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Xcerta 36

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Xcerta 36
SKU: 134-04-11650

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Xcerta 36: Read / Write 3480, 3490, 3490e Tapes Easily

Lightning Fast Data Transfer Between PCs, Open Systems, Mainframes


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.


    Exchange data on 18 and 36 track tapes at up to 9MB/sec, quietly. That's Xcerta 36 in action.

    Futuristic fourth generation design made Xcerta 36 smaller, lighter, quieter and more reliable than other tape drives... while boosting performance.

    Xcerta 36 includes an 18 month depot warranty. On-site service is available. (Insider's Note: This drive is a favorite, because it's quick, reliable and quiet!)

    3480/3490/3490e Tape Drive Options

    The Lockable 10 Tape Autoloader Option boosts storage potential to 24GB while allowing random access to any cartridge.

    Xcerta 36 drive can be configured for almost any SCSI system, including Open Systems, PCs, IBM AS/400, IBM RS/6000, etc. Complete Xcerta 3480 / 3490 / 3490e tape drive sub-systems often include software.

    Specify table top enclosure or rackmount.


    • Direct attachment to IBM AS/400 and RS/6000
    • Attach to open systems, PC, Workstations or Networks
    • Standalone drive or 10 tape autoloader option
    • Storage capacity up to 24GB with 10 cartridge autoloader
    • Autoloader version is lockable for security
    • Random access to any cartridge in autoloader
    • Table top (standard) or rack mount option
    • 18 month return-to-factory warranty (on-site option)



    18/36-track: 3480/3490/3490E
    Capacity: 200 MB (3480); 600 MB (3490); 800 MB (3490e); 2.4GB  (3490e compressed)
    Transfer rates: 3 MB/sec to 4.5 MB/sec (compressed)

    Tape Speed

    Read/Write: 18 Track, 36 Track: 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 / 3490E-EXX
    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
    AutoLoader: 10 cartridge removable magazine; random access to any cartridge; 3490e Storage Capacity: 8GB (24GB compressed)

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