Tape Drive - Tape Storage

Tape Storage types

Tape Storage

Media preservation has come a long way, and the methods of storing data over the years are ever-changing. However, one method had stood out since its invention in 1949; and that's tape storage. If you are looking for durability, low cost, longevity, energy efficiency, density, and scalability, then investing in tape storage is a smart move. Thanks to our vast collection of tape drive storage devices, you are all covered when this is what you need. Depending on your budget and storage needs, you can choose from categories including LTO - 5 Lib Expansion, LTO - 5 Rack Mount, LTO - 5 Library, LTO - 6 Library, LTO - 6 Rack Mount, LTO - 6 Lib Expansion, LTO - 6 Internal, LTO - 6 External, LTO - 6 Auto Loader, Magstar Internal, SDLT 220 External, SDLT 220 Internal, SDLT 320 External, SDLT 320 Loader, SDLT 320 Internal, SDLT 600 External, SDLT 600 Internal, SDLT 600 Loader, Storageworks Internal, Storageworks Library, Travan 10-20GB Internal, and Travan 20-40GB Internal. Tape drives present an excellent means to write data to storage and hold onto data for a couple of decades. They make an ideal medium for long-term storage and backups.

What is Tape Storage?

A tape drive is a storage device designed to store data on magnetic tape. It is primarily used for backup and archiving purposes. It functions like a tape recorder in recording data on a loop of a flexible celluloid-like medium that is readable and erasable. Tape drives operate in two ways. The first uses a linear tape technology where the heads never touch the tape or a regular helical scan where the playback and recording heads touch the tape.

Choosing a Tape Drive; Buying Guide

There are countless tape drives available on the market today; these few considerations will keep you on track when choosing one.

Transfer rate

You'd want to go for a tape drive with the ability to complete a tape backup within your window of possibility. For instance, back up 400GB will call for a transfer rate of approximately 30GB/hour.

Reliability

Tape drive manufacturers are always known to specify the drive's Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF). Check this vital information to measure the reliability of the drive. A typical example is the Travan tape drive with an MTBF of 370,000 hours at a 20% duty cycle, and running the drive longer will reduce its reliability. Depending on your needs, you can tell if this tape drive is the best or not.

Affordability

A tape drive should have the capacity to store your backups, and well come at the right price. The price of the drive is a function of capacity and performance. There are continuous modifications in tape capacity; the largest capacity is always a high price. However, it would help if you considered how much value-for-money the tape drive will give you. Depending on your budget and needs, you may prefer capacity over performance and vice versa.

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IBM 46X6683 800/1600GB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 4 Internal
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46X6683 IBM 800/1600GB LTO Ultrium-4 SAS HH Internal Tape Drive. Refurbished.

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IBM 46X7402 800/1600GB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 4 Lib Expansion
$600.26

46X7402 IBM 800/1600GB LTO-4 HH SAS Tape Drive | Refurbished

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IBM 46X9553 1.5TB/3TB Tape Drive Tape Media 1.5TB-3.0TB LTO Ultr 5
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46X9553 IBM 1.5TB/3TB Ultrium LTO-5 FC HH Loader Module TL2000/4000 Tape Drive. Refurbished.

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IBM 46Y0007 400/800GB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 3 Internal
$580.46

46Y0007 IBM 400/800GB LTO-3 SAS HH Internal Tape Drive | Refurbished

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Dell 47C98 1.5TB/3TB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 5 Lib Expansion
$835.00

47C98 Dell 1.5TB/3TB LTO-5 FC HH Tape Drive. Refurbished.

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Dell 48M9R 800/1600GB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 4 Internal
$305.88

48M9R Dell 800/1600GB LTO-4 SAS Internal Tape Drive | Refurbished

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IBM 49Y9898 1.5TB/3TB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 5 Internal
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49Y9898 1.5TB/3TB (Terabytes) Half Height (HH) Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium-5 Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) Internal Tape Drive | Made by IBM | New Bulk Pack

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IBM 49Y9898 1.5TB/3TB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 5 Internal
$908.76

49Y9898 1.5TB/3TB (Terabytes) Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium-5 Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) Half Height (HH) Internal Tape Drive | Made by IBM | Refurbished

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IBM 49Y9902 1.5TB/3TB Tape Drive Tape Storage LTO - 5 Internal
$850.45

49Y9902 IBM 1.5TB/3TB LTO Ultrium-5 SAS HH Internal Tape Drive | Refurbished

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IBM 4T27A10727 LTO-8 Tape Drive
$2767.00

4T27A10727 12 Terabytes (TB) / 30 Terabytes (TB) LTO-8 Ultrium HH Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) Internal Tape Drive | Made by IBM | Refurbished

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