Tape Data Recovery? Is It Easy To Perform

By: Edmundsmith
There are many people that are both curious and skeptical on how can tape compete with their counterpart, harddisk drive. When the tape lost its data, it have to perform a tape data recovery immediately so as to prevent further losses that could have an negative impact on the business operations of organizations.

Although the tape cartridge is a piece of durable storage media, it can still be damaged from smoke, water, or simply dropping it to the ground. It's life span can be shortened by extreme exposure from high temperature, internal failure mechanism, or sector-errors that are situated right in the middle of the tape's life.

With more organizations using tape as a storage media, damages done by water, absence of oxide, folds in the tape material, sliced edges, bad oxide and even frictional damage tape data can be recovered from tapes. There are generally two types of tape data recovery. These are known as physical recovery and logical recovery.

What is actually physical tape data recovery?

It is needed from there is an actual physical damage to the tape. It can be something to do with the plastics or the cartridge that are preventing the data to be read properly.

Physical damages are needed due to the deterioration of magnetic coatings on the actual tape surface, cracked wheels, twisted tape, creased tape edges, broken tape, stretched tape, or any other damages connected with the actual tape itself.

Some trained technicians that are dealing in tape recovery guarantee a high recovery rate as high as 98 percent. With such high success rate, it is obvious they know what they are doing and are very good at what they do. Do you agree?

When you have dropped your tape into mud, water or simply dropped from high levels, and felt that there could be some damaged done to the tape. It is important to get the tape to those recovery companies and get them repair as soon as possible.

Logical recovery

Due to its complicated procedures, logical tape data recovery is much more expensive in most cases.

When the data was successfully written onto the tape, but for some unknown reasons, it cannot be read or written, or simply there is no visible form of damage to the tape on the body itself.

The recovery of datafiles in logical recovery requires the expert professional to use multiple versions of the recovery software and take many "passes" at the tape using it.

It is quite normal to retrieve back the lost tape data, but the success rate of using logical recovery methods is much lower than using physical recovery methods.
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