LTO Data Tape Transfer

We transfer your LTO data tapes / cartridges to accessible files on an External Hard Drive.

Linear Tape Open (LTO) is a data storage format that uses magnetic tape to store user information. Tape drive technology has been in use as far back as the 1st commercial computer in the 1950s. In it’s infancy, LTO required a huge amount of space, with the initial UNISERVO tape storage offering 225kb of data capacity over a quarter mile of metal magnetic tape, contained in a large cabinet.

Practical innovations on the technology would see the switch to a plastic based tape, significantly reducing the physical weight and size requirements into portable cartridge, while technical improvements led to a more efficient use of the tape surface, increasing the density of information that would be saved. Today, despite the high cost of a Tape Loader, LTO tapes themselves are one of the lowest cost per GB storage options available, with the highest data capacity.

While it’s slow transaction load times, and expensive front-end cost, prevent this format from replacing mechanical or solid-state hard drives on a consumer level, LTO is still widely used today as format of choice for long-term, high capacity archiving, due to it’s durability and low-access lifespan.


LTO Tape transfers

LTO Gen. 3, 4, 5
LTFS or TAR format
LTO Gen. 6, 7, 8
LTFS or TAR format


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Digital Solutions

Digital files on:
USB / hard drive / the Cloud
DVD / Blu-rays


How much does it cost?

  • For ALL FORMATS OF DATA we charge a fixed-per unit price.
  • The $/unit rate is specific to the format of DATA; for detailed pricing for all services please see our PRICING
What is the process for transferring data?

  • The data device (ie., disk, card, tape) is physically inspected for any mechanical or age related issues before processing.
  • PLEASE NOTE we have the facility to handle and remediate such issues accordingly.
  • The files are subsequently transferred off the data device and then we perform a series of functions to ensure ALL the data was captured with no corruption.
How is it organized?

  • We physically label ALL individual data devices with your unique Order#_Code (ie., 60561_X).
  • We create a unique digital file folder reflecting the different format types received (ie., 3.5 Floopy, 5.25 Floppy, Memory Card).
  • The digital files associated with the physical data device will be named the same (ie., 60561_3.5 Floppy_1) and saved to it's associated file folder.
How long does it take?

  • Standard turnaround times for most retail client orders is 3 - 4 weeks.
  • Expedited (RUSH) service is available and generally provides for a 1 week turnaround; the RUSH fee a flat $25.00 for Orders under <$100.00 and for Orders over >$100.00 the fee is 25% the value of the Order (ie., $200.00 Order counts a $50.00 RUSH fee).
Where is the work done?

  • All transfer services are performed in-house at our 10,000 sq/ft production facility located in Etobicoke LOCATIONS
  • No 3rd parties, No risks.
What / How do I get back?

  • 1. A unique digital file folder containing the contents of each individual data device provided.
  • ALL the originally provided media is returned.
  • You have the option for the digital files to be returned via:
  • a USB or External Hard Drive that YOU provide at either drop-off or pick-up.
  • a USB or External Hard Drive that WE provide commensurate with your project requirements.
  • our Cloud Service.



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