Overview: This next-generation DAT drive utilizing DDS-3 technology performs up to 7.2 GB/hr. A new Automatic Head Cleaning mechanism reduces the need for cleaning. It protects servers up to 24 GB in capacity.??New advancements in tape technology have produced a tape drive which requires less cleaning and provides improved backup/restore operation. Some of these new advancements include an automatic rotating head cleaning sweeper that can be used during the write or read recovery procedure to dislodge debris from the tape path and recording heads and drum. This DDS-3 drive has a MTBF rating of 300 000 hours at a 12% duty cycle. It reduces head cleaning cycles by four times over DDS-2. This version of the industry-standard DDS-3 DAT Drive provides a 7.2 GB/ hr data transfer rate. DDS-3 format has a drum rotation speed of 3825 RPM while the tape moves at 10.4 mm/s.