When it comes to legacy data on tape, what you don’t know can hurt you. When finding poorly marked or unlabeled backup tapes it can be vital to determine the tape's contents prior to making any archive destruction decisions.
Pitfalls of Unknown Data
- Accidentally destroying archive data still within its legal retention period
- Compliance issues
- Missed data pertaining to litigation request
- Increased time to search and restore data from unlabeled or mislabeled tapes
Tape audit process and consultation
All tape audits can be tailored to your needs, but our basic process includes:
- Review archive and backup tapes currently in use. We search for tapes that might be unsupported by your current IT infrastructure.
- Check for accessibility to the data. It is important to know what storage technology you have in-house and to verify that your staff has the skills and time required to access legacy data.
- Analyze tapes for end of life data. Secure end-of-life data destruction can make or break an organization. It is important that end-of-life data is destroyed effectively and in a timely manner.
- Evaluate the condition of the tapes. Periodically testing the health of your tape archive avoids discovering damaged tapes during a time-critical restoration request.
Ontrack will perform a health check on your tapes and recover the data from any damaged media.
Included in our service:
- An electronic catalogue with a full listing of all data stored on each tape
- Data integrity reports
- Support for all tape and media formats
- Media health testing including reports for legacy media determining age, expiration data and contamination
- Reporting of any inconsistencies