LTO Ultrium tape media has been commonly used in many commercial organizations for the efficient and effective storage, archiving and backup of data. LTO Storage cartridges tend to have longer shelf lives which usually go up to 30 years. But what should you do when the retention time is over? Or when your tape is about to go obsolete due to the advancement in LTO tape technology? To answer this question, we have compiled a guide after having gone through the best practices to dispose of LTO Ultrium tape media.
The guidelines for the apt disposal of tape media have been given below:
- You have to trade off between two decisions; Destruction vs. Recycling of the LTO Ultrium tape media.
- Recycling of the tape media is advisable and recommended over destruction of the media due to the environmental and cost benefits
- Minutely investigate the physical condition of the tape. Can it be used again or not?
- The disposal process means you will have to rewrite the data on your LTO Ultrium tapes in order to make them reusable or you are simply going to discard it completely
- Seek approval from top management about the disposal of LTO tape media and also, inform them about the reason to do so
- Reveal the moment of truth on them by exposing whether the information stored is confidential or not
- After getting approval from top management, now decide whether to dispose it off onsite or off site. Further, Make arrangements for the security of LTO Ultrium tape media regardless of the location
- Get on board an expert LTO tape disposal service provider
- Bear in mind that, any tape media which is in proper condition and is not damaged would be perfect for recycling else you can destruct it after retrieving your sensitive information
Recapitulating, there could be multiple reasons associated with the disposal of data but one simply cannot question the cost efficiency and reliability of LTO Ultrium storage cartridges. The speculations are up roaring in the market about the further enhancements of LTO 7 and LTO 8 tape media technology and so as the about the anticipated disposing process. However, you can always trust ODSI for the range of its branded LTO Ultrium tape media. For further inquires and queries contact us.