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HP 79XX HP-IB CS/80 Disk Drive Emulation

The Arraid AEM-8 system provides a new and warranted equipment replacement for aging and refurbished HP 79XX HPIB disk drives supporting the CS/80 command set.

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The AEM-8 replaces aging and refurbished HP CS/80 drives while using ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) to store data.  Internal AEM rotating drives (disk, tape & magneto-optic) can still be supported upon request.

No host system software or controller changes are required to replace a HP CS/80 refurbished drive with the AEM-8.

The AEM-8 provides a complete bridge between the host HPIB controller and the AEM's SCSI drives. These drives have been used on HP-1000, 3000 and 9000 computers in a variety of applications.

While refurbished HPIB drives have limited availability, refurbished HPIB drives commonly fail within a few months resulting in system down time. The AEM-8 is is provided as new equipment, allowing customers to utilize SCSI drives or ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) installed in the AEM-8 with MTBF of 200,000+ hours and significantly more when using the solid state AFD.

Additional AEM-8 options include disk to disk backup, disk to tape backup, AFD network (backup & restore) and mirroring replaced with the ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) CompactFlash (CF) media, and multi-volume (provides several HP 79XX disk partitions on a single SCSI media). No refurbished HP CS/80 drive can match the reliability, features and customer support provided by choosing the AEM-8 to replace your refurbished HP CS/80 disk drive.

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


Features and Benefits

  • Replaces aging and refurbished HP CS/80 drives with new SCSI drives.
  • 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 AEM with AFD network drive installed.
  • Additional features such as backup, restore, multi-volume, and removable CompactFlash (CF) media can be added.
  • 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.
  • The drive to be emulated is selected from the operator panel.
    • The same AEM model will emulate any HP-IB disk drive.
    • Using the same AEM model for several drives limits the spares requirement.
  • High reliability with near zero maintenance required.
    • Greater computer system availability with lower cost of ownership.
  • The AEM replaces removable disk cartridges and backup tape cartridges with 3.5" magneto optical cartridges.
    • With disk and tape head alignment no longer an issue, media may be moved from drive to drive without concern for readability.
    • MO media is archive quality, impervious to EMI, yielding both reliable media distribution and a 25+ year shelf life.


For More Information

Get the AEM-8 Data Sheet

Learn how the AEM-8 replaces HP CS/80 disk drives using Disk Drive Emulation.

Unable to determine if the AEM-8 is right for your application? Contact us here or use Live Chat to speak with Arraid representatives. 


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