1/2" Tape Cartridges

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IBM data and cleaning cartridges are available for the IBM 3480, 3570, 3590, 3590E, and 3592 tape drives.

1/2" data cartridges may include standard blank data cartridges, label-only data cartridges, and data cartridges with labeling, initialization, and optional scaling.


3592 Tape Cartridge

IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridges 3592 are designed to work with the first-generation IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 Model J1A (3592 J1A tape drive) and the second-generation IBM System Storage™ TS1120 Tape Drive (TS1120 Tape Drive). Cartridges are available in two lengths and in either re-writeable or Write Once, Read Many (WORM) formats. The short length 3592 JJ/JR cartridges provide rapid access to data and the standard length 3592 JA/JW cartridges provide high capacity.

Capacity (native) 60GB or 300GB1 60GB or 300GB WORM1
Capacity (compressed) 180GB or 900GB1 180GB or 900GB WORM1



3590 and 3590E tape cartridges

IBM 3590 Extended High-Performance Cartridge Tape continues the IBM focus on tape technology by doubling the length and providing twice the capacity of IBM 3590 High-Performance Cartridge Tape. These tape products increase the data storage capacity of half-inch cartridge tape. In addition, both types of cartridges can reside in the same physical space as IBM 3490 cartridges; they can also coexist in an IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Library 3494.

Capacity (native) 3590 - 10/20/30GB 3590E - 20/40/60GB
Capacity (compressed) 3590 - 30/60/90GB 3590E - 60/120/180GB



3570 Tape Cartridges & Magazines

IBM Magstar™ MP Fast Access Linear Tape cartridges are the functional heart of the IBM Magstar MP Tape subsystem. Designed for use in midrange and server-based multi-user environments, Magstar MP Tape offers much faster data access times while improving cartridge handling reliability and data integrity over traditional tape technologies.

Capacity (native) 5GB
Capacity (compressed) 15GB



3490E tape cartridges

The IBM Enhanced Capacity Cartridge System Tape continues the IBM tradition of innovative tape technology by doubling the capacity of the Cartridge System Tape. When used with the IBM 3490 Magnetic Tape Subsystem and other compatible models, this cartridge can increase the capacity—depending on data characteristics —by an average of 12 times when compared to uncompacted, original 3480 tape cartridges.

Capacity (native) 800MB
Capacity (compressed) 2.4GB



3480 tape cartridges

The IBM Enhanced Capacity Cartridge System Tape continues the IBM tradition of innovative tape technology by doubling the capacity of the Cartridge System Tape.

Capacity (native) 200MB

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