A modular data storage system for a plurality of identical data carriers (3) includes at least one recorder apparatus and at least one storage module (10). The storage module includes an internal transport device (32). An external transport device (13) is associated with the outside of the storage module, which external transport device can transport data carriers between the recorder apparatus and the storage module.
The recorder apparatus includes a recorder module (9) comprising a module frame having outer dimensions which are substantially equal to those of a module frame of the storage module so that all of these modules can be arranged successively adjacent to form optional configurations adapted to suit specific requirements. The external transport device (13) cooperates with the recorder and storage modules at their backs and is located inside a cabinet (5, 6, 8, 13) of the modular data storage system.