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When it comes to disposing of backup tapes, adhering to retention policies isn't Storage readers' forte—assuming they even have one (21% of readers don't). While 27% of readers have retention periods for backup tapes of six years or more, 46% own tapes of that age or older. A lot of good it does them—only 19% believe they could restore data from tapes six or more years old. What's holding people back from throwing old tapes away? Writes one user: "We're hesitant to resell them if we can't guarantee total erasure of data."
|What is your organization's retention policy for backup tapes?|
|How old are the oldest tapes in your organization's possession?|
|How old is the oldest tape you can restore from with confidence?|
This was first published in December 2005