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 VS80 tape drive offers a data cartridge capacity of 80GB (assumes 2:1 compression), and a sustained user data transfer rate of 6MB/sec (assumes 2:1 compression). Achieves fast data throughput and data access times.

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Native sustained transfer rate 3 MB/s
2:1 Compressed transfer rate 6 MB/s
Native formatted capacity 40 GB
2:1 compressed capacity 80 GB
Average file access time 68 sec
Interfaces available Wide Ultra SCSI-2
(Low Voltage Differential)

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 15 Watts (average read / write operation)


MTBF 200,000 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


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

Media Compatibility

DLTtape IV 40GB native capacity
DLT 4000 Read Compatible
DLT1 Read/Write Compatible
DLT VS Cleaning Tape 20 uses
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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    V65 update is recommended for improved compatibility with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Operating Systms (OS), as well as overall product reliability improvement.
    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