A 3480 tape drive is an 18-track cartridge tape device which does not have the data compression feature.
A 3490 tape drive is an 18-track cartridge unit which has the data compression feature installed (with a few 36 track exceptions). A 3490E tape drive is a true 36-track cartridge unit. These tape drives actually write in 18-track mode down the entire length of a tape and then reverse to write again on a 2nd set of 18-tracks. This explains why rewind times can be very good for a full 36-track tape — it’s actually back at the physical load point even though it’s at the logical End-of- Tape (EOT).
If you have 3490 or 3480 tape that you are replacing or want to dispose of, please contact us today! We can give you cash for your obsolete and used tape!
Use this chart to see what types of 3480/90 tapes we purchase regularly. Due to market environment our list may occasionally change so if you do not see your media here feel free to submit your list for a quote
|Part Number||Manufacturer||Description||We Purchase|
|4780527||IBM||3480/3490e Tape Cleaning Cartridge||New ONLY|
|43112||IMATION||3480/3490e Tape Cleaning Cartridge||New ONLY|