PowerVault DAT Tape Media

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Customers seeking a compact, reliable and cost-efficient solution for entry-level tape media requirements.

Dell PowerVault DAT Cartridges


Media Types

  • DAT 72

    Capacity (Native): 36GB
    Capacity (Compressed): 72GB
    Speed (Native): 3.5MB/s
    Tape Width: 5.2 µm
    Tape Thickness: 170 m


    Capacity (Native): 20GB
    Capacity (Compressed): 40GB
    Speed (Native): 2.75 MB/s
    Tape Width: 5.6 µm
    Tape Thickness: 155 m

Cleaning Cartridges

Dell PowerVault DDS Cleaning cartridges have a lifespan of up to 50 cleans.

Regularly cleaning DDS/DAT drives help in long-term reliability and should be conducted in scheduled cycles and when requested by the drive. The recommended cleaning interval for the drive is 50 tape motion hours, which is indicated by the solid LED.

DAT 72 media is compact, reliable, and offers, a good value for entry level tape media requirements.

DAT 72 Cartridges


• These 72GB (compressed) capacity, easy-to-handle compact cartridges provide cost effective long term backup archiving.
• DAT 72 is backward compatible with earlier DAT/DDS drive generations, which makes using the DAT 72 media very easy with no additional learning required to use.
• Improved capacity (36GB native) and performance (3.5MB/s) over earlier generations of DDS cartridges.
• DAT 72 media price point provides the user with a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
• Dell media is tested and verified with all Dell DAT/DDS products to provide a complete solution and is accompanied by a limited lifetime warranty.

Cartridge / Drive Compatibility

Cartridge Drive
DAT 72 Write/Read
DDS4 Write/Read Write/Read
DDS3 Write/Read Write/Read Write/Read
DDS2 Write/Read Write/Read Write/Read
DDS1 Write/Read Write/Read Write/Read Write/Read
Cleaning Write/Read Write/Read Write/Read Write/Read Write/Read

Dell ProSupport

Having the right backup solution is key to protecting your critical information. So is having the right support. Dell ProSupport* is a portfolio of globally consistent, customer-driven support services that provide businesses of all sizes with flexible, reliable and easier support solutions.

Dell ProSupport starts with a service model designed for IT professionals like you. Dell ProSupport for IT provides:

24/7 direct access to Dell Expert Centers
Fast-track dispatch for Dell-certified technicians
Escalation management through Dell’s Global Command Centers

Additional Dell ProSupport options align to the way you use technology — rapidly responding to your needs, protecting your investment, productivity and sensitive data, and providing enhanced proactive support services to reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.

Mission Critical*  — Perfect for server and storage environments where avoiding unplanned downtime and reducing recovery time through priority response are a must, this package includes priority four-hour on-site* service or optional two-hour response with six-hour hardware repair — Dell’s proven critical situation process and emergency dispatch.
Keep Your Hard Drive* — Enables you to control your sensitive data by retaining your hard drive and helps you comply with current data privacy regulations to help mitigate risks associated with regulatory or civil liabilities.Enterprise-Wide Contract — Provides enhanced proactive capabilities through:

Designated service delivery manager
Performance benchmarking and custom reporting
Planning and assessments


Proactive Maintenance
 — Proactively maximizes the availability and stability of your infrastructure. The package includes a detailed system assessment and implementation of driver or firmware updates and upgrades for your server or storage systems.

Remote Advisory Options — Provide telephone and Internet access to technical expertise for specialized applications and solutions such as Microsoft® Exchange, Virtualization and more.


Basic Hardware Warranty

Ideal for nonessential application environments, this basic support service offers business-hour, phone-based support* for hardware-only issues with next-business-day, on-site service following completion of phone-based troubleshooting.

Training Services                                                                                                                                                                   

Dell Education Services
Decrease downtime, improve utilization and ensure business continuity with storage training from Dell Education Services. A self-paced online training course jump starts the Storage Administrator on managing the PowerVault MD Storage environment. To learn more, visit learndell.com/storage.

Additional Service Offerings

Comprehensive Storage Training and Certification

Through comprehensive storage training courses, Dell provides expertise in implementing Dell storage into an existing IT infrastructure. If you are interested in validating or maintaining your skills for company compliance, the Dell-Certified Network Storage Networking Professional Certification path is available.

Storage Consolidation
Our storage experts analyze existing infrastructure, operational practices and technical readiness to develop a roadmap for conducting a storage consolidation. They will also develop a detailed consolidation deployment plan as well as a validated and refined solution design.
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