Tape Services

Tape Migration

Tape migration for any tape format.

Moving or consolidating your magnetic tape data to a new storage system can be a stressful experience. With Ontrack’s tape migration service, we will assist you through the entire process to ensure you know what you need to migrate and what you can dispose of.

Types of migration

If you’re looking to migrate your archive data to another storage medium, we can assist with the following services:

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Tape to Tape
We can help you migrate from one tape generation to another or consolidate multiple types of tape into one common format.
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Alternative Storage
We can help migrate your tape data to disk or any other type of storage medium.
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New Backup System
If you are migrating to a new backup system we can assist in aligning all of your archive tape data so that it is compatible with your new infrastructure.

How it works

As part of a tape archive migration, we can convert and consolidate your archives onto one, unified platform of choice.

Each project is tailored to your needs, but here are just some of the services we can provide:

  • Recovery of any inaccessible data
  • Replication and de-duplication
  • Catalog and indexing report for future data mapping
  • Development of custom software and tools for the retrieval of archived data
  • Conversion of your legacy media in a secure, efficient and cost-effective manner
  • Accurate bit-for-bit copy of the source data, supplied back to you in the required format


Any tape format.

From reel-to-reel to the latest LTO tapes, we can cater for any type of magnetic storage, no matter how new or old the technology is.

Even if your media is damaged, our engineers can help using  proprietary tape recovery techniques. Here are just some of the tape formats we support, in any generation. Can’t see yours? Don’t worry, we can still help you.



Tape Capacity

3500 Series

3500 MP Series

5 to 700 GB

AIT Series | SAIT Series

8mm (AIT)

35 to 500 GB

Oracle (formerly StorageTek)
9800 Series | 10000 Series

9800 Series
10000 Series

40 to 1,000 GB

DLT Series | SDLT Series

DLT Series
SDLT Series

80 to 800 GB

Tandberg Data
DAT Series | LTO Series
SLR Series | VXA Series

4mm, 8mm (MP)
Ultrium (generation 1-5)

38 to 6000 GB

Quantum, HP, Sony
DDS Series | DAT Series

DDS 4 mm

20 to 40 GB

IBM, HP, Quantum, Sony
LTO Series

Ultrium (generation 1-6)

200 to 6000 GB

Any backup system.

Our expertise doesn’t end with tape; we also provide additional services to assist with the migration of backup systems:

We support all backup software brands, including:


Veritas NetBackup

Veritas Backup Exec

Microsoft® Backup

Catalogic® DPX



Data Protector




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Total data security.

We’re trusted by thousands of organizations every year with even the most sensitive data. We can provide you with:

  • Full chain of custody
  • Strict security protocols
  • Data returned on encrypted media
  • Secure courier service
  • Disposal of end-of-life media to government standards

Trust the tape migration experts

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

Here's just some of the reasons why companies all over the world choose Ontrack to migrate their tape data:

  • 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)