HP DAT40i Internal DDS4 DAT Drive

HP DAT40i Internal DDS Tape Drive

The HP StorageWorks DAT 40 Tape Drive is an entry level, dependable solution for small to medium server storage backup needs as well as enterprise networks.

With its economical price, the DAT 40 Tape Drive provides outstanding value to customers in a wide range of organizations and networks. It is part of a long line of DDS products continuing to offer excellent solutions for storing data.


The DAT 40 can store up to 40 GB of compressed information at an enhanced rate of 6 MB/sec making it the ideal product for storageaware companies.


With its low price the DAT 40 offers a low cost of ownership. It has backwards compatibility with previous DDS technologies, making it a costeffective solution to businesses protecting their previous investment.


Additionally, the DAT 40 comes with the unique HP One Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR). It provides the ability to restore their systems quickly and effortlessly with the touch of a single button, eliminating the need for backup disks and software.


Other features
include the TapeAlert for monitoring the tape drive and media and, the HP StorageWorks Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) for troubleshooting. It is compatible with other leading operating systems, servers, and backup software.


What’s new

  • New “HP StorageWorks” branding
  • New tape drive model number for
    HP ProLiant and HP AlphaServer systems
    Key features and benefits
  • Low price: Provides backup solution for
    value conscious customers
  • Effortless: Supports HP One-Button Disaster Recovery
    for fast, easy recovery from system crashes
  • Dependable: Mean time between failure (MTBF) of
    DAT 40: 400,000 hours at 12% duty cycle; also
    provided is a 3-year warranty
  • Scalable: Reads and writes DDS-2 and DDS-3 media,
    providing a painless upgrade path
  • Manageable: TapeAlert monitors both drive and
    media to warn of any problems; Library and Tape
    Tools is available for diagnostics and for firmware
  • Compatible: “Plug-and-play” functionality with
    servers, operating systems and backup software
  • Adaptable: Available in internal, external,
    tape array and hot-plug models; also supported
    on the 3U rackmount kit

Product features

Feature Description
Drive type 4 mm cartridge tape, DAT 20/40 format
  • Native – 20GB
  • Compressed – 40GB (assuming 2:1 ratio, data dependant)
Tape format
  • Recording Method – Helical Scan, 4 mm
  • Recording Format – ANSI/ISO/ECMA, DDS-2, DDS-3, and DDS-4
Media compatibility Read/Write Compatible:

  • DDS-2 – 120 m Tape, 4.0GB native capacity, 8.0GB with 2:1 data compression
  • DDS-3 – 125 m Tape, 12GB native capacity, 24GB with 2:1 data compression
  • DDS-4 – 150 m Tape, 20 GB native capacity, 40GB with 2:1 data compression

Recommended: DDS-4 – 150 m Tape, 20GB native capacity, 40GB with 2:1 data compression

Transfer Rates
  • Native (typical) – 10.8 GB/hr
  • 2:1 Compression (typical) – 21.6 GB/hr
Sustained Transfer Rate
  • Native – 3.0 MB/s
  • Compressed (assuming 2:1) – 6.0 MB/s
Internal buffer 4MB (SDRAM)
Search speed Average of 50 seconds to any point on a DDS-4, 150 m tape
Load time <15 seconds
Interface Ultra-Wide LVD/SE SCSI-2
Drives per SCSI Bus (Maximum) 6
Termination No terminator is required for internal model (assumes use of terminated cable). The external model requires termination (terminator included).
Supported servers1
  • HP ProLiant DL servers
  • HP ProLiant ML servers
  • HP AlphaServers
  • HP 9000 servers
Supported SCSI HBAs1 Call SQS for information on currently supported HBAs .
Supported operating systems1
  • MS Windows Server 2003, and XP Pro /32 Bit edition
  • MS Windows Server 2003, and XP Pro /64 Bit edition
  • MS Windows 2000 Server/Professional
  • MS Windows NT 4.0 Server/Workstation
  • HP-UX 11i ver 1.0 (PARISC)
  • HP-UX 11i ver 1.6/2.0 (IA64)
  • MPE/ix 7.x
  • Novell NetWare 6.0
  • Novell NetWare 5.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 64Bit
  • SUSE SLES 8.0 (United Linux V1.0 32bit)
  • Solaris x86
  • Sun Solaris 9
  • SGI IRIX 6.5+
  • Sco Openserver 5.0.7 (Caldera)
  • IBM AIX 5.x
  • TRU 64 5.1b
  • Macintosh System 7.0+
Supported software1
  • BrightStor ARCServe v9.0.1
  • BrightStor ARCServe IT v6.6
  • BrightStor ARCServe Open v2.2
  • BrightStor Enterprise Backup
  • Dantz Retrospect v6.5
  • HP OpenView OmniBack II v4.0 Cell Manager
  • HP Omniback ll v3.5 Cell Manager
  • HP OpenView Storage Data Protector v5.1 (32Bit & 64bit)
  • Legato NetWorker v5.1, 5.5, 7.0
  • Microlite BackupEDGE v1.1.6
  • NovaNet v8.5
  • Quadratec Time Navigator v3.7
  • SyncSort Backup Express v2.15c+
  • Tivoli TSM v5.2.0
  • UltraBac 7.0
  • VERITAS Backup Exec 9.0 revision 4454 or later.
  • VERITAS NetBackup v3.2, 4.5
  • Yosemite Technologies TapeWare 7.0

Chris Whitehead

Chris Whitehead is a tape drive repair and data storage expert based in Reading, Berkshire, providing tape drive repair and data storage solutions across the UK.