Data Services

Source Data’s history as a world-class tape media storage products provider and our large facilities give us a unique advantage in handling large and complex conversion, duplication, destruction and recovery of data from all media types.

Conversion Services

(Data, Media, Format and Optical)

Source Data provides tape media conversion service for all tape media types and 1000s of formats.


Tape Media Formats

* Open Reel (600', 1200', 2400', 3600')
* 3480, 3490, 3490e, 3490eXL, 3490eMax, 3590, 3590e
* 3570 B & C
* AIT1, AIT2, AIT3
* DDS-1, DDS-2, DDS-3, DDS-4
* 4mm and 8MM
* Travan
* Quarter-Inch Cartridge (QIC) Media
* Ultrium LTO and LTO 2
* 3.5" and 5.25" WORM and ReWritable
* And much more

* IBM Labeled
* Unix
* AS400 Type U Labelled Tape
* ArcServe
* ICL2900
* Ericsson Optical
* Burroughs
* Colorado Backup
* Novell Netware
* And much more


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Duplication Services

When you need to duplicate large quantities of critical tape, Source Data can provide a complete service including labeling and packaging. We have a wide array of tape drives of expertise so you don’t have to make that investment.

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Data Recovery Services

Source Data can provide a physical (damage to the media or plastics) or logical (unable to access files on the tape) data recovery from virtually all backup applications and media types.

Examples of Data Recovery Services include:

* Damaged or broken tapes
* Heat, smoke, fire and water damage
* Media Errors
* Data residing after an EOF Mark (Overwritten Data)
* Damage resulting from the tape drive
* Reformatted/Erased tapes
* Internal cartridge mechanism failing
* Incomplete backups
* Permanent errors residing mid file
* Damage as a result of aging (past warranty)

Hard Drive Recovery
Source Data can repair and recover inaccessible data from nearly all types of hard drive systems. Hard drive data recovery involves replacing failed components such as read/write heads, head assemblies, magnets and drive motors in a clean environment. In most cases, the recovery process involves restructuring of the data by examining the low-level data sectors and determining what fixes to filesystem structures are needed to get access to the data. Using highly sophisticated techniques and proprietary equipment and software, our engineers are able to fix and recover data from raw images of all operating systems.

Examples of Hard Drive Recovery Services include:

* Hard disk failure
* Failed components (read/write heads, head assemblies, magnets, drive motors, etc)
* File deletion
* Application crash
* Computer viruses and worms
* Damage due to a power failure or surge
* Corrupt or missing critical file system structures
* Drives that have been formatted
* Partitioning or boot-up problems

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Data & Media Destruction Services

After a major media or data conversion or copying job, you may be faced with many old tapes that need disposal. Source Data can provide Media Destruction services with guaranteed security. All tapes can be completely degaussed before destruction and then disposed of in compliance with all local and HIPPA environmental regulations. Some parts may also be recycled. Source Data will provide a certificate of media destruction if required.


There are two types of destruction:


Data Destruction: Often referred to as "Degaussing", or erasing data from the physical tape. This process does not destroy the media itself, only the recorded data. Data Destruction, or Degaussing can be done at your site, or at a Source Data Service Center. If completed at your location, Source Data will provide all equipment and labor to complete the Data Destruction process.


Media Destruction: This service destroys the physical media itself. Typically, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) frowns upon simply "throwing tapes away" since they are not a biodegradable product. This action would also raise certain security questions in many of today's corporate auditors’ minds. Therefore, Source Data offers a Media Destruction Service whereby the media is destroyed and disposed of in an environmentally acceptable manner. We also provide a "Certificate of Media Destruction" that meets most auditor requirements.

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