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IBM 3590-H1A

IBM 3590-H1A
SKU: 134-04-20475

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Above: Single cartridge IBM 3590-H1A with optional desktop 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.

Highest-Capacity 3590

Refurbished IBM 3590-H1A 384-Track Tape Drive


  • A single cartridge replaces seventy-five 3490E tapes, six 3590B tapes, or 1.5 3590E cartridges.
  • Reads 3590B, 3590E and 3590H tapes, preserving earlier investments; Writes only 3590H tapes.
  • Enterprise storage reliability exceeds all SDLT, LTO and 3490E based storage products.
  • Multiple attachment options, including Fibre Channel, Ultra SCSI, ESCON, and FICON.

Transfer Data Faster

The 3590-H1A Tape Drive supports a sustained data transfer rate of 34 MB/sec (at 3:1 compression) using Ultra SCSI. The transfer rate doubles with Fibre Channel: Up to 70 MB/sec sustained data rate (with 256 KB blocksize and high compression). Native transfer rates are the same as the 3590 E models.

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-H1A can speed up system recovery. Improved tape efficiency also enables the growth of new applications across the enterprise.

Store Up to 180GB Per Tape

A 3590H can store 60GB of uncompressed data on one 3590 Extended High Performance cartridge. At 3:1 compression, capacity doubles to 180GB.

Choose The Best Connection for You

System SCSI Fibre Channel
IBM iSeries AS/400 X X
IBM pSeries RS/6000 X X
Hewlett Packard X X
Linux on Intel/AMD X X
Microsoft Windows X X
Sun X X

Make Fewer Mistakes

The 3590 Tape Drive is designed for much 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'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.

Step Up to 3590H

Need to dump your old 36-track, 3590B and 3590E tape drives to make room for your Comco 3590Hs? We'll give you a fair trade and arrange to pick them up, too.



3590-H1A Bare Drive with enclosed power supply or Desktop Case (optional)


LZ1 compression Standard
Recording technique Interleaved serpentine longitudinal
Number of tracks 384 tracks
Interface options SCSI, Fibre Channel, ESCON, and FICON


Uncompacted data rate 14 MB/sec
High-speed search speed 5 meters/sec
Max cartridge capacity (native) 60 GB
Max cartridge capacity (with LZ1 compression) 180 GB*
Total capacity with optional Auto Cartridge Loader (ACL) 1.8 TB*


3590-H1A 6 EIA units: 10.5" H x 8.8" W x 29.2" D (262 mm x 221 mm x 750 mm)


3590-H1A 66 lbs (30.0 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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