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Total Data Eradication for Computer Tape

Recycling used or new surplus computer tape has never been easier. Not only is it environmentally friendly, selling old or surplus tape has another benefit: Instead of paying for disposal, companies can profit from the sale of decommissioned tape.

Best of all, World Data Products guarantees total data eradication.

Not all computer tape resellers have the standards required for total data eradication. Some companies simply rewrite the tape header. In this case, the tape drive will consider the tape to be empty because the header is clean, but the data is still there. This means that there is still a chance the data on the tape could be read. Other companies overwrite a portion of the tape but don't erase the entire tape from end to end. Data Erasure is a time-consuming process that can take up to two hours per LTO tape.

This is our process at World Data Products:

  1. Audit the tapes by Volser. This audit is compared to the list of tapes that are approved to be destroyed. While this might seem to be an unnecessary step, we can assure you that many tapes are accidentally destroyed when an audit is not performed.
  2. Overwrite each tape from end to end.
  3. Read and write each tape from end to end.
  4. Provide a certification letter. This will serve as proof that the data on the tapes was completely eradicated, tracing each tape by Volser.

To learn more about the World Data Products Total Data Eradication Guarantee, request a short consultation with a Certified Tape Specialist. Also, take a look at our other Tape Library Services including data migration and secure transportation.