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The Facts

  • Back-up tapes release particles continuously -- whether used or not! -- and attract airborne contamination such as dust
  • These are the particles that foul the heads on tape drives -- so the need for regular head cleaning
  • Regular tape cleaning removes this contamination, restores correct tension and protects your vital data

Recommended Maintenance Schedule

  • Clean and Retension frequently-used tapes twice per year
  • Clean and Retension EVERY tape once a year
    Standards Australia AS3636.4 recommends 6-monthly cleaning of tape surface

The data remains intact during service

Benefits

  • Vital data -- whether current or archive -- is kept secure
  • Time-consuming retries and data checks dramatically reduced
  • Tape life significantly extended
  • Reduced Tape Replacement Expenditure
  • Tape Drive life extended due to less abrasive cleaning – less down-time
  • An integral part of Business Continuity Planning

Ask us how Telstra and Dimension Data retrieved “bad” tapes to go back into regular service!

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