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Solution Spotlight: Media Disposal

We can Destroy any media type including but not limited to 3592, 3570, 3590E, 3590, 3490E, 3480, T10000, 9940, 9840, LTOI, LTOII, LTOIII, LTOIV, DLT, SDLT, 5.25 Rewriteable, WORM Optical Disks, DVD, CD Optical, QIC, Travan, SLR Data Cartridges, 8MM, 4MM, AIT Mammoth Cartridges and Hard Drives.

AES is fully aware of the obstacles corporations face to securely dispose of hard drives and tape media without compromising the security of the sensitive data. We are able to provide you a complete solution by offering any combination of pulling, scanning, packing and physically destroying your hard drives and tape media either on-site or off-site.

Eradication is used on media with Servo Tracks (3592, 9940, 9840, 3590K, 3590J, LTO, etc.) For media without Servo Tracks (3480, 3490, etc.) Tape Degaussing is used instead.

Eradication, or erasing the data from a physical tape, is a process that does not destroy the media itself, but only the data recorded on it. When data on Servo Track Media is too sensitive to allow tapes to leave the customer data center without full eradication, AES Tier 3 is the solution. Tier 3 is on-site full data removal while preserving the servo tracks, so 3590K, 9840, 9940 and LTO media can be sold or reused.

Degaussing is used on media without Servo Tracks (3480, 3490, etc.) For media with Servo Tracks (3592, 9940, 9840, 3590K, 3590J, LTO, etc.) Tape Eradication is used instead.

Degaussing, or erasing the data from a physical tape, is a process that does not destroy the media itself, but only the data recorded on it. Our scanning software and knowledge of the tape library gives you the satisfaction of knowing that the correct data is being degaussed and an audit trail is provided giving you an accurate account of the work performed.

Recent Highlights:


  • Over 5,000,000 tapes inventoried for our customers this year
  • 70 tape library migrations completed a year
  • Webscan software manages 100,000 tape tracking movement cycles daily
  • 3,000,000 tapes of all media types initialized at our facility
  • Release of Webscan 3, a new web-based tape tracking solution
  • Nearly 50,000,000 barcodes and RFID labels manufactured and applied