3 Ways TTR Can Help Get the Most From Your Tape Backup System

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By Linda J

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Tape drive backup systems are very popular with many kinds of companies, since they are convenient, inexpensive, and simple to operate. Not every data recovery service can work with a tape drive, though, and even fewer can recover tape drive data loss. What’s more, only companies like TTR deal with all major tape backup brands, like Sony, StorageTek, and Exabyte and much more.

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In fact, you might not even be aware of all the ways we can help you get the most from your tape backup system. Here are three of the most important things we can do, as a leading tape data recovery provider:

  • Help you recover or salvage files from a damaged tape drive. When you can no longer access your tape drives, and need access to the info quickly, TTR should be your only call.
  • Image and transfer data from tape drives to another format. Whether you need to recover data or just move it, we can help you transfer from one storage format to another.
  • Assess and catalog the information stored on unmarked tapes. It isn’t unusual for our clients to have lots of unmarked, uncataloged tapes lying around. Let us help you catalog and access the data for future storage and use.

The information kept on your company tape drive is only valuable and reliable if you can access it when you need to. That’s why so many owners and executives turn to TTR when they need to recover important information – our team has the skills, experience, and equipment needed to get the job done.

Pros and Cons of using Tape Storage Media

Tape backup system is still widely used until today, especially by large companies including banks, financial firms, and many more. The use of magnetic system is not only inexpensive but ensures that data is stored longer for future use. However, like any other device, magnetic tapes do have their advantages and disadvantages.

Pros and Cons of using Tape Storage Media

  • Cost effective
    Magnetic tape data storage is relatively cost-effective in that it is made of cheaper magnetized plastic tape and it requires less electricity to operate as compared to other storage devices.
  • Portable
    A magnetic tape data storage is lightweight making it very portable and easy to transport and kept in a safe location.
  • Secure from online hacking
    The fact that magnetic tape data storage is an offline device makes it safe from hackers that lurks in the internet world.
  • Longevity
    A magnetic tape data storage can store data to last around 30 years. This makes it superior than other media storage devices like the hard disk which can store data for about 3 - 5 years; flash storage which can store data for up to 10 years; and DVDs and CDs that can store information for up to 10 years.

The disadvantages of using magnetic tapes for data backups

  • Costly initial investment and maintenance
    Setting up a tape backup system buying expensive specialized equipment upfront. Tape media should also be kept in extremely clean environment to prevent dust and dirt from penetrating the cartridges.
  • Slow data retrieval process
    While storing data tapes is easier, the same could not be said about locating and retrieving data from a magnetic tape. Magnetic tapes uses sequential access compared to digital storage devices like a hard disk drive which allows users random access. So, to find needed data, one need to go through all the data stored before it.
    Writing and reading data onto the magnetic tape storage is also slower not only because of its sequential nature but also because it needs to rewound and its bit density is much lower compared to a digital drive. Also, labeling and logging tape drives can be a tedious task.
  • Physical and environmental damage
    Magnetic tape drives are susceptible to damages caused by extreme temperature, humidity, strong magnetic fields, mishandling, and dust.
  • Individual files are difficult to recover
    Since magnetic tapes use sequential data access, finding and restoring a specific file can be a difficult task.
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