Tape Data Recovery – While working through the debris following a flooding disaster, or where there has been a high volume of water from fire suppressants such as sprinkler systems, fire-fighter’s efforts, you find some backup tapes. Is there anything that you can be done to recover the data from these tapes? Or, will the effects of water have destroyed any possibility of seeing the data again?
The extent of the exposure to water will have a major impact on the effort required for data recovery, and indeed whether any data will be recoverable. Whether the effort required is worthwhile will depend on the value of the data, if you are lucky enough to still have records about tapes contents and to be able to identify the tapes then you might be able to segregate the tapes.
How to Tape Data Recovery?
So, now you have some tapes. What will you do next?
Step One – Pre-categorisation of the tapes
Try to categorise tapes in accordance with their importance. This acts rely on being able to read physical labels, and there being some surviving records, nevertheless if you can do this it could save time, money, and prevent time being wasted on a tape from which data is not requires.
Step Two – Prioritisation
Divide the required tapes by the term of their exposure, think of this as a triage process. This will enable the rather speedy handling of tapes with minor problems, while those with more serious issues are assessed.
At this point, you might be in contact with a data recovery expert with a view to using their services, well you don’t want to be alocating money on getting data from tapes where there is a bit of water dash on the case, unless you have considerable expertise with tape data recovery problems then trying to dealt with media that has been drench in mud or effluent is possibly not the best idea.