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Tape Recovery

Due to the design and functionality of Linear Tape Cartridges, reading and extracting data can become a complicated and laborious process needing specialised skills.

Disklabs engineers are highly skilled and professionally trained to handle tape recovery situations. Our Class-100 clean room in our laboratory ensures that your data is always secure and professionally handled.

Starting with a telephone consultation on our free phone number, you will be provided with the help and expertise you need in order to put your data back into a more productive environment. Once your media is received it will undergo a full diagnostic evaluation in our secure data recovery lab. This will allow our engineers to accurately diagnose the problem with your media and provide you with a price for the full data recovery process.

Once you have approved the quote, our highly trained engineers will then perform the data recovery process, working low level (using hexadecimal) in order to fully recover the data from the damaged media.

Please contact us through the forms below and we will contact you within 1 working day with a quote for your work.

'Disklabs Tape Data Recovery can recover your data and reduce you downtime to an absolute minimum, saving you thousands in lost revenue.'

It is a standard practice to back up computer systems and servers on to tape drives. They are considered fast and efficient, and can be, however, tapes can be written incorrectly, have early end of data markers, or become corrupt over an extended period of time. Disklabs Data Recovery and Computer Forensic Services have recovered tapes that have become corrupt due to many situations including: Accidental overwrite of data, incorrectly inserted tapes, 'chewn up' tapes, tapes with de-oxidised corruptions, and many more. Disklabs Data Recovery and Computer Forensic Services utilise software and hardware techniques to ensure maximum data is retrieved. Our in-house coders are always striving to ensure the best recovery of data is available to you.

We have a recovery process that includes the following tape formats:

■ 4mm
■ 8mm Quantum and DLT tapes
■ Seagate, AIT, OnStream, ADR and Travan tapes
■ QIC mini cartridge tapes
■ Reel-to-reel data tapes
■ 9-track tape recovery and conversion
■ 1/2" tape reels
■ 1/4" Cartridge

Disklabs Data Recovery and Computer Forensic Services will thoroughly examine your tape for any kind of damage, whether it is physical or logical, before any attempt is made to recover the data. Our first concern is to secure a copy of your data to the fullest extent possible; this can be achieved by performing a low-level read of your tape. We will then work from a secure copy of your data, (held on our main storage servers, then copied over to an individual workstation), to identify the format and determine what utility will be needed to complete the recovery.

'Your RAID system has failed, and now everyone is banking on the untested tape back-up to save the day.'

Financial, regulatory and legal requirements dictate that companies retain data and have it readily available for production upon request. Most companies believe they have such a capability but learn at a very inconvenient (and potentially expensive) time that this is not the case.

In the world of Electronic Discovery, also known as Computer Forensics, the investigators job is to accurately extract data from storage media and to examine it in a forensically sound manner for potentially relevant data or evidence. Disklabs Data Recovery and Computer Forensics can examine this data, and produce a report which can then be used as evidence in a court of law. Should there be a requirement for someone to interpret this information, then our Expert Witness trained staff are able to testify for and on behalf of your client.

Possible reasons for Tape Recovery

Accidental deletion of data
Accidental deletions
Accidentally deleted records
Accidentally overwritten database files
Applications that are unable to run or load data
Applications that is unable to run or load data
Back up Failures
Broken Tapes
Computer virus and worm damage
Computer Worm damage
Controller Failure
Controller Malfunction
Corrupt files/data
Corrupted data
Corrupted database files
Damage from Lightning, Floods, and Fires
Damaged files or folders
Damaged Motor
Data corrupted
Directory Corruption
Employee Sabotage or Deletions
Fire or water damageFlood
Head Crash

Human Error
Impact damage
Intentionally damaged tapes
Locked databases preventing access
Lost/Forgotten Password
Mechanical Failure
Media Damage
Overwritten Tapes
Power Spike
Power Supply Burn out or failure.
Server Corruption and Failures
Smoke or Chemical Damaged Tapes
Strange clicking noises
Surface contamination and damage
Unable to recognise backup files
Unable to run or load data
User Error
Vibration damage
Virus attack
Virus attacks
Virus Corruptions and Deletions
Virus Infection
Water damaged tapes
Water, coffee and other liquid damage