Tape Services

Tape Archive Auditing

Prepare yourself for unexpected restore requests with a thorough tape audit.

Damaged tape archives can prevent you from conducting restore requests and destroying end of life data correctly. Manage your tape library for easy data access and identification when urgent restore requests arise.


Mitigate Risk

Poorly marked, mislabelled or damaged tape archives can prevent you from conducting restore requests and destroying end of life data correctly.

At Ontrack, we can help you:

  • Prevent accidental destruction of archive data
  • Avoid compliance or litigation issues
  • Decrease the time taken to search and restore data
  • Reduce costs associated with retaining legacy tape data

The danger of unmarked backup tapes

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Accidental removal or destruction, even though the media is still within the legal retention period
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Searching for data can become time consuming and resource intensive
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Data required for legal proceedings is difficult to find or no longer available
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Unmarked tapes increase the risk of potential data breaches

Get a quick overview of your archived legacy data

Ontrack helps you efficiently catalogue your tape media:

  • Prevent the accidental destruction of archive data, especially if the media is still within the legal retention period
  • Avoid compliance or litigation issues
  • Reduce the time to find and recover data
  • Identify any media degradation issues
  • Understand the data you have for GDPR compliance
  • Reduce the cost of storing older tape data

Tape Auditing Services

Tape audit process and consultation.

All tape audits can be tailored to your needs, but our basic process includes:

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Archive Review
We search for tapes that might be unsupported by your current IT infrastructure or that have been catalogued incorrectly.
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Accessibility Check
Understand what storage technology you have in house and verify that your team have the skills and time required to access legacy data.
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Data Retention Analysis
We can identify any end of life data within your tape library and assist with destroying it effectively and in a timely manner.
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Media Evaluation
We can help you test the health of your tape archives to avoid discovering damaged media during a time critical restoration request.

Your tape audit will include:



Detailed data integrity and inconsistency reports.


Support for all tape and media formats.


Media health and degradation check.


A dedicated and experienced Project Manager to guide you through the process.


Trust the tape experts

Ontrack can help you with any tape project, no matter how complex.

  • World leading data management services and software since 1985
  • International coverage with laboratories across the globe for multi-site / jurisdiction cases
  • 24/7/365 availability
  • Over 30 years of technical experience and R&D capabilities to solve even the most challenging tape situations
  • Proprietary software tools that work independently of backup infrastructure/software
  • Strict security policies with chain of custody if required
  • Twice awarded by the US Department of Defence for outstanding security participation


KLDiscovery Ontrack Limited, Nexus, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB, United Kingdom (see all locations)