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Tape Storage Services

As data recovery experts, it’s our job to know how to restore, migrate, and catalog data from any tape type or format. Here are some ways our team can help your business:



Following strict security protocols, our certified engineers can restore any type of tape media, safely recovering sensitive data. And our tape audit service will let you know whether your data is readily accessible, providing insight into what has been kept beyond the retention period.



Choose any tape format or backup system for our experts to migrate your data. Our data migration and data copying services can be requested to be done on-site or off-site.



Archiving tape data may seem like a tough job, especially if it's been around for a while. Let us organize your legacy information and make it easier to manage.

What's the device you have an issue with today?


SalvageData has the expertise to recover data from all tape types, formats, and backup systems, including ntbackup, Symanntec, BackupExec, Veeam, and Tar/linux.

Linear Tape-Open is a magnetic type tape storage. It has maximum encryption technology guaranteeing high-level data protection.

The worldwide-known brand for data storage tapes, IBM tapes help businesses to simplify data management and increase data security.

Quarter Inch Cartridge is a magnetic tape that has been around since 1972. Businesses often use QIC for long-term data storage, since it has a low cost. But it also has a low storage capacity.

Digital Audio Tape is a data storage tape technology that offers reliable, cost-effective, direct-attached backup that easily meets the needs of businesses. It has great storage capacity and efficiency for backup.

These tapes have the lowest cost and are connected directly to a computer’s diskette controller. Their data can suffer accidental deletion, but they are still a secure way to save data.

The D-eight tape is usually used for backup data. Although a reliable choice for data storage, it has limited capacity, going around 60GB.

QIC and DAT are common examples of a 4mm data tape. They are greatly used for backups due to their cost-effectiveness and security.

WORM stands for Write Once Read Many. A tape data storage with this function cannot be modified once it’s written. This write protection ensures that the data cannot be changed once it’s saved to the device.

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Since 2003, SalvageData has been pioneering in data recovery industry and has been the first to obtain ISO 9001 certification.

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It’s simple: on the unlikely chance that the data is unrecoverable, there’s no charge for our data recovery attempt.

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Get an expert evaluation to find out exactly what’s the issue is with your device and determine the complexity of the recovery.

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We offer a range of turnaround times that you can choose from so you can get your data recovered as fast as you need it.

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Count on our 24/7 emergency tape storage recovery options. Call now to speak with a data recovery advisor and get your data recovered ASAP.

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How Tape Data Recovery works

Tape data recovery is the process of recovering data from a tape drive or other tape-based storage device. This can include physical damage to the tape media itself, logical damage to the data format, or corruption of the data due to a hardware or software failure.


Tape data recovery begins with a process of physical inspection and diagnosis of the damaged tape. Get started right now and call our data recovery advisors who are available 24/7, or simply fill out our quote calculator form.


Our highly qualified engineers can quickly and accurately identify the problem. This can include checking for physical damage to the media, identifying bad sectors, or trying to determine if there is any logical damage to the data format. If the data is found to be logically corrupted, it may be possible to use specialized software to repair the damage and recover the data.

Review Results

We provide a list of the recovered items as soon as possible for your review. This allows you to make sure nothing is missing and assures us that our efforts were successful. Our policy is: No data, no charge!


Once the amount of recovered data has been determined, we will send you the quote for the recovery services. The final price is normally based on the complexity of the recovery, so that logical errors are usually cheaper than mechanical failures.

Receive data

There are several ways we can deliver your data to you. The retrieved files can either be transferred along with the drive via safe shipping, by downloading the data onto a new device, or simply by sending it over digitally.


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With 40+ convenient locations located across North America, our data recovery experts are near and ready to help. Contact us or submit a case today to learn more about how we can help resolve your data recovery needs.

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Answers, insights, and FAQ

How do I get my data back from you? 2019-07-23T14:59:57-05:00

Based on the size of data restored from your tape data storage, we can send it to a new external media, or send it via download. Data download limitations are 50 GB for economy service, 100 GB for expedited, and 500 GB for an emergency.

Will I receive a list of the files recovered? 2019-07-23T15:22:48-05:00

Yes. Before proceeding with any payments, you will be provided with a list of the data we were able to retrieve for review and approval.

Is a cleanroom used to work on tape storage? 2019-07-19T14:02:11-05:00

Yes. Whenever our engineers need to physically open the media during recovery, we employ our certified ISO-5 cleanroom.

How often is a recovery successful? 2019-07-23T15:02:41-05:00

With more than a decade of experience, SalvageData can boast over 90% successful recovery rate on tape storage media.

What if my data is unrecoverable? 2019-04-04T14:14:55-05:00

In case your tape storage is found to be unrestorable, you will be given the choice to either safely dispose of the device, or have it returned by mail. The cost of return shipping is at the customer's expense.

Does the price change based on how much data I want recovered? 2019-04-03T15:32:22-05:00

No. The amount of data being recovered does not impact price. The price reflects parts needed and labor to recover data.

Is there a cancellation fee? 2019-07-19T12:36:08-05:00

A client may request to cancel the service project at any point before the recovery is accepted. If the customer has already approved service based on the quote provided by SALVAGEDATA Recovery and provided a credit card, a cancellation fee equal or the greater of either $200 or 20% of the quoted service fee will apply.

How much does hard drive data recovery cost? 2019-07-23T14:54:24-05:00

It varies – but in general, hard drive recovery costs $300-$1000 for more minor fixes and $1100-$1900 for more major incidents such as disk crashes or water damage.

Can I get an estimate? 2019-09-01T03:07:22-05:00

Yes, everyone receives an estimate. To best determine how much your recovery will be, your device will need to be analyzed in the lab beforehand. Please go to

Where are you located? 2020-08-25T10:45:13-05:00

SalvageData is located all across the country but our headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio. To find out your nearest drop off location please click here.

Typically a hard drive failure. Your system could be struggling for a variety of reasons, but it is likely due to a mechanical or logical error in your hard drive.

This issue could be an electrical issue due to a power surge or faulty power supply. Depending on how urgent files are needed, searching for backup file information is your best temporary fix while your device is being worked on. If files are not backed up, that does not mean the information is gone for good.

Irregular noises such as these coming from your hard drive are not a good sign. You should turn off your device in a logical manner to prevent any further damage, then contact us.

Error messages are often an indication there is a logical error with your hard drive. On occasion, this can be fixed using data recovery software.

This could be due to a problem with the BIOS settings, a physical hard drive issue, or a connection failure. If the drive is removed and inserted into a different computer but is unable to work properly, you should contact a data recovery professional immediately.

When a hard drive physically stops working, that is the crash. When this happens, a drive can fail to boot, respond slowly, or not power on at all. A computer not turning on is a sign that the hard drive could have crashed.

What is the Best Data Recovery Service?

The best tape data recovery service combines experience, certified expertise, and efficient customer service. We are SalvageData.


We can confidently say that we are the best HDD data recovery service providers you can find. With our team of certified experts, SOC Type-3 certified security, and full-sized ISO-5 cleanroom, SalvageData has the infrastructure and customer support system that makes us standout from any competition.

Here's how what makes SalvageData the top data recovery provider:

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Easy access to specialty parts from DonorDrives which helps lower the cost of the recovery
Robust partner program that offers professional and personalized service to our clients across the US
Apple Independent Repair Provider as well as a partner in Apple Business Chat
Dual gigabit network technology allows for faster and secure download of recovered data
Partnership with Fedex for a worry-free device drop-off experience at any of Fedex’s over 2.000 locations
Official Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) and GSA Advantage! Contract Holder for the U.S. GSA and cleared for high security data
Listed under the GSA's Cooperative Purchasing and Disaster Purchasing Program
One of the highest successful recovery rates worldwide, with a mission to take on every complex case
Mission to continually improve local services, parts availability, data security, and acquire updated industry certifications
Constant innovation to provide the best customer support with smart technology and case tracking updates


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