In business today, information access and capacity demands are a growing challenge for efficient, cost-effective data management. Now, one storage technology radically redefines performance: 9840 half-inch tape technology. The Black Watch 9840 Half-Inch Tape Cartridge is at the heart of the solution, with its revolutionary, totally internal tape path design and a familiar 3480-based form factor. The 9840 tape cartridge draws on the long history of Imation half-inch tape development and combines "the best of the best" from current solutions with brand new innovations. Offering access speeds that rival random access, the 9840 tape cartridge sets new standards for half-inch tape performance with proven enterprise-strength reliability. Access times are decreased to 12 seconds due to the dual hub, mid-point load design. The tape rides on a cushion of air that virtually eliminates friction between the tape and guides, enabling the fastest search speeds of any tape storage system. 9840 is the only technology to contain a baseplate. This aluminum baseplate enhances cartridge stability and enables precise alignment between head and tape to ensure reliable data reading/writing. Advanced servo writing techniques enable 288 data tracks to be written across the half-inch wide tape.