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Formatted Pertec Tape Drive Emulation

The Arraid TES-2 system provides a new and warranted equipment replacement for aging and refurbished reel-to-reel, .5" (half inch) 9 track tape drives that adhere to the industry standard, Formatted Pertec Protocol.

The TES-2 is plug-compatible with the original Pertec 9 track formatted interface tape drive, while using ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) to store data.  Internal TES rotating drives (disk, tape & magneto-optic) can still be supported upon request.

No host system software or controller changes are required to replace a refurbished 9 track tape drive with the TES-2.

The TES-2 provides a complete bridge between the host 9 track Pertec formatted tape controller and the TES's SCSI drive, replacing tape reels with the solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD).

Free yourself from difficult 9 track tape reel loading procedures, failing tape sensors, and vacuum pumps. Pertec formatted 9 track tape drives have been widely used on computer systems since the late '70s with specialized operations and hardware that can not be rehosted on a simple PC.

Get the TES Data Sheet

Manufacturer: Arraid, LLC

The TES-2 is provided as new equipment, allowing customers to utilize SCSI drives or ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) installed in the TES-2, with MTBF of 200,000+ hours and significantly more when using the solid state AFD.

The TES-2 can replace most existing Pertec Formatted interface tape drives or may be added to the existing tape drive chain. The TES-2 supports tape speeds ranging from 12.5ips to 75ips Start/Stop, to 125ips Streaming and recording densities from 800bpi NRZ mode to 6400fpi PE.

Additional TES-2 options include disk to disk backup, disk to tape backup, AFD network (backup & restore) and mirroring. No refurbished SMD replacement can match the reliability, features and customer support provided by choosing the TES-2 to replace your aging and refurbished SMD disk drives.

Additional TES-2 options include AFD network (backup & restore) offering Ethernet based tape data access, and replacement of tape reels with solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) configured as a magneto optical or legacy PCMCIA flash card media. No refurbished Pertec interface tape drive can match the reliability, features and customer support provided by choosing the TES-2 to replace your aging Pertec interface reel to reel tape drive.

Contact Arraid today to learn more about new tape drive replacements for aging computer systems.



Features and Benefits

  • ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) option is a Solid State SCSI disk replacing traditional mechanical SCSI drives (DAT, QIC, Tape & Magneto Optical Disk)
  • Additional features such as network backup, mirroring, restore and removable media can be added.
  • The CompactFlash (CF) media in the ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) is treated exactly the same as the floppy disk media. All drive data is stored on the CF media as if were the original diskette media.
  • AFD network feature option offers LAN network (ethernet-based) back-up and restore capability directly from the AFD using the on board RJ45 Network port. No additional software or register changes are required to the legacy host. Including ARRAIDs FLASH2GUI Software, an optional ethernet support feature for centralised backup and restore capability lessening the reliance to rotate media.  Network option only available on TES with AFD network drive installed.
  • Replaces aging and refurbished 9 track Pertec formatted interface tape drives with a new solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD)
  • Easy to install. No hardware or software changes required, other than the drive itself.
    • Can replace or be added to existing drives.
  • Operating system, application and diagnostic software are supported as is.
  • An LCD Operator Panel provides full control over tape drive online/offline functions.
  • High reliability with near zero maintenance required.
    • Greater computer system availability with lower cost of ownership.
  • Greatly reduced power requirements compared to the original 9 track tape drive.
  • Tape data can be stored on the solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) configured as a magneto optical using industrial grade CompactFlash (CF) media
    • With tape head alignment no longer an issue, media may be moved from drive to drive without concern for readability.
    • CF media is archive quality, impervious to EMI, yielding both reliable media distribution and extended shelf life..
  • Increases storage - stores the content of multiple 1/2-inch tape reels on a single piece of CompactFlash (CF) media.
    • This allows for unattended operation (no tape reel changes) in many applications.
    • The space required for media storage is greatly reduced.


For More Information

Get the TES Data Sheet

Learn how the TES-2 replaces Pertec interface reel to reel tape drives using Tape Drive Emulation.

Unable to determine if the TES-2 is right for your application? Contact Arraid representatives here

Can Replace

A Brief List of Some of the Pertec 9 track Formatted Interface Drives the TES-2 Can Replace (Manufacturer and Drive Models)

Cipher F880
Cipher F880 ITT Tandem
Cipher F890
Cipher F891
Cipher M891
Cipher 910
Cipher F910
Cipher 920
Cipher F920 
Cipher M990
Cipher M995
HP 88780A
HP 88780B
Kennedy 9610
Kennedy 9662
M4 Data 9903, 9905, 9914
MP Systems 7000
QualStar 3400
Tandem 5160
Tandem 5161
Tandem 5171
Tandem 5172
Tandem 5175
Xcerta Quad 9 Track

Standard Models, Enclosures and Options

TES-2 Versions

There is only one standard version of the TES-2 with no model modifier. It is anticipated that minor changes required to emulate specific drives or interface with specific controllers will be accommodated by the standard product.



Primary SCSI Devices

The suggested choice for the primary storage device is a the Arraid Flash Drive (AFD). The drive may be in a fixed internal mounting or in a removable drive canister.

The legacy tape image is stored on the solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD). The (AFD) can be configured as a Disk, Tape or Magneto-Optical drive and has proven successful as the primary storage device in many applications, especially when used in a fully cached TES-2. Excellent as internal copy/backup devices, these drives and industrial grade CompactFlash (CF) media have the durability to perform well for many years.

For RMC enclosures, the solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) configured as a magneto optical drive is fixed mounted in the front panel of the TES. The solid state AFD is  proven to be an excellent choice for use in Arraid tape emulators. These drives and media have the durability to perform well for many years.

RMR enclosures include drive bays for removable AFD drive modules.


  • 48 VDC Power Supply
  • Interface Cables
  • Interface Connectors
  • Mounting Shelf

Contact Arraid Representative for advice and assistance in selecting TES Options.

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