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IBM 3590-E11

IBM 3590-E11
SKU: 134-04-20250

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Above: IBM 3590-E11 with 10-cartridge autoloader & optional deskside enclosure.
[Base IBM 3590.]
Base IBM 3590.
[Feature DTE: IBM 3590 with rugged steel desktop enclosure.]
Feature DTE: IBM 3590 with rugged steel desktop enclosure.
[Feature DTC: IBM 3590 with economical desktop cover.]
Feature DTC: IBM 3590 with economical desktop cover.

Quick, High-Capacity Data Transfer

Refurbished IBM 3590-E11 256-Track Tape Drive

The 3590-E11 is a rack-mounted tape drive with an Automatic Cartridge Facility (ACF). The 10 cartridge ACF allows the drive to be used as a mini-library with access up to 1.2TB of data.


  • Multiple attachment options, including Fibre Channel, Ultra SCSI, ESCON, and FICON.
  • Large capacity cartridges reduce the number of cartridges required and tape mounts.
  • 10-cartridge random-access library with magazine for quicker loading and unattended operation.
  • Significant improvement in reliability.
  • Available as stand-alone or rack-mount.
  • Small footprint reduces floor space required.

Transfer Data Faster

The 3590-E11 Tape Drive has a 14 MB/second native data rate (with compression up to 40 MB/second sustained data rate with Fibre Channel).

Process More Tapes

Process more tape applications and run tape-related workloads more quickly. In the event of loss or damage to files on disk storage, the performance of the 3590-E11 can speed up system recovery. Improved tape efficiency also enables the growth of new applications across the enterprise.

Up to 40GB Per Tape

The 3590-E11's cartridges have an uncompressed data capacity of 20 GB or 40 GB. The capacity of the 3590-E11 is further increased by the addition of the Automatic Cartridge Facility (ACF), which allows an operator to mount ten cartridges at a time via a magazine.

The E11 uses a 4th generation magneto-resistive (MR) head, giving the drive the ability to write 256 tracks. This effectively doubles the amount of data that can be stored on a cartridge tape over the 3590-B11.

Make Fewer Mistakes

The 3590-E11 Tape Drive is designed for even higher reliability than 3490E tape drives. The 3590 incorporates many features to improve its reliability such as an improved Error Correction Code (ECC) and servo tracks written on each tape cartridge to ensure accurate reading and writing. Media has also been designed to improve the reliability and archive life. In addition, each 3590 contains resident advanced diagnostics that monitor the operation of the drive and aid in fast resolution should a problem occur.

Reduce Downtime

Reliability is especially important for unattended system backup. The 3590-E11's advanced identification of potential drive or media problems enables operators to avoid critical outages when they can least afford them. When problems do occur, better diagnostics make for quicker resolution.

Process Tapes Unattended

The ACF has been expanded to accommodate up to 10 cartridges in a convenient magazine. An extra 11th position is also available for insertion of specific mounts if required. The ACF provides a cost-effective method of providing unattended operations for midrange or intermediate customers.



Model 3590-E11 Bare Drive with enclosed power supply or Deskside Enclosure (optional)


LZ1 compression Standard
Recording technique Interleaved serpentine longitudinal
Number of tracks 256 tracks
10-cartridge magazine Standard in E11
SCSI-II differential interface Standard


Uncompacted data rate 14 MB/sec
High-speed search speed 5 meters/sec
Cartridge capacity 20 GB
Cartridge capacity (with LZ1 compression) Up to 60 GB*
Total capacity with optional Auto Cartridge Loader (ACL) Up to 600 GB*


3590-E1A 6 EIA units: 10.5" H x 8.8" W x 29.2" D (262 mm x 221 mm x 750 mm)
3590-E11 12 EIA units: 20.6" H x 9.2" W x 39.0" D(522 mm x 230 mm x 988 mm)


3590E1A 66 lbs (30.0 kg)
3590E11 103 lbs (46.7 kg)

Operating Environment

Temperature (powered on) 50 F to 109 F (10 C to 43 C)
Temperature (media in use) 60 F to 90 F (16 C to 32 C)
Relative humidity 8% to 80%
Wet bulb 78 F (25 C) maximum
Heat output 770 BTU/hr
Power requirements 0.225 kVA
*Depending on data content


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.)
  • Don't wait till trouble finds you. Call 800-432-8638/563-355-1212 today.


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