Tape Ark is the only global company focused on media tape to cloud migration.

Since our early origins, we have never strayed from our core expertise.

We have a long history of working with a wide range of media tape formats and the manufacturers that created these types of media. Over time we have built unique capabilities, through a rich catalog of profiles, to determine how best to handle media tapes to achieve maximum data recovery.

So, when it comes to addressing tape variations from a collection, we know exactly what to expect from each tape format type along with those nuances from the manufacturer during that period of the tape’s lifecycle.

Your data is one of a kind. To achieve a professional and high-quality result to meet your requirements it is important it is handled with the right care and expertise.

Tape Ark can migrate almost any tape media format, including 9 track tapes, 8 mm Exabytes, 4 mm DATS, DLT, and SuperDLT tapes, 3590, 3480, 3592, and LTO1 through LTO8 tape, can be moved to the cloud.

All tape media is ephemeral and is quickly superseded by the next version. There are hundreds of tape media types that currently exist in the world. Below is a list of the most common media. If you don’t see a specific tape media type please reach out to the team.

Organize a Comprehensive Media Audit Today

To get started with your tape migration journey, contact Tape Ark on (08) 6118 6431 today to speak to one of our tape migration experts. If you are having trouble identifying the media tapes in your collection, what they contain, or where to start, the best way to begin your cloud migration process is with Tape Ark’s innovative Comprehensive Media Audit. Organizations can accurately learn about their tape collection, and what is the best way to migrate their media tape collection securely to the cloud.

Reel/Cassette (1/2in)

  • 7 Track Reel Tape – 1200ft, 2400ft (100bpi, 256bpi, 512bpi, 800bpi) (*Read only)
  • 9 Track Reel Tape (3420) – 600ft, 1200ft, 2400ft, 3600ft (800bpi, 1600bpi, 3200bpi, 6250bpi)
  • 14 Track Reel Tape H.D.D.R. – 1200ft, 2400ft (8000bpi) (*Read Only)
  • 21 Track Reel Tape
  • 3480 Cartridge Tape – SL, XL, XXL
  • 3490, 3490E Cartridge Tape – SL, XL
  • 3590, 3590E Magstar MP Cartridge Tape – 10GB, 20GB, 40GB
  • 3590H Magstar MP Cartridge Tape – 60GB
  • 3592 Gen 1 TS1110 J1A 300Gb (Jaguar) Cartridge Tape
  • 3592 Gen 2 TS1120 700Gb Tape Cartridge
  • 3592 Gen 3 TS1130 1Tb Tape Cartridge
  • 3592 Gen 4 TS1140 4Tb Tape Cartridge
  • 3592 Gen 5 TS1150 10Tb Tape Cartridge
  • 3592 Gen 5A TS1155 15Tb Tape Cartridge
  • 3592 Gen 6 TS1160 20Tb Tape Cartridge
  • 4480 0.04Gb
  • 4490 0.8Gb
  • 9490 0.8Gb
  • SD-3 50Gb
  • T9840A “Eagle” 20Gb
  • T9840B 20Gb
  • T9840C 40Gb
  • T9840D 75Gb
  • T9940A 60Gb
  • T9940B 200Gb
  • T10000 500Gb
  • T10000B 1Tb
  • T10000C 5Tb
  • T10000D 8.5Tb
  • T10000E 16Tb
  • NTCP Cartridge Tape – 20GB
  • Redwood SD-3 Cartridge Tape – Small, Medium, Large
  • Metrum VHS RSP-2150 (VLDS) Cassette Tape
  • DLT Cartridge Tape – 2000, 4000, 7000, 8000 and DLT1
  • DLT™ VS Cartridge Tape – DLT1/VS80 (40GB), VS160 (80GB), VS1, DLT-V4 (160GB)
  • DLT-S4 – (3rd Generation Super DLT – renaming product line) 800GB
  • Super DLT™- SDLT1 (220/320), SDLT2 (600) Cartridge Tapes – 110GB, 160GB, 300GB
  • TK Cartridge Tape – TK30*, TK50*, TK70*, TK85, TK87, TK88, TK89 (ComPacTape I, II, III, IIIxt, IV)
  • Sony DTF Cassette Tape – GW240S, GW730L
  • Sony DTF-2 Cassette Tape – GW2-60GS, GW2-200GL (200GB)
  • Sony S-AIT1, S-AIT2 Cartridge Tape – 500GB/800GB
  • LTO1 IBM 3580 Ultrium Cartridge Tape – LTO1 100GB
  • LTO2 200GB
  • LTO3 LTO4 TS2240 Cartridge Tape 800GB
  • LTO5 1.5Tb
  • LTO6 2.5Tb
  • LTO7 6Tb
  • LTO8 12Tb

Removable Disk

  • L USB and Firewire (1394) Portable Drives (Fat32, NTFS, NFS)
  • SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network Attached Storage) Drives/Raids
  • CD-R(OM), CD-RW Disc – 650MB, 700MB
  • DD-R(OM), DD-RW (Double Density CD) Disc – 1.3GB
  • PD650 Rewritable Optical Disk Cartridge – 650MB
  • DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW Recordable Disc – 3.95GB, 4.7GB
  • DVD-RAM Disc – 2.6GB, 5.2GB, 4.7GB, 9.4GB
  • HD DVD Disc – 15GB
  • BluRay Disc – 25GB, 50GB
  • UDO Disk Cartridge – Ultra Density Optical – 30GB (Pending)
  • PDD (Blu-Ray) Disc, PDD23, BD-ROM, BD-R – 23GB (Pending)
  • 3 ½”, 5 ¼” Floppy Disk – SS, DS, LD, HD
  • 3 ½” High Capacity Floppy Disk – LS-120, LS-240 (SuperDisk), HIFD – 200 MB
  • 3 ½” Floptical Disk – 21MB
  • 3 ½”, 5 ¼”, 12″, 14″ M.O., WORM, Optical Disk Cartridge – various incl. IBM, Plasmon, Sony, HP, Panasonic
  • 12″ Optical Disk Cartridge – Philips LMS/Plasmon LMS 4000, 6000, 8000
  • 5 ¼” Bernoulli Disk – 44, 90, 105, 150, 230 MB Iomega JAZ Disk – 1GB, 2GB
  • Iomega PocketZip (Clik!) Disk – 40MB
  • Iomega ZIP Disk – 100MB, 250MB, 750MB
  • Syquest Disk Cartridge – Ezflyer 135MB, 230MB, SyJet 1.5GB, SparQ 1GB
  • 3 ½” Syquest Disk Cartridge – SQ310 105MB, SQ327 270MB
  • 5 ¼” Syquest Disk Cartridge – SQ400 44MB, SQ800 88MB, SQ1100 105MB, SQ2000 200M

Cartridges ¼in, 8mm/4mm

  • 8mm Exabyte Cassette Tape – 8200, 8500, 8700
  • 8mm Mammoth Cassette Tape – 8900, Mammoth LT, 8mm Mammoth – 2 Cassette Tape – M2 (20GB, 40GB, 60GB)
  • 8mm AIT Cassette – AIT-1, AIT-2, AIT-3 (100GB), AIT-3Ex (150GB), AIT-4 200GB, AIT-5 (400GB)
  • 8mm AIT-Turbo Cassette – AIT-1 Turbo (40GB), AIT-E Turbo (20GB) (Pending)
  • 8mm VXA Cassette – VXA-1 33GB (“V” series tapes), VXA-2 80GB (“X” series tapes)
  • 8mm VXA-320 160GB (“X” series tapes) (Pending)
  • 4mm DAT Cassette Tape – DDS1, DDS2, DDS3, DDS4
  • 4mm DAT Cassette Tape – DDS5 (36GB)
  • 19mm Sony D1 Cassette Tape – Medium, Large
  • 19mm Ampex DD2 DST Cassette Tape – Small, Medium, Large
  • ¼” ADR   ADR2 – (15GB, 25GB), (30GB, 60GB, 120GB)
  • ¼” 3570 Magstar MP “B” Format Cartridge Tape
  • ¼” 3570 Magstar MP “C”, “C-XL” Format Cartridge Tape
  • ¼” Cartridge – Mini QIC (incl. Irwin, Colorado, Travan, DC2xxx’s, MC3xxx’s)
  • ¼” Cartridge – Mini QIC (incl. Iomega: Ditto Max, Ditto Easy, Ditto)
  • ¼” Cartridge – Standard QIC (incl. DC6xxx’s, DC9xxx’s, SLR2, SLR3, SLR4, SLR5, SLR24 (SLR6), and SLR7)
  • ¼” Cartridge – Standard QIC SLR32 (13GB, MLR1), SLR40, SLR50 (MLR3), SLR60, SLR75, SLR100, SLR140 (Pending)

Flash Media

  • USB Pen Drives/Flash Drive/Memory Drive – JumpDrive, MicroVault, JetFlashA, DataTraveler
  • CompactFlash – CF – Types I & II – MicroDrive
  • Memory Stick – MS
  • Secure Digital Card – SD
  • SmartMedia – SM (SSFDC)
  • xD Picture Card – xD
  • PCMCIA Memory Card – Types I & II
  • PC Hard Disk Card – Types I & II


Tape Ark prides itself on its technical capability. Customers feel assured their objectives and unique challenges are well understood – what’s important to them, where they’re headed, and the opportunities that lie ahead.

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If you are unable to find your media from our extensive list, please get in touch – we’ve seen them all.

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