The value-priced, high-reliability, high-capacity linear streaming data cartridge tape drive for entry- to mid-range computing platforms.


With a combination of data compression and compaction, the DLT VS160 tape drive offers a formatted data cartridge capacity of 160GB (assumes 2:1 compression), and a sustained user data transfer rate of 16MB/sec (assumes 2:1 compression). Achieves fast data throughput and data access times.

  • Quantum DLT VS160 Tape Drive TabletopTabletop
  • Quantum DLT VS160 Tape Drive Internal Internal


Native sustained transfer rate 8 MB/s
2:1 Compressed transfer rate 16 MB/s
Native formatted capacity 80 GB
2:1 compressed capacity 160 GB
Average file access time 90 sec
Interfaces available 16-bit Ultra 160 SCSI-2 Low Voltage Differential


Tabletop Internal 
Width 8.35"/ 212.13 mm 5.75"/ 146.05 mm
Height 2.61"/ 66.24 mm 1.62"/ 41.70 mm
Depth 10.73"/ 27.49 mm 8.50"/ 216.14 mm
Weight - varies by configuration 7.66 lbs/ 3.48 kg 3.19 lbs/ 1.45 kg

Environmental Limits

Operating Temperature 50 to 104 F / 10 to 40 C
Non-condensing humidity 20% to 80%
Altitude +30,000' max
Non-operating Temperature -40 to 151 F/-40 to 66 C
Non-condensing humidity 10% to 95%


Voltage +5V, +12V
Power consumption <14 Watts (average read / write operation)


MTBF 250,000 hours at 100% duty cycle
Average Head Life >30,000 tape motion hours
Uncorrected error rate 1 x 1017 bits read
Undetected error rate 1 x 1017 bits read
Warranty 3 years

Media Compatibility

DLTtape VS1 80GB native capacity
DLT1 Read Compatible
DLT VS80 Read Compatible
Note: Veritas BackupExec and Veritas NetBackup Drivers
If you are using Veritas BackupExec or Veritas NetBackup you should use the device driver that came with your software backup package.
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    Device driver to allow use of DLTtape Tape Drives with Windows NT 4.0 running on Intel x86 platforms. This is a self-extracting, compressed file that unzips into a set of files. Please view the README.TXT file for installation instructions.
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    Win2K/2K3/XP (x86, x64)

    The device driver allows you to use DLT tape drives with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 running on x86 and x64 platforms. This is a self-extracting, compressed file that unzips into a set of files. Please view the ReadMe.htm file for installation instructions.
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    V50 update is recommended for improved compatibility with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Operating Systms (OS), as well as overall product reliability improvement.
    Note: This firmware is for standalone drives only. If your drive is in a library contact your service representative regarding firmware updates.
    Instructions for upgrading firmware via a FUP tape can be found here.


StorageCare Sage xTalk Management Console

In less than thirty minutes xTalk will evaluate your tape drive's health and determine if it needs to be sent in for service. The application also provides detailed engineering drive analysis information and the abilty to quickly download updates to the firmware, application, online help, test script and release notes.

Select your Operating System:


Drive Firmware Upgrade

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    DFU for Windows

    Drive Firmware Upgrade for Windows
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    DFU for Linux

    Drive Firmware Upgrade for Linux
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    DFU for NetWare

    Drive Firmware Upgrade for NetWare