read 18-track.
    • 10 cartridge Automatic Cartridge Facility (ACF) providing up to 24GB of unattended storage with 3:1 compression.
    • ESCON attachment with optional controller feature on the 3490 FC0.
    • The IBM 3490E Model F11 is intended for use in backup, archiving files, off-site data storage for disaster recovery and data exchange with other systems.
    • The IBM 3490E Model F11 is rack-mountable. Up to four 3490E Model F11s can be installed in the 3490E Model FC0 Rack. An optional control unit is available on the FC0 rack which allows the F11 drive to be attached to ESCON systems.
    • The ten cartridge autoloader on the IBM 3490E Model F11 automatically loads and unloads cartridges as they are filled, improving efficiency by reducing operator handling.

    Reliable and Efficient

    The IBM 3490-F11 is designed to provide outstanding tape subsystem performance, high cartridge capacity, high reliability, and operational efficiency while allowing for remote tape operations.

    High Capacity

    Using a 36-track head while reading or writing 18 tracks bi-directionally, the 3490E-F11 doubles the capacity of a base IBM Cartridge System Tape and virtually eliminates rewind time for a full cartridge.

    The F11 Model comes standard with a 10-cartridge auto loader.

    Speedy Data Transfer

    Using the Improved Data Recording Capability (IDRC) and a SCSI interface, effective data throughput can be as high as 6.8 MB/sec. The SCSI-2 attachment gives users the potential for higher effective throughput than what is currently provided by parallel channel attachment.

    Enhanced Reliability

    Major design enhancements for the 3490E F Models improve mechanical and data reliability. Tape path enhancements, advanced electronic packaging and circuit technology, along with enhanced control unit error recovery procedures, help make the 3490E F Models extremely reliable tape subsystems for the S/390, SP, AS/400, and RS/6000.



    Models F00 F01 F11
    Model type Table-top Stand-alone Rack-mount
    IDRC Standard Standard Standard
    Ten cartridges NA Standard Standard
    SCSI-2 differential interface Standard Standard Standard
    ESCON   attachment F00 F01 F11
    Drive data rate (uncompacted) NA NA NA
    Maximum throughput (compacted) F00 F01 F11

    Cartridge Capacity

    Per Cartridge Up to 0.8GB Up to 0.8GB Up to 0.8GB
    Per Cartridge (compacted) Up to 2.4 GB Up to 2.4GB x 10 cartridges Up to 2.4GB x 10 cartridges
    Total Capacity (compacted) Up to 2.4 GB Up to 24.0 GB Up to 24.0 GB

    Physical Characteristics

    Width 22.2cm (8.75 in.) 17.7cm (7.0 in.) 43.2cm (17.0 in.
    Height 25.9cm (10.2 in. 48.6cm (19.1 in.) 17.1cm (6.8 in.)
    Depth 43.2cm (17.0 in.) 61.2cm (24.1 in.) 61.1cm (24.0 in.)
    Weight 15.8 kg (34.8 lbs.) 29.5 kg (65.0 lbs.) 27.2 kg (60.0 lbs.)

    Operating Environment

    Temperature 16.0 to 32.0 C (60.8 to 85.0 F)
    Relative Humidity 15% to 80%
    Electrical voltage 85 to 295 volts at 47 to 63 Hz
    Electrical power 150 watts (nominal)
    Noise level Less than 50 dB

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