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Xcerta 18

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Xcerta 18
SKU: 134-04-11575

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Xcerta 18: Sleek 3480 / 3490 Tape Drive

Get Faster, Quieter Data Exchange Between PCs, Mainframes, Open Systems


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.


    Advanced, fourth generation engineering. That's why Xcerta 18 is smaller, lighter, quieter and more reliable than other tape drives... without skimping on performance.

    It transfers data on IBM 3480 (200MB) / 3490 (600MB) tapes at up to 4.5MB/sec.

    Xcerta 18 includes an 18 month depot warranty. On-site service is available. (Insider's Note: Our data technicians love this drive, because it's fast, reliable and almost silent!)

    3480/3490 Tape Drive Options

    The Lockable 10 Tape Autoloader Option boosts storage to 6GB while allowing random access to any cartridge.

    Xcerta 18 can be configured for almost any SCSI system, including Open Systems, PCs, IBM AS/400, IBM RS/6000, etc. Full 3480 / 3490 tape drive sub-systems often include software.

    Specify table top enclosure or rackmount.



    18-track: 3480/3490
    Capacity: 200 MB to 600MB (with compression)
    Transfer rate: 3 MB/sec to 4.5 MB/sec (with compression)

    Tape Speed

    Read/Write: 2 m/s (79 ips)
    Rewind: 4 m/s (157 ips); max. 56 sec.; avg. 28 sec.

    Tape Access

    Cartridge load/thread: 4 sec. (or unthread and unload from BOT)
    Access time: 350 milliseconds


    Data buffer: 2 MB (4 MB optional)

    Emulation and Interface

    Emulation: IBM 7208-012
    Interface: SCSI fast/wide (single-ended or differential)
    Burst rate: 20 MB/sec

    Attachments (specify one if required)

    AS/400: 2420/2621/6501
    RS/6000: 2416/2420

    Physical Specifications (Size)

    Desktop: 11" Width x 14.8" Depth x 6.9" Height (279 mm x 376 mm x 175 mm)
    W/Autoloader: 8.6" Width x 25.5" Depth x 16.4" Height (219 mm x 647 mm x 416 mm)

    Physical Specifications (Weight)

    Desktop: 23 lbs. (10.5 kg)
    W/Autoloader: 56 lbs. (25.6 kg)

    Power Requirements

    Desktop: 90 to 260 VAC 80 watts
    W/Autoloader: 90 to 260 VAC 110 watts


    MTBF: >100,000 hours
    MTTR: 30 minutes
    Head life: 3,000 hours (tape motion)


    Rack Mount: Replacing desk top
    Cartridge loader: 10 cartridges; removable magazine; random access to any cartridge; Storage capacity: 2GB (6GB compressed)

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