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Eco-Certified Tape Process

By Emedia Plus

The certification process has seven rigorous steps and is accomplished using OEM drives in a data center-like environment and our proprietary software.

The steps included in the certification process are:

Receiving

Cartridges are received into the secure facility and inspected for physical damage to ensure that only tapes in good physical condition move to the next step. All labels are removed and the entire surface of the cartridge is carefully cleaned and glue residue gently removed.

Media write test

This process consists of a write pass over the entire length of the media (using large data blocks filled with a random bit-pattern) followed by a security erase pass. This process assures that all data has been erased and cannot be recovered. Soft and hard error information are collected for each piece of media and stored in the database. A good or a bad tape will be indicated, (PASS/FAIL), using new tape error performance criteria.

Read test

A non-destructive read test then gathers error statistics from the tape quality data. For each tape, soft read errors are logged by the certification program.

Tapes are sorted using binary decision criteria based on error performance standards. One critical error will fail a tape immediately. Every tape must meet or exceed new tape performance criteria. Individual testing means no defective tapes, so you can be sure back-ups will go smoothly.

Label and initialisation

If you want tapes ready to load, eMedia plus will label and initialise all types of tapes, including 3592. NetC labels are printed in house to ensure quick turn-around on all label orders. EDP and other labels are also available. Initialisation is available for the following tapes: 3592, 3590 (J), 3590e (K), 9940, 9840, 3490e, 3480.

Reformat

If needed, each good tape is reformatted on original manufactures' tape drives to ensure they are recognised as a blank tape.

Packaging

Tapes are shrink-wrapped in sleeves of ten, and then are packaged in master cartons of 20 or 30 using boxes and packing materials identical to OEM. VolSer ranges are printed on each box label. Cartons are then stacked on a pallet with starting sequence numbers on top.

Shipping

Proper packaging and shipping are essential to the quality process. We ship in packaging similar to OEM to ensure safe arrival.