Ontrack is committed to supporting data recovery needs around the globe during the COVID-19 crisis. Although some of our media drop-off locations remain open to public, we encourage you to use our free shipping services during this time. We are able to provide global support through several options including our remote data recovery services for certain cases.
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.
What is a tape backup?
The tape has been the storage media of choice for long-term archiving since the 1950’s. Why? Because it’s a reliable, long-term option that can store valuable company data for 40+ years.
The tape is still a major player in the storage market, especially when you compare the cost, amount of data that can be stored and the period of time it can be stored for to HDDs, SSDs or even the Cloud.More about tape backup solution >>
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.
Tape resource centre
Unsure if our tape services are for you? Explore our solutions and how we can help you take control of your legacy data issues.