T9840B Tape Drive – 20GB, 70MB/s (Fibre, ESCON)

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StorageTek T9840B

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Manufacturer: StorageTek
Part #: StorageTek T9840B
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Warranty: 90 Days

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T9840B Tape Drive – 20GB, 70MB/s (Fibre, ESCON)

The StorageTek T9840B Tape Ddrive has virtually no speed limit. It is the first tape drive with a native 2 Gb Fibre Channel (FC) interface and the ability to attach directly to leading-edge 2 Gb host bus adapters (HBAs) – all without having to buy a separate interface or sacrifice backward compatibility with 1 Gb FC. This is how you slash backup times in half or transfer twice as much data per second. And as for fast data access, the T9840B tape drive’s mid-point load technology ensures access rates averaging just twelve seconds.

Extending the well-documented reliability of StorageTek tape drives, the T9840B FC tape drive’s dual “IN” ports allow you to attach to two HBAs for standby redundancy. Backward and forward compatibility and StorageTek’s advanced Adaptive Media Technology (AMT) enable you to easily mix media and drives within libraries to improve control, balance performance, save space, reduce costs and better manage information.

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Capacity, native 20 GB
Performance, native (uncompressed)
(compressed, maximum)
19 MB/sec
70 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 2 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel
Ultra-SCSI HVD (40 MB/sec)
ESCON 20 MB/sec (maximum)
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


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  • 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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