Tape drives are installed in the cleanest environment and require high quality, cleaning on a regular basis, and proper handling of the tape media. Improper or poor usage, handling, and storing of tape drives lead to tape drive corruptions or damages. Tape drives are developed to be operated in clean environment; dust particles, fibers and airborne particles can cause damage to the tape drive. The tape drives need clean environment because when a tape is installed to a tape drive, the clearance between the heads and the tape is measured in microns thus the particles can damage the tape or the head if they come in contact with either. The tape drive is generally used to save and restore system data files, to archive important records and to distribute operating system software upgrades. The needs are great but also are the consequences.
Tape media can get damage or corrupt due to mishandling, improper usage, damaged tape headers, erased tape drives, broken or de-spooled backup tapes, failed backup systems and tape libraries, unexpected system shutdowns or system failures. In this scenario, tape data recovery proves effective and user can always get back the lost data. There are two primary tape data recovery procedures – Physical and Logical. Physical data recovery comes into existence when there is physical problem with the tape media. This type of data recovery includes dealing with deteriorating magnetic coatings, broken tapes, twisted or folded tapes, cracked or sealed cartridges and also the tape media affected due to fire, water, mud, debris etc.
Logical data recovery is the most difficult and expensive data recovery process. This process includes recovery of files logically from the tape drives. Data which was successfully recorded on the media but now cannot be read for unknown reasons is recovered. This type of data recovery involves usage of tape recovery software . The tape data recovery software effectively restores and recovers the lost and inaccessible files and folders. The tape recovery utilities like Kernel tape recovery software effectively recovers missing, lost, deleted file (s) and folder (s) from all types of corrupt, damaged tapes like DLT, LTO, AIT, DAT and every other tape media type.
The author is a technical writer for Nucleus Data Recovery, the leading provider of data recovery software, data recovery services, tape recovery software, email recovery.
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