At end of life, Tapes, Harddrives and CD's should be securely destroyed. TMS provide this service as part of our offsite storage / data protections services.
Tapes, CD's and Harddrives are shredded.
Many years ago we approached an electrical engineering company to build a dequasser. During these discussions and tests with their engineers we discovered how difficult it is to erase data completely off modern high density tapes. After this, we did not proceed with the degausser build, and decided never to offer deguassing services, as we could not risk compromise our customers secure data.
3590, 3590E, 9840, 9940 and LTO cartridges all contain factory pre-recorded servo tracks, and therefore must not be bulk erased.
Dumping tapes in a landfill is a very inexpensive way of getting rid of old tapes. TMS does not offer this service, as we do not want to compromise our customers secure data. And we do not want to appear on a Current Affair for example..."Corporate Data Tapes for XYZ Company found in landfill" This is not an option for a professional company such as TMS.
When tapes are at their end of life, have them securely (physically) destroyed. Many companies send their tapes to dealers to have them recertified, they are then resold to other companies, thus potentially exposing data breaches.
There are serious concerns that the recertificaction of tapes can lead to there being identifiable data still on the tape after the process. For more information regarding the use of second hand tapes and recertification, please download the attached document provided by Imation Corp.
Further information regarding tape; care and handling, media manufacturers, grey imports, warranty, bulk erasure and airport metal detectors please go to the Customers FAQ page.