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Services: Disposing of your tape




Tape Media Supply

Start your tape journey with Insurgo Media, making tape supply secure yet simple, as well as budget busting and as environmentally friendly as possible. With over 200 backup and archive tape formats in stock and a robust resourcing network, we can source, supply and deliver everything from open reel tape to current enterprise formats.


We provide some of the world’s largest business sectors with tapes from manufacturers including; Tandberg, Oracle, Maxell, Sony, TDK, Dell, Quantum, Fujifilm, IBM and HP

Tape Condition

As well as an extensive stock of tape formats we also have tapes of varying conditions, to suit your budget and environmental status. Insurgo’s new tape supply is guaranteed to be completely brand new, unused, sealed tapes. Of course, buying new will be the most expensive option when it comes to tape supply, but here at Insurgo we pride ourselves on remaining as competitive as possible. Buying new tape media seems pretty self-explanatory, however, visit our article, Spotting a Fake Tape, to make sure what you may buy elsewhere is actually what it claims to be.

Pre-labelled Tape

Insurgo’s pre-labelled tape supply refers to those leftover tapes, that didn’t quite make it off the bench. Despite being previously purchased as new tape and labelled ready for use, these tapes were never called up for duty, which can often happen due to a company changing or updating their technologies. With any pre-labelled yet new tape we encounter, our in-house team will test and verify it's ‘new' and unused status before removing any identifying or branded labelling, so the tape will appear to be completely brand new, having no trace to its previous owners.

Our pre-labelled tape option allows us to offer our customers low prices as well reducing the tapes environmental impact, all whilst allowing these tapes to finally fulfil their destiny with data, hurrah!

Restore Certified Tape Media

Our Restore tapes are the most secure, yet environmentally friendly option on the market- fact! But being environmentally friendly does not mean you have to compromise on quality, at all. Our Restore tapes are basically pre-loved tapes that have been completely erased, removing ALL traces of data before being re-initialised and processed to be as good as new (if not better, as restored tapes are less prone to manufacturing defects). In addition to its environmental and efficiency benefits, our Restore tapes also come with a 90-day money back guarantee (not that we have ever had any returns), a lifetime warranty and allows us to offer a cost saving to our customers of around 25%.

Many of our customers are making the switch to Restore, as far as they're concerned Restore rocks, but why take anyone else's word for it?

Tape Labelling

Tape labelling can be a crucial element in a data management process, often an essential tool for ensuring a scalable and accountable tape library, which can be vital to both data storage, management and retrieval. We offer a wide range of bespoke labelling options to suit the specifications of our customers, from ‘sticky type’ tape labelling, colour-coding, barcoding, serialisation, box-labelling and branding. Having partnered with EDP, we can supply and print quality Tri-Optic labels from our on-site servicing centre here in Wales, allowing us to offer a speedy, same-day turnaround time. All tape labels are then applied in our clean room environment to ensure there is no contamination to purchased media.

Pad Printing

Also known as ‘tampography', pad-printing transfers a 2-D image onto a 3-D object and is particularly useful for printing on objects that can otherwise be rather difficult to print on (yes, like tape). A useful service for company branding and tape management processes, pad-printing is not removable and therefore is often used for high-security labelling, such as ‘top secret’, ‘secret’, and ‘restricted access’ type labels.

Tape Tracking

Partnered with Tape Track we are able to offer you a robust tracking system to effectively manage your tape media. Finally, you can say goodbye to dated spreadsheets and gain complete control over your tape media library. Tape Track tape management software allows you to have complete visibility and transparency throughout the entire lifecycle of each tape. It allows you to see where every single tape has been, i.e. who requested it and who scanned it in and out along the way, even when it comes to the time of disposal, it records who requested it and who carried it out, giving you a complete history of every tape.

Tape Cases

We offer a range of tape cases to safely transport your tape media. Their professional yet robust design protects the tapes from any damage. With their foam lining cushioning any issues from impact. These stainless steel cases are heavy duty and lockable, ensuring your tapes are secure and stay intact.


Having a vast supply network across the tape market, we may be able to assist and supply you with the equipment to compliment your tape media. Ask your experts for any tape hardware assistance you may need.


As distributors of Proton Data Security, we are able to supply NSA approved degaussers for I.T. Assets Disposition (ITAD) companies. Find out more.

If you’re not quite sure what you are looking for when it comes to your tape supply or if you would just like some more information, please give our Tape Media Experts a call on +44(0)1495372000 or send us an email info@insurgomedia.com

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Tape Maintenance

Managing your tape media doesn’t have to be complicated, however we appreciate the gravity and importance of managing your companies data correctly. Here at Insurgo, we can confidently compile an encompassing, effective solution to support your tape media needs, no matter how minor or complex.

Tape Testing

If you are experiencing any problems with your backup tape media, we have extensive facilities to carry out tape testing in order to establish the root cause of your issues and allow us to advise on the best course of action, whether it be repair or upgrade to a new tape.

Tape Data Extraction

If you need data extracted from a tape and added to a new tape, we can carry this out effectively and securely at our secure facilities.

Tape Upgrades

When technology requirements change, we are able to transition your tape media library to accommodate system changes.

Tape Repair

Beneficial to both your business's environmental impact and budget, our tape repair service can help you to extend the life and quality of your existing tape media. Whether you require secure collection or a site visit from our tape engineers, we are able to carry-out physical tape repairs to ensure minimal disruption to your data storage and tape media management systems.

On-Site Servicing

As well as tape repair, to ensure your tape media management systems remain efficient our tape engineers can visit your site to carry out essential tape drive maintenance. We are also able to supply and maintain erasure equipment for on-site tape destruction, for those organisations that are required to dispose of tape media in-house.

Training and Consultation Services

Whether you would like us to deliver on-site or for your team to receive training at our secure facility, from industry best practices to the most efficient tape management processes, we can provide your organisation with industry and product knowledge to ensure tape media is being used as effectively as possible.

To get the best from your tape media, give our experts a call on +44(0)1495372000 or send us an email info@insurgomedia.com

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Disposing of your Tape

From our experience and research, we discovered that it is seemingly common practice for some organisations to dispose of their tape media in the same way they dispose of their other IT equipment. Therefore we have made it our mission to educate businesses as to why this habit needs to stop! Non-electrical tape media should not get handled in the same way as electrical I.T equipment, as although the physical tapes may be destroyed, the tape film containing that precious data may still be accessible.

Data Erasure

Data erasure is our speciality here at Insurgo Media and we are proud to say we hold the most environmentally efficient, data erasing process on the market. We are the ONLY organisation in the world that can guarantee that ALL data (yes every single byte) is removed from tape before it is disposed of without destroying the tapes servo tracks. You can have complete confidence that your tape data is safe with tape media experts at Insurgo Media, throughout each stage of the disposal process. We collect your tape media with two security-cleared drivers, before transporting your tapes directly to our secure facility, equipped with 24/7 security systems. We provide you with full visibility and accountability, with your tapes being tracked through every step of the process.

KIT - Kills Information on Tape

No trace of data, no risk of recovery
Eco-friendly tape disposal
Independently tested and validated
Guaranteed 100% secure,
No trace of data, no risk of recovery
Eco-friendly tape disposal
Independently tested and validated
Guaranteed 100% secure, end-to-end

Our revolutionary process, KIT is THE most efficient and environmentally friendly process to securely remove all traces of data from tape.

The science behind it:

KIT works by running a carefully designed non-wearing magnetic head over the full length of the tape which removes ALL trace of recoverable data but leaves the tape servo intact, so that it is reusable as certified tape media. Verified and tested (check out this report from the University of South Wales) KIT was developed to deliver guaranteed data erasure whilst enabling the reuse of the tapes, making the tape disposal process better for both security and the environment.

KIT leaves no trace of data on tape, with absolutely no chance of recovery. That is why, government departments and other organisations that need absolute data security choose Insurgo Media’s KIT process to erase information. KIT is only available through Insurgo Media.

Leaves no trace of readable data
Leaves no trace of data
No chance of data recovery
A verified data erasure process
Allows for tape reuse and recycling
Allows for tape reuse
Environmentally friendly







Total process security

You can be confident that your data is completely safe throughout the entire KIT process from secure collection right through to ultimate destruction. We collect your tape media with two security-cleared drivers and transported directly to our secure facility, for storage under 24/7 security systems before being processed and erased. As there are no data-reading drives involved in the KIT process, there is no opportunity for a data leak. We give you full visibility and accountability, with tapes tracked through every step of the process.

If you would prefer your tapes to stay on your premises, you can choose on-site KIT, where we use the same verified process to destroy your data while it stays on site. Contact our team to to find out how our KIT process can help your organisation dispose of tape data.

SWAT - Securely Wipes All Tracks

Destroys tape, rendering it unusable
No chance of data recovery
Destroys tape, rendering it unusable
No chance of data recovery
High security tape media disposal
100% secure process,
High security tape media disposal
100% secure process, end-to-end

Just like our KIT process, our SWAT process guarantees ALL data is completely removed from tape, however SWAT completely destroys the magnetic servo tracks of the tape so it can not be reused. It is a complete tape destruction solution.

During the SWAT process, unlike more traditional data disposal methods, the entirety of the tape is exposed to the degaussing magnet, making for a more efficient data erasing process.

As each tape is individually chip scanned during the processes, the SWAT process can provide full visibility and verification that all data has been removed from each tape. We ensure there is complete transparency and security for our customers throughout the entire SWAT process.

Although we would always recommend KIT to our customers due to its environmental benefit, we appreciate that some may require complete tape destruction and may be a better option for obsolete tape.

We appreciate that it may be a requirement for some businesses to dispose of tape on-site, therefore we can an on-site SWAT service.

On-site disposal

Dependent on the requirements of your organisation, in some cases you may need to find an on-site solution for your tape disposal, therefore we have both our KIT and SWAT tape disposal processes available on site. We can also provide alternative solutions to support on-site tape erasure, from degaussers to disposal boxes.

Although, due to their unparalleled capabilities, we would always recommend the KIT or SWAT disposal solution to our customers, however we appreciate there may be instances where alternate options may be suffice, for instance, an organisation does not hold sensitive data on their tape media. Contact our team to find out about our on-site tape disposal solutions.

Other methods of data disposal

As security and the protection of data is the fundamental focus here at Insurgo Media, we would not recommend our customers place any risk, now matter how small, on any tape erasure process that does not guarantee and verify that ALL data will be removed. However we appreciate that for some organisations lower levels of security may be sufficient, therefore we can offer alternative methods of tape disposal if requested.


Partnered with Greensafe, we can offer a tape shredding service that is ideal for organisations looking for a safe, secure and documented data destruction solution.

Data tape shredding is a common form of tape media disposal. As the name suggests, the process involves the shredding of tapes, in which the cartridge is physically destroyed. If your company has high-security standards, shredding alone is an ineffective way of removing all traces of data from tape media, and so we would recommend the service is used in conjunction with tape degaussing.


During the degaussing process the tape is exposed to an intense magnetic field which distorts the data. The method is often used for hardware, such as hard drives, disks, cassettes and reels.

Degaussing pulls data tracks of a tape apart, which deems the tape un-reusable, which means this is not an eco-friendly solution. Using high energy degaussing equipment, Insurgo Media Services can offer degaussing services for all types of backup tape, from LTO to open reel, giving you a secure, fully traceable tape disposal solution.

With our end-to-end accountability, we can track and verify that every tape has been degaussed. As well as offering secure collection and processing in our facilities, we can offer on-site tape degaussing services.


As well as giving our customers full traceability and accountability throughout all of our disposal solutions we are able to provide bespoke reporting to suit the requirements of our customers. Whether it’s the serial numbers of all the erased tapes or an in-depth look at how many times they had been drive-mounted through-life. Or perhaps the volume of data that has been erased in the process. This behind the scenes look at the processes can provide some valuable insight to many of our customers and be a useful resource for their data management records.

Money back on tape disposal

You could make some money on throwing away old tape. By utilising the KIT process to dispose of your tape media, you allow your old tapes to be reused as new. Of course, this would eliminate your need to buy new tape and greatly lessen your environmental impact, but if the tapes are no longer suitable for your organisation we may offer you a monetary sum for those tapes so that we can pass on their benefits to other customers. Get in touch with our team to find the best tape disposal route for you.

If you would like more information on our secure tape disposal services get in touch with the Tape Media Experts a call on +44(0)1495372000 or send us an email info@insurgomedia.com

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