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Xero
Occasional Visitor

Read data on tape

We degauss our backup tapes and want to be sure that no data remains on tape. What is the best way to do this?

Is there software that can attempt to read data on tapes then let you view it?
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Viveki
Trusted Contributor

Re: Read data on tape

What was the OS/utility to create the tape? Check using the same.
Xero
Occasional Visitor

Re: Read data on tape

Don't know... were given the tapes.
we just need to verify the data is gone.
Viveki
Trusted Contributor

Re: Read data on tape

you need to know that .... Normally the data written in one Unix cannot be read on windows and vice versa ....

Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Read data on tape

You may have to physically destroy the tapes, what level of sensitivity is the data?
Ralf Loehmann_2
Valued Contributor

Re: Read data on tape

Hello Xero,

when you degauss tapes to erase the data you need to be sure that your degaussing device is strong enough for your tape media. With the newer technologies tape media you might need pretty strong degaussing devices.

You might check the following document:
http://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/government/MDG/NSA_CSS-EPL-9-12.PDF

Ralf.