HP DAT8 (C1599a/c1539a) DDS2

HP C1599A / C1539A DDS2 DAT Drive

Introducing HP’s new trade-ready DDS-2 drive, the HP C1599A. A direct successor to HP C1533A, the HP C1599A offers the same impressive performance and capacity while breaking new ground in terms of reliability and usability.

The HP C1599A is an ideal fit for medium to large businesses looking for reliable backup. It can be used with a wide range of host systems including PC servers, UNIX® servers and workstations, and small multi-user systems.

Unparalleled Reliability

Thanks to HP’s uncompromising attention to quality, the HP C1599A offers an unprecedented MTBF of 300,000 hours. This means maximum protection for your customers’ data, and satisfied customers for you.

TapeAlertTM, a new industry standard developed by HP, greatly improves reliability. It informs the backup application of the state of the drive and media, and indicates any maintenance or media changes required.

The HP C1599A supports HP TapeAlert Certified Solutions, leading applications which have met HP’s high standard of TapeAlert implementation. The HP C1599A also offers an internal cleaning mechanism which prevents head clogging.

Investment Protection

The HP C1599A is fully hardware, firmware and software compatible with the HP C1533A. In addition, it is read and write compatible with DDS format (60 meter and 90 meter) and DDS-2 format (120 meter) media, allowing your customers to interchange data with their existing DDS drives.

Low Power Consumption

The power consumption of only 3.8W reduces heat emission and improves the reliability of the mechanism and any enclosure.

Key Features

  • Typical capacity of 8 GB and transfer rate of 1 MB/s with hardware data compression
  • Industry-standard DDS-2 format
  • 300,000 hours MTBF
  • Internal head cleaner
  • Read after write data verification
  • Complete compatibility with the HP C1533A
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Assured connectivity with leading servers, operating systems and backup software
  • Inexpensive DDS media, for low cost of ownership


Technical Specifications

120 meter tape (DDS-2 format) 4.0 GB native, typically 8.0 GB with data compression
Recording Format ANSI/ISO/ECMA DDS, DDS-DC and DDS-2
Compression Algorithm DCLZ
Transfer Rate
Sustained 510 KB/s native, typically 1 MB/s with data compression
Burst 3MB/s maximum asynchronous, 10MB/s maximum synchronous
Search Speed 40 seconds average file access for any part of a 120 meter tape
Reliability Expected MTBF of 300,000 hours at 12% duty cycle
Media DDS-2 (120 meter) and DDS (90 and 60 meter) Media Recognition System Cartridges
Interface Single-ended, narrow SCSI-2
Form Factor 3.5-inch, half-height
Requirements 5V DC, ±5%,
consumption 3.8W typical when use
Environmental Conditions
Ambient Temperature
Operating 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F) (mechanism and media)
Non-operating -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F) (mechanism)-40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F) (media)
Relative Humidity
Operating 20% to 80% (mechanism and media)
Non-operating 5% to 95% (mechanism)20% to 80%(media)
Maximum Wet-Bulb Temperature 26°C non-condensing
Physical Characteristics
Dimensions (H x W x D) 41.3 mm (1.6 in) x 101.5 mm (4.0 in) x 150 mm (5.9 in)
Weight 695 g (1.53 lbs)
Product Certifications UL Recognition to UL 1950, CSA Certification to C22.2 No 950, IEC 950, TUV-EN 60950, CE Declaration of Conformity

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.