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4-654-178-11(1)
SDX-D500C/D400C
AIT Drive Unit
Operator's Guide
© 2001

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  • Page 1 4-654-178-11(1) SDX-D500C/D400C AIT Drive Unit Operator’s Guide © 2001...
  • Page 2 Safety Regulations Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your dealer regarding this product. Model No. Serial No. Information WARNING To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
  • Page 3 CAUTION The mains plug on this equipment must be used to disconnect mains power. Please ensure that the socket outlet is installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible. ACHTUNG Zur Trennung vom Netz ist der Netzseker aus der Steckdose zu ziehen, welche sich in der Nähe des Gerätes befinden muß...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Maintenance Avoiding Damage .................. 15 Taking Care of Cartridges .............. 17 Use Precautions ..................17 Storage Precautions ................17 Head Cleaning ................. 18 How to Clean ..................18 Specifications (SDX-D500C) ............19 Appendix Specifications (SDX-D400C) ............20 Table of Contents...
  • Page 5: How To Use This Guide

    How to Use this Guide This Guide describes the AIT Drive Unit SDX-D500C/D400C, and how to take care of it. Please read it carefully before using the unit, and keep it handy for future reference. The Guide consists of four parts, plus the specifications. Refer to the parts that relate to your use of the drive.
  • Page 6: Part 1. Introduction

    Part 1. Introduction About AIT Drives The SDX-D500C is an external AIT drive unit that uses data cartridges conforming to the AIT-2 format. The SDX-D400C is an external AIT drive unit that uses data cartridges conforming to the AIT-1 format. The SDX- D500C supports AIT-1 and AIT-2 formats.
  • Page 7: Useable Cartridges

    Be sure to use only the cartridges designed specifically for AIT (do not use 8 mm cartridges for video). System Components The SDX-D500C / D400C connects to the host computer via a Ultra Wide LVD/SE SCSI interface. Host Computer SDX-D500C/D400C Peripheral Devices Figure 1-1.
  • Page 8: Part Names And Functions

    Part Names and Functions Front Panel POWER BUSY TAPE STATUS Figure 1-2. Front panel AIT Data Cartridge Receptacle See page 14 for information on inserting and removing a AIT data cartridge. POWER Indicator Lights while the drive is on. BUSY Indicator Lights when data is being transferred through the SCSI interface.
  • Page 9: Rear Panel

    EJECT Button Push to remove a data cartridge from the drive. POWER Switch Press to turn the drive on or off. Rear Panel Figure 1-3. Rear Panel Rotary Selector Switch SCSI ID selector. AC IN Connector Connect the supplied power cable here. SCSI Connector Connects to the SCSI bus connector of the host computer or another SCSI peripheral.
  • Page 10: Part 2. Preparation

    Part 2. Preparation After you confirm that you have all of the required accessories for your installation, connect the drive to the host computer, and select the SCSI ID with the rotary switch on the rear panel. Supplied Items When you first open the box, make sure it contains the following items. Contact your supplier if anything is missing or broken.
  • Page 11: Scsi Id Setting

    SCSI ID Setting The SCSI ID is set by the rotary switch on the rear panel. Press the + or - buttons to move the number up or down, respectively. As shipped from the factory, the SCSI ID is set to 0. Press the switch buttons, if necessary, to select the SCSI ID number you require.
  • Page 12 DIP Switch Positions Reserved (OFF) Reserved (OFF) Reserved (OFF) Reserved (OFF) Terminator Power (ON) Reserved (OFF) DC Control (1) (ON) DC Control (2) (OFF) Figure 2-3. DIP Switch Settings Data Compression Control DIP Switch Data compression can be selected by DIP switches. Data compression is enabled while position 7 [DC Control (1)] is ON.
  • Page 13: Part 3. Operation

    Part 3. Operation This section describes how to use the AIT drive, and how to handle data cartridges. How to use the AIT Drive Press the POWER switch on the front panel. The POWER indicator should light, and the STATUS, BUSY and TAPE indicators should blink as the self-test is performed.
  • Page 14: Cartridge Removal

    Cartridge Removal Press the EJECT button. The cartridge ejects automatically. Figure 3-2. Press the EJECT button Caution Do not push the EJECT button while the BUSY indicator is blinking: to do so may destroy data on the tape. Part 3. Operation...
  • Page 15: Part 4. Care And Maintenance

    Part 4. Care and Maintenance Taking Care of the Drive Safety Considerations Power • Be sure to use only 100-240 V AC. • Avoid plugging into the same outlet as high-current equipment like copiers or shredders. Power Cable Precautions • Do not crush the cable or place heavy items on it. If the cable insulation appears worn or broken, do not use the cable.
  • Page 16 Abnormal occurrences If the drive behaves abnormally, or if it begins to smell or smoke, immediately unplug it from the wall outlet and contact your supplier for assistance. Cabinet cleaning Wipe the cabinet with a soft dry cloth. For heavy dirt, wipe with a soft cloth moistened with a gentle liquid soap, then wipe again with a soft dry cloth.
  • Page 17: Taking Care Of Cartridges

    Taking Care of Cartridges Use Precautions • Avoid heavy vibration and dropping. • The shutter on the face of the cartridge is opened automatically when it is inserted into the drive. Do not open the shutter by hand, as touching the tape may damage it.
  • Page 18: Head Cleaning

    Head Cleaning To keep the AIT drive in top condition, clean the head as needed, using the proper head cleaning cartridge (sold separately). When the head needs cleaning, the STATUS indicator will blink. How to Clean Load the head cleaning cartridge (SDX1-CL) into the AIT drive. Cleaning starts automatically.
  • Page 19: Appendix

    Appendix Specifications (SDX-D500C) Performance Storage Capacity 100 GB compressed (with 230 m AIT-2 tape) 50 GB uncompressed (with 230 m AIT-2 tape) Bit Error Rate less than 10 Data Transfer Rate 6 MB/s uncompressed (TAPE) 12 MB/s compressed Burst Data Transfer Rate...
  • Page 20: Specifications (sdx-d400c)

    Specifications (SDX-D400C) Performance Storage Capacity 70 GB compressed (with 230 m AIT-1 tape) 35 GB uncompressed (with 230 m AIT-1 tape) Bit Error Rate less than 10 Data Transfer Rate 4 MB/s uncompressed (TAPE) 8 MB/s compressed Burst Data Transfer Rate 12 MB/s maximum, asynchronous (SCSI) 40 MB/s maximum, synchronous...

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