T9840A Tape Drive – 20GB, 35MB/s (Fibre, SCSI)

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StorageTek T9840A

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Manufacturer: StorageTek
Part #: StorageTek T9840A
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Warranty: 90 Days

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T9840A Tape Drive – 20GB, 35MB/s (Fibre, SCSI)

The StorageTek T9840A Tape Drive will keep your business running smoothly by maximizing cartridge utilization and by minimizing handling. Each T9840A cartridge allows you to store 20 gigabytes (native), which with compression typically means between 40 and 80 gigabytes or more. This translates to fewer loads and unloads. In automated environments, you can free up storage slots for new applications or move more manual tapes under library control.

Enable web-based and other direct inquiries around the clock. StorageTek’s T9840A “access-centric” tape drive moves data at 10 megabytes (native) per second. Mid-point load improves average search time to just eight seconds, so access to your data—and answer—is never far away. Enterprise-class reliability is combined with versatile connectivity options —SCSI, ESCON, native Fibre Channel— so that the T9840A can support all your favorite applications and platforms and keep overall storage management operations simple.

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Capacity, native 20 GB
Performance, native (uncompressed)
(compressed, maximum)
10 MB/sec
35 MB/sec
Tape load and thread to ready 4 sec (formatted)
Average file access time (first file) 8 sec
Average file access time (subsequent file) 11 sec
Maximum/average rewind time 16/8 sec
Unload time 4 sec
Recording format Linear serpentine
Number of channels 16
Mean time between failures (MTBF)
Power on 290,000 hr @ 100% duty cycle
Tape load 240,000 hr @ 10 loads/day (100,000 loads)
Tape path motion (TPM) 216,000 hr @ 70% duty cycle
Head life 8.5 yr @ 70% TPM duty cycle
Uncorrected bit error rate 1×10-18
Undetected bit error rate 1×10-33
Interface 1 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel
Ultra-SCSI HVD (40 MB/sec)
Read/write compatibility interface Proprietary format
Emulation modes Native, 3490E, 3590
Form factor 5.25 in (full height)
Operating +59° F to +90° F (+15° C to +32° C)
Non-operating +50° F to +104° F (+10° C to +40° C)
Operating 20% to 80%
Non-operating 10% to 95%
Voltage 100-240 VAC @ 50-60 Hz
Power consumption/dissipation 101 VA/345 BTU/hr


All Spectra provided Hitachi Storage Devices are put through a rigorous refurbishment, reconditioning and testing process.

We guarantee our products to be:

  • Original equipment manufactured and serial numbered numbered by StorageTek
  • Configured to exact user specifications
  • Fully refurbished to manufacturers standards of new [ETN]
  • All hard drives are 72 hour burn in/Load Tested
  • Complete with manufacturers ship group
  • Provided with 90 day warranty
  • Shipped in a timely manner

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