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Definition: Travan

An earlier backup tape technology from Imation Corporation, Oakdale, MN (www.imation.com). Travan drives evolved from QIC tapes and were mostly compatible with QIC cartridges. However, Travan used .315" wide tape rather than quarter inch (the QI in QIC), as well as different tape guides and enhanced magnetic media. For server backup, the Travan Network Series (NS) provided hardware compression and read-while-write features. See QIC and magnetic tape.


  TR-1               400MB
  TR-2               800MB**
  TR-3               1.6GB

  HP 5GB (TR-4 with
      less tape)     2.5GB

  Travan 8GB (TR-4)    4GB
  Travan NS 8          4GB

  Travan 20GB (TR-5)  10GB
  Travan NS 20        10GB
  Travan 40GB         20GB

 ** Never popular

Travan Cartridge
Travan evolved from the QIC family of backup tapes. Travan drives were compatible with most QIC, QIC Wide and QIC-EX cartridges.

QIC-EX Extends Travan Capacities
QIC-EX cartridges from Verbatim extended the cartridge housing to include more tape. Many Travan drives supported QIC-EX cartridges.