Quantum DLT2000XT

Quantum DLT2000XT DLT Tape Drive

Still performing its function in the real world, this was the first DLT tape drive with unique, tape loadable firmware, allowing easy updates to the drive’s microcode, so that additional capabilities could be added by merely changing software.The same technique also permitted customization to the SCSI interface parameters.

Also notable was the 2000XT’s use of advanced linear recording technology, precision tape guiding system, and adaptive control mechanism, all of which were retained in future generations of DLT tape drives.


DLT 2000XT Benefits

  • Native capacity of 15 GB at 1.25 MB/s
  • 2:1 Compression allows 30 GB at 2.5 MB/s
  • 2 read/write channels
  • Open system, supported by many manufacturers
  • 80,000 hours MTBF at 100% duty cycle
  • 30,000 hour head life


Quantum DLT 2000XT Tape Drive
Capacity30 GB (compressed), 15 GB (native)
Native Sustained Transfer Rate2.5 MB/second
2:1 Compressed Transfer Rate5 MB/second
Interface OptionsSCSI-2
Size (H x W x D)DesktopRackmount4.87 x 9 x 12.75 in (124 x 229 x 325 mm)3.25 x 5.7 x 9 in (82.5 x 144.8 x 229 mm)
Weight1DesktopRackmount15 lbs. (6.63 kg)6 lbs. (2.9 kg)
Voltage+5V, +12V
MTBF80,000 hours at 100% duty cycle
1 Varies by configuration


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.