Data recovery for Tape is specialised data recovery. Data Recovery Pro can recover data from all types of tape systems and devices.

Data recovery operations are a meticulous process, and recovering data from tapes is no exception. Tape data recovery basically involves two types of recovery, physical and logical.

Physical tape data recovery is necessary when there is a material problem with the iron oxides or plastic polymers which prevent the data from being read normally. This type of recovery may include dealing with issues such as decomposing magnetic coatings, cracked or broken reels/cartridges, broken/stretched/creased/twisted/folded tape, etc. While these physical issues are challenging to deal with, recovery from these types of cases can typically be achieved 100% of the time.

Logical tape data recovery proves more intricate, hence costlier. Carry out logical recovery entails recovering the data portion of a tape that was successfully recorded, and now unreadable. The recovery of these files often requires multiple passes, using proprietary software to restore the file. The file fragments are pieced back together, while the logically restructured file is written out to the appropriate output device.

Other forms of logical tape data recovery include tapes that were written with misaligned heads, and tapes that were mistakenly reinitialized. Each can be recovered, at least partially, using our exclusive software and procedures. With data recovery, you often only get one chance to do it right – therefore leave nothing to chance, contacting Data Recovery Pro. Our recovery service necessitates the shipping of your malfunctioning tapes to our location for our technicians and engineers to assess and determine the necessary steps to recover the data. Once the extent of recoverability is ascertained, and your consent/authorization given, recovery commences in speedily.

Data recovery is the process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible storage media when it cannot be accessed normally. Often the data is being salvaged from storage media such as LAPTOPS, internal or external hard disk drives, solid-state drives (SSD), USB flash drive, storage tapes, CDs, DVDs, RAID, and other electronics. Recovery may be required due to physical damage to the storage device or logical damage to the file system that prevents it from being mounted by the host operating system.

The most common "data recovery" scenario involves an operating system (OS) failure (typically on a single-disk, single-partition, single-OS system), in which case the goal is simply to copy all wanted files to another disk. This can be easily accomplished with a Live CD, most of which provide a means to mount the system drive and backup disks or removable media, and to move the files from the system disk to the backup media with a file manager or optical disc authoring software. Such cases can often be mitigated by disk partitioning and consistently storing valuable data files (or copies of them) on a different partition from the replaceable OS system files.

Another scenario involves a disk-level failure, such as a compromised file system or disk partition, or a hard disk failure. In any of these cases, the data cannot be easily read. Depending on the situation, solutions involve repairing the file system, partition table or master boot record, or hard disk recovery techniques ranging from software-based recovery of corrupted data to hardware replacement on a physically damaged disk. If hard disk recovery is necessary, the disk itself has typically failed permanently, and the focus is rather on a one-time recovery, salvaging whatever data can be read.

In a third scenario, files have been "deleted" from a storage medium. Typically, the contents of deleted files are not removed immediately from the drive; instead, references to them in the directory structure are removed, and the space they occupy is made available for later overwriting. In the meantime, the original file contents remain, often in a number of disconnected fragments, and may be recoverable.

The term "data recovery" is also used in the context of forensic applications or espionage, where data which has been encrypted or hidden, rather than damaged, is recovered.