IBM Magstar 3590 (1995 – )

IBM Magstar 3590 is the name of of the series of tape backup drives and their media, introduced by IBM in 1995.

Magstar 3590 media consists of a cartridge with a single reel of ½ inch magnetic tape that can store up to 60 GB of data on 634 m of metal particle tape on the Extended High-Performance cartridge (the High-Performance cartridge can store up to 30 GB on 320 m of tape). It replaced the IBM 3480 tape family.

Because of their speed, reliability, durability and low media cost, the Magstar 3590 tape drives are still in high demand.

Sources / Resources

IBM 3590 page on Wikipedia

Magstar page on ’50 Years of Storage Innovation’