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3590:
Media: 3590J and 3590K
Drives: 3590B, 3590E, and 3590H

Photo: 3590 J
Size: 4.25" W x 4.95" L x 1.0" T
Tape types: 3590 J standard length
3590 K extended length
Notes:
  1. There are three different 3590 drives:
    • 3590B 128 track
    • 3590E 256 track
    • 3590H 384 track
  2. There are two different 3590 tapes:
    • 3590J standard length
    • 3590K extended length
  3. All three drives use the same media.
  4. 3590B is often simply called 3590.
Recording Format 3590 Media Tracks Capacity
Native/Compressed
3590B Standard length (J) 128 10 / 30 GB
3590B Extended length (K) 128 20 / 60 GB
3590E Standard length (J) 256 20 / 60 GB
3590E Extended length (K) 256 40 / 120 GB
3590H Standard length (J) 384 30 / 90 GB
3590H Extended length (K) 384 60 / 180 GB
Notes:
  • The tape drive models are 3590B, 3590E, & 3590H.
  • The two types of media are 3590J & 3590K.
  • All three drive models can use either J or K tapes, except early B models which can only use J tapes.

 
Please note: Although this cartridge looks very similar to a 3480, the tape inside is vastly different and the tapes cannot be read by a 3480 or 3490E drive.   See 3480 media for 3480 and 3490E tapes.
IBM 3590, 3590E tape
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