Effective March 29, 2011 IBM withdrew IBM DDS Generation 5 SATA/USB Tape Drive from marketing. These products may be obtained on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners, resellers, or distributors. For more information about this announcement, please see the US Announcement letter.
Leveraging the latest in DDS technology, IBM's DDS Generation 5 Tape Drive delivers one of the most competitive total cost of ownership (TCO) stories in its class. Accounting for 80% of all entry-level tape drive shipments, DDS is a popular choice for tape backup and archive in the small to medium-sized business segment.
Form Factor: 3.5" & 5.25" Half-Height Internal Drive
Capacity: 36 GB (72 GB compressed) capacity
Performance: 3.5 MB/s (7 MB/s compressed) transfer rate
Backward Compatibility: Read/Write compatible with DDS-4 and DDS-3
TapeShield technology: Basis for the highest reliability among DDS drives. This technology incorporates 3 individual design elements: a sealed chamber for the head-to-tape interface, a sapphire media-cleaning blade and a continuous-contact capstan cleaning pad. These design features unite to dramatically reduce airborne and media contaminants that can gather along the tape path.
SmartShield technology: Unique feature that enhances data recovery from DDS-3, DDS-4 and DDS Gen 5 tapes This technology is a unique combination of hardware and firmware that allows the drive to read media that may have been over-used or written to in a marginal data track alignment.
Part number: 43W8480