LTO-2 Tape Data Recovery and Repair Services

Secure Data Recovery Services specializes in LTO-2 tape data recovery and media transfer. Our engineers have worked with LTO-2 since the format's release in 2003, and we offer fast turnaround times, flexible service options and reliable results through more than 40 offices.

LTO-2 Tape Data Recovery

Because the LTO-2 format uses sensitive magnetic tape, our engineers work in a carefully controlled environment when performing repairs.

The second generation of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium standard introduced unprecedented storage capabilities for an open-format tape. Many businesses switched directly from DLT to LTO-2 as a result of the latter's strong performance benchmarks and high capacity, and today, many businesses still use LTO-2 for archival backups.

As with other modern magnetic data tape formats, LTO-2 is exceptionally reliable. However, LTO-2 tapes do not offer perfect protection against data loss.

Some of the common causes of data loss on LTO-2 tapes include:

  • Permanent Mid-file Errors
  • Tape Drive Damage Resulting in Cartridge Damage
  • Damage From Humidity or Water
  • Smoke and Fire Damage
  • Impact Damage Resulting in Broken Tape Components
  • Oxide Issues Resulting From Long Periods of Storage
  • Accidental Overwrites and Deletion

We offer free diagnostics to help your business create an effective plan for any damaged tape cartridge or library. Our team will quickly analyze your media to provide a price quote and turnaround estimate, and if you approve our quote, you can choose from a comprehensive set of service options to manage your system downtime. Contact our customer service team today to get started.

What to Do When an LTO-2 Tape Cartridge Fails

Tape data loss symptoms vary due to differences in backup programs and tape drives/libraries. For example, during tape drive diagnostics, many IBM LTO-2 drives will generate one or more error codes indicating issues with source media. However, an LTO-2 drive cannot definitively diagnose physical or logical data errors, and in some cases, a failed drive may result in inaccurate error codes.

If you cannot read data from an LTO-2 tape cartridge, we recommend keeping a copy of the error log and shutting down the tape drive to prevent additional damage. Do not run diagnostics if you have not already taken this step. Never attempt to recover your own data if you notice a physical tape issue. Immediately contact the experts at Secure Data Recovery Services to discuss your options.

Proprietary LTO-2 Tape Data Recovery Technology

Data recovery companies need to prevent airborne contaminants from contacting the sensitive magnetic tape of LTO-2 cartridges. As with the first generation of LTO Ultrium technology, the LTO-2 has a tape thickness of only 8.9 micrometers (µm). Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the only providers in the country to treat damaged devices in a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom, which allows for high recovery rates and fast turnaround times.

Whether or not your business uses the full 400GB-compressed storage capacity of each LTO-2 cartridge, you need to make sure that recovered data stays secure and private. We maintain a SSAE 18 Type II security certification, and our teams always store recovered data on safe, closed networks.

Reasons to use our LTO-2 tape data recovery services:

  • Reliable Results with a 96 Percent Success Rate
  • Risk-Free Diagnostics for LTO-2 Data Recovery
  • Advanced Security Credentials and Compliance Certifications
  • 24/7/365 Emergency Option for LTO-Ultrium Media
  • Advanced Options for Media Transfer, RAID Repair and Other Services

Secure Data Recovery Services operates offices across the United States. Wherever your business is located, we offer fast, reliable solutions for LTO-2 and other LTO Ultrium media. Our engineers are always ready to help you create a plan for your cartridges, and we offer a no recovery, no charge guarantee with every case. To get started, schedule a free media diagnosis by contacting our customer service team today.