Common causes of tape failure and data loss
We have developed an unrivalled range of hardware and software tools to deal with almost every situation. If your data is there, we will recover it.
- Operational error
- Expired tapes
- Mishandling of the tape
- Accidental overwrites caused by inserting or partially formatting the wrong tape
- Broken tapes
- Dirty drives
- Damage caused by chemicals, fire, flood or other natural disaster
- Inability for data on tape to be read by new application or servers
- Software problems or backup failures
We support all tape media
Ontrack has a large inventory of tape drives to read your media. If you use an obsolete archive format, don't worry, our data recovery engineers have the experience and the resources required to search, extract, and recover your data .
We recover from all tape media
|Tape Drive||Tape Media||Tape Capacity|
|3500 MP series||5 - 700 GB|
AIT series | SAIT series
|8mm (AIT)||35 - 500 GB|
|Vendor: Oracle® (formerly StorageTek)
9800 series | 10000 series
|9800 series | 10000 series||40 - 1,000 GB|
DLT series | SDLT series
|DLT series | SDLT series||80 - 800 GB|
|Vendor: Tandberg™ Data
DAT series | LTO series | SLR series
|4mm, 8mm (MP) | Ultrium (Generation 1 - 6)
SLR | VXA
|38 - 6,000 GB|
|Vendors: Quantum, HP, Sony
DDS series | DAT series
|DDS 4mm||20 - 40 GB|
|Vendors: IBM, HP, Quantum, Sony
|Ultrium (Generation 1 - 6)||200 - 6,000 GB|
If you do not see your brand of tape drive or tape media listed, contact us to discuss your specific recovery options. In addition, custom development is available for unique or proprietary backup archive systems. Alternatively, view our tape recovery capabilities in our information sheet .
Comprehensive tape services
Whatever your tape needs, we have customised solutions to help you manage your tape legacy data efficiently.Contact us
Tape recovery process
Our specialist R&D team has been building up tape recovery knowledge and resources for 30 years to develop a process with proven success:
- Recoveries are performed in dust-free Cleanroom environments
- Tapes and tape drives are carefully dismounted, examined and processed
- Proprietary tools are used to read and recover around any physically damaged areas
- We are able to quickly image failing tapes to ensure the most complete data recovery possible
Warning: Attempting to recover tape data on your own, or through an inexperienced data recovery provider, may lead to further damage. Select a data recovery provider with the resources, expertise and experience you can trust.
Urgent restore request for a legal process? We recover legally-sound data to satisfy litigation requests.
Tapes contain a snapshot of data which was present on a system at a point in time. This could include information which is no longer available in 'active' storage, especially if efforts have been made by a suspect to manipulate or remove potentially incriminating evidence from the live system. This evidence can still be found via a forensic investigation of the tapes.
They don't call us the world leader for nothing...
Don't just take our word for it; hear what our customers have to say:
"I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful service; an outstanding result! You've been extremely helpful throughout this process, and an absolute delight to deal with. I would not hesitate to recommend you in the future."Kate
"Thank you so much for retrieving our data Ontrack! After hearing that it was virtually impossible to retrieve our lost data from our hard drive, we are so lucky we decided to get a second opinion! Really great service, speedy, communicative and professional.", Inside Out Magazine
"Ontrack scored 10 out of 10 – communication, speed, response, recovery. I would definitely recommend their services to other businesses.", Uprising Beach Resort
"For someone who likes to be in control and doesn’t like surprises, it was uncomfortable not knowing whether everything could be saved. In the end, Ontrack did manage to get it all back for me!", Bredberg Photography
"In retrospect we probably should have just called Ontrack right at the start. They provided awesome customer service.", Global Technologies
Tape resource centre
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