QIC Tape Data Recovery Services

Quarter-inch cartridge (QIC) is a data storage format first introduced in the early 1970s and refined by a number of manufacturers to allow for high storage capacities and fast transfer speeds. Some of the most popular QIC cartridge technologies include Travan, SLR, QIC-Wide, DC and QIC-EX.

QIC Tape Data Recovery

Our engineers have years of experience with QIC tapes and provide fast, secure results.

A QIC cartridge consists of a thin reel of 1/4-inch wide tape, but the size of the tape and the cartridge components vary greatly from one manufacturer to the next. Businesses often use QIC cartridges for long-term data storage due to the high availability and low costs of both QIC tape drives and media. Many backup programs support QIC, but because the cartridges have a low capacity compared to super tapes like LTO, QIC is best for single-system use.

All magnetic data tapes are somewhat fragile, and while the small size of QIC provides some protection against impact damage, the cartridges can still lose data due to broken components, permanent mid-file errors, flood, fire, smoke and physical breaks or folds in tape. Poor storage conditions can also accelerate oxide loss with older QIC cartridges, leading to storage-related data loss that may go undetected for years.

Secure Data Recovery Services is a leading provider of QIC tape repair, data recovery and tape transfer services. We operate a network that includes dozens of facilities across the United States, and with excellent security controls, a certified Cleanroom and state-of-the-art data recovery technology, we offer a safe, effective resource for businesses and personal computer users.

The Challenges of QIC Tape Repair and Recovery

Data recovery engineers need experience with serpentine and linear recording formats in order to work with QIC cartridges. As businesses use different applications to store information, data recovery laboratories must also have specialized software and equipment optimized for different types of backup software.

Most importantly, data recovery companies need to treat physically damaged data cartridges in a safe, clean environment. Airborne dust and contaminants can damage sensitive tape media, and in order to repair tape folds, spooling issues and component damage, data recovery engineers need access to a certified Cleanroom.

At Secure Data Recovery Services, we treat all physically damaged media in a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom. This specialized environment allows fewer than 10 microscopic contaminants per cubic foot of air. In comparison, the Class 100 Cleanroom technology used by many of our competitors allows 100 contaminants. We take media safety seriously and test our Cleanroom regularly to give our clients safe, efficient tape data recovery services.

Secure Data Recovery Services offers several priority levels for QIC data recovery cases. If you need the fastest possible recovery, our emergency services are available 24/7/365 with an average turnaround of less than 48 hours.

A Secure, Reliable Tape Data Recovery Provider

We protect our clients' files during data recovery procedures by utilizing closed networks and excellent security protocols. Secure Data Recovery Services was the first tape recovery company to earn a SSAE 18 Type II certification, an important security credential that shows our commitment to quality.

We regularly engage independent audits of our facilities, networks and security procedures to ensure compliance with industry standards and federal laws. Secure Data Recovery Services has more relevant security credentials than any other QIC tape recovery provider, and all of our audit reports and certification documents are easily accessible through our website.

Secure Data Recovery Services is:

  • SSAE 18 Type II Certification
  • SAS 70 Certified
  • PCI Security Certified
  • A Certified General Services Administration (GSA) Contractor
  • An Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Member
  • A Certified Green Business

We offer data recovery for QIC cartridges through more than a dozen offices across the United States, and each office uses the same dependable security procedures when handling media. Secure Data Recovery Services keeps your data safe before, during and after our engineers recover your files.

Starting a QIC Tape Data Recovery Case

Because oxide loss and other storage-related issues can complicate the data recovery process, we recommend fast treatment for any non-functioning or inaccessible QIC cartridge. Never attempt to recover your data or replace damaged cartridge components outside of a certified Cleanroom environment.

Contact our customer service department today to set up a no-risk evaluation. Each evaluation provides a free analysis of media failure, an estimated turnaround time and an accurate price quote.

Schedule a free data cartridge evaluation at a nearby office by calling our 24/7 customer service line.