TK50 Tape Data Recovery Services

Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the only professional tape repair companies offering services for all DLT and CompacTape media, including TK50 and TZ30 cartridges. By repairing physical issues and using proprietary software to resolve file errors, we can return a full copy of your missing CompacTape data in a matter of days.

TK50 Tape Data Recovery

We maintain working TK50 tape drives and can safely repair damaged CompacTape media.

The TK50/TZ30 tape drive series could read and write information to CompacTape, a precursor of the popular Digital Linear Tape (DLT) format. In the 1980s, CompacTape revolutionized large-scale data storage, providing businesses and institutions with a way to create long-term data archives.

The TK50 and TZ30 could attain data transfer speeds of 0.045 megabytes per second, which was relatively fast when the drives were released in the mid-1980s. CompacTape cartridges could store a native 0.1-0.3 gigabytes of data, and while many businesses transferred their archives to other formats, there are some TK50 and TZ30 drives in use today.

Some of the most common causes of data loss for TK50 media include:

  • Sunlight Exposure, High Humidity and Other Storage-Related Issues
  • Damage from Physical Impacts
  • Oxide Loss and Tape Decay
  • Accidental Overwrites and Deletion
  • Permanent Errors Residing Mid-File
  • Z-Folds, Breaks and Other Physical Tape Issues

Secure Data Recovery Services has a capable staff of tape repair experts, and we offer no-risk media evaluations for all DLT media. Each report provides a price quote and turnaround estimate, which you can review and approve before we start work on your case, and our no recovery, no charge guarantee gives you peace of mind throughout the process. Contact our customer service team today to get started.

A Custom Option for TK50 Tape Data Recovery

Data recovery engineers need to exercise extreme caution when working with legacy media. The CompacTape format is nearly 30 years old, and many older tapes suffer from oxide loss and other issues that can seriously impede tape repair efforts. Many data recovery providers also have trouble locating working drives that can read CompacTape formats.

For the best possible chances of a successful recovery, engineers should treat damaged TK50 tape cartridge media in a controlled environment with limited contamination. Secure Data Recovery Services performs all TK50 tape data recovery procedures in a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom, which allows fewer than 10 contaminants in each cubic foot of laboratory air.

Our engineers also have experience with the entire CompacTape and DLT tape cartridge family, and we use proprietary techniques to deliver the best results possible in every case. We offer several service levels including a 24/7/365 tape repair service with an average turnaround time of 24 hours.

What to Do When a TK50 Tape Cartridge Fails

If you cannot read data with a TK50 drive, immediately turn the drive off. Never attempt to fix your own drive or repair a cartridge with tape damage, as this can cause damage in an uncontrolled environment.

Likewise, if you have not read your TK50 media in the last several years, we do not recommend that you attempt to read your tapes without professional assistance. Tape decay can cause your media to break down during read/write procedures, potentially resulting in serious physical issues. Contact a professional data recovery provider as soon as possible.

Our facilities provide:

  • Total Success Rates of Over 96 Percent
  • Proprietary Technology and SSAE 18 Type II Security Certification
  • Safe Treatment in a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom
  • A No Data Recovery, No Charge Guarantee with Every Case
  • Flexible Options Including Same-Day 24/7/365 Emergency Services
  • RAID Repair, Tape Migration and Other Advanced Options

Secure Data Recovery Services offers free turnaround time and cost estimates through dozens of facilities across the United States. As the industry's leading TK50 tape data recovery company, we offer high success rates with best-in-class security, and our teams are always ready to help your business avoid downtime. For more information or to schedule free diagnostics, call our 24/7 TK50 data recovery line today.