The ibm totalstorage enterprise tape drive 3592 is designed to provide fast time to data and excellent levels of storage capacity. To support that high-capacity capability the tape drive uses the ibm totalstorage enterprise tape cartridge 3592. The 3592 cartridge contains half-inch advanced metal particle dual-layer tape. This tape uses a high-quality coating that provides the signal and aerial density margin to store an extremely high capacity of data - up to 300gb (up to 900gb with 3: 1 compression) greatly exceeding the capacity available from most other tape media. The tape also features an ultra-smooth surface and uniform magnetic layer less than 0.2 microns thick - both intended to help improve media reliability and tape drive processing times. Because normal wear and tear can degrade media the 3592 cartridge offers significant improvements in tape cartridge design - such as enhanced locking pin hub and clutch assemblies - to help improve durability. The cartridge also minimizes surface defects and uses a precision timing - based servo formatting process to enable higher track densities without increasing error rates. With these design features the 3592 tape cartridge can help better protect your mission-critical data.