Quantum DLT 8000

Quantum DLT8000 Tape Drive

The Quantum DLT 8000 tape drive system advances the standard in tape backup with improvements to capacity, performance, and cost of ownership while maintaining compatibility with a worldwide installed base of more than one million DLTtape™ drives.

Robust, Reliable, Proven Tape Backup, The Industry Standard


  • Sustained Transfer Rate (MB/sec) Native 6 Compressed (up to) 121
  • Burst Transfer Rate (MB/sec) Synchronous 20 Asynchronous 12
  • Formatted Capacity (GB) Native 40 Compressed 80
  • Average File Access Time (sec) 60
  • Interface SCSI–2 Fast/Wide (SE/LVD or HVD)
The Quantum DLT 8000 tape drive will decrease your data backup time, give you the flexibility to scale to a wide range of backup applications, and protect your investment in previous generations of DLTtape technology.

Through a number of design and technological innovations, the Quantum DLT 8000 tape drive delivers higher performance, greater capacity, increased reliability, and more functionality at a better price. For example, the Quantum DLT 8000 provides a native storage capacity of 40 gigabytes (GB) and a native transfer rate of 6 megabytes per second (MB/sec).

This represents a 15 percent higher capacity and 20 percent faster throughput than the Quantum DLT 7000 tape drive To ensure superior accuracy, the Quantum DLT 8000 recording head boasts an average life of 50,000 hours.

In fact, the Quantum DLT 8000 tape drive is rated at 250,000 hours MTBF at 100 percent duty cycle, which is 25 percent greater than the pervious DLTtape products. The Quantum DLTtape system is also economical and incredibly reliable, with a shelf life of 30 years and a working life of one million passes.

By offering a high level of performance at an exceptional price, the Quantum DLT 8000 makes tape backup practical and affordable for a wide range of applications, including midrange computers, network servers, high-end workstations, and mainframe environments running UNIX, NetWare, Microsoft Windows NT, LINUX, or proprietary operating systems.


Interface SCSI-2 Fast /Wide (SE/LVD or HVD)
Recording Format 208 Track Serial Serpentine
Data Compression DLZ
MTBF 250,000 hours at 100% duty cycle
Warranty (years) 3
Dimensions inches (mm) 6.88 (174), 12.8 (325.1), 6.48 (164.6)
Weight pounds (kg) 14 (6.35)
Temperature oF (oC) 50 to 104 (10 to 40)
Humidity (%) 20 to 80
Voltage +5V, +12V
Power Consumption (typical) 28 Watts


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.