Magstar(redirected from 18-track)
MagstarA high-performance half-inch magnetic tape technology from IBM. Designated 3590 and enhancing the 3480 line, Magstar provides ESCON and SCSI connectivity to IBM mainframes and midrange systems. Tape libraries are available that hold from a handful to thousands of cartridges.
In 1984, the 3480 was a breakthrough magnetic tape technology, providing more storage in a 4x5x1" cartridge than in 10.5" reels, the common tape housing at that time. In addition, the drives took up half the floor space. In 1995, the new 3590 line was branded Magstar. See Magstar MP, half-inch tape and magnetic tape.
# of Tape RawType Year Tracks Length Capacity3590 Magstar 3590H 2002 284 320 m 30GB 3590E 1998 256 300 m 20GB 3590B 1995 128 300 m 10GB 34xx 3490E 1991 36 300 m 800MB 3490 1989 18 160 m 400MB 3480 1984 18 160 m 200MB
|Magstar and Magstar MP are different. Magstar uses a half-inch, single-hub cartridge, while Magstar MP uses an 8mm cassette-style cartridge that starts mid-tape for faster retrieval. Both use linear recording. See Magstar MP.|
|L490E Tape Library|
|This earlier tape library from Overland Data reads and writes 3490 cartridges. Overland Data's tape drives were the first to support multiple cartridge formats. (Image courtesy of Overland Data Inc.)|