Overland T490 cartridge tape drive and autoloader

Jon Elson elson at pico-systems.com
Thu Dec 9 20:42:07 CST 2021

On 12/9/21 3:20 PM, Peter Coghlan via cctalk wrote:
> Many years ago, a friend gave me an Overland T490 tape drive which has
> some kind of autoloader attached which takes ten tapes.  I was told it
> came out of a Tandem system.  The tapes are square cartridges similar
> but different to a DEC TK50.  I can't find very much information about
> the drive on the web but there are some hints that it might be compatible
> with an IBM 3480.  It powers up nicely and the fan works and after a
> short pause, a green LED illuminates.  There are only two buttons on
> the front, "unload" and "format".

CDC made a Patriot drive that used 3480 cartridges, and had 
a SCSI interface.

They were serpentine drives.  The CDC division was "Laser 
Magnetic Storage Int'l"


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