Sony SDX-700C

Sony SDX-700C

AIT-3 100Gb Tape Backup Daily Rate: $50

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High Capacity Tape Storage

The Sony SDX-700C drive delivers up to 260 GB capacity (with 2.6:1 compression) in a compact, 3.5-inch form factor.


Fast Data Transfer Rates

Sony AIT-3 tape drives offer high data transfer rates of 12.0 MB/s native and 34 MB/s with 2.0:1 compression for today's most demanding data storage environments.


Backward Compatibility

Sony AIT-3 drives are fully backward read and write compatible with both AIT-2 tape media (36 GB and 50 GB data cartridges), and AIT-1 media (25 GB and 35 GB data cartridges). Backward compatibility helps protect your investment in the valuable data you already have stored on previous generation AIT data cartridges, while delivering the increased capacity and performance of AIT-3 tape technology.


High Reliability

Sony AIT drives incorporate a redesigned head geometry, reducing head / tape pressure and delivering up to 50,000 hours of head life. The built-in Super Head CleanerTM mechanism results in an industry leading MTBF rating of 400,000 POH.


Remote Memory-In-Cassette (R-MIC)

A 64 kbit memory chip embedded into the data cartridge provides high speed file location and file access.


  • 260 GB capacity and 12.0 MB/s sustained data transfer rate (with 2.6:1 compression)
  • Backward compatibility with AIT-1 and AIT-2 data cartridges
  • Fast media loading (Less than 10 s) and file access (27 s to 37 s)
  • High reliability with MTBF of 300,000 POH (100% duty cycle), head life of 50,000 hours, and media uses of 30,000 end-to-end passes
  • Efficient data management with Memory In Cassette (MIC)
  • Compact 3.5-inch form factor for easy integration into existing systems
  • Active Head Cleaner mechanism and AME media reduce the need for periodic cleaning




Drive Type

Internal SCSI AIT-3

Model Numbers

SDX-700C and SDX-700BM


Ultra 160 Wide SCSI

Single-ended / Low Voltage Differential

68-Pin Connector

Linear Recording Density

155,000 BPI

Recording Block Length

Variable or Fixed Length Blocks



100 GB (native), 260 GB (with 2.6:1 compression)

Sustained Transfer Rate

12 MB/s (native), 24 MB/s (compressed)

Burst Transfer Rate

160 MB/s (synchronous, maximum)

Media Load Time (Avg)

10 seconds (with memory-in-cassette)

Access Time (Avg)

27 seconds (with memory-in-cassette)

Search Speed

122 inches/s (max)

Rewind Speed

122 inches/s (max)

Buffer Size

18 MB


Uncorrectable Error Rate

Less than 10-17 bits


400,000 hours at 100% duty cycle

R/W Head Life

50,000 tape contact hours

Media Uses (Avg)

30,000 end-to-end passes


Operating Temperature

41°F to 104°F (5°C to 40°C)

Storage Temperature

-40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C)

Operating Humidity

20% to 80% (non-condensing)

Power Requirements

DC 5V +/-5%

DC 12V +/-10%

Power Consumption

18 watts (average)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

4.0 x 1.62 x 6.10 inches (101.6 x 41.3 x 155 mm)


1 lb 11.5 oz (780 g)




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