AIT Tape Recovery

The AIT (Advanced Intelligent Tape) developed by Sony in 1996, uses the Helical scan recording method on 8mm wide recording tape media for reading and writing data. It also features an MIC (Memory in Cassette) memory chip to store information about the recording stored on the tape.

The AIT tape was originally released with a storage capacity of 25GB native and progressed over the years to its fifth generation, with storage capacity at 400GB. A higher capacity variant, the SAIT (Super-AIT) was released, the first generation having a storage capacity of 500GB, and the SAIT-2 able to hold 800GB. In 2010, Sony announce that the discontinuation of the AIT line of tape data cartridges, having renewed their collaboration with Hewlett Packard, to further develop the DDS DAT cartridge.

Over the years DiskEng data recovery have seen numerous problems, from media flaws to corrupt AIT tape media. We have also have success in being able to recover data from initialized AIT tapes.

  • ait tape driveTape read errors
  • Bad media blocks
  • Corrupt data block
  • Damaged MIC chip
  • Initialized AIT tape
  • Overwritten tape backup

Need to recover data from your AIT or SAIT tape cartridge? Then contact DiskEng, and talk to a tape recovery specialist, who can guide you to a successful AIT tape recovery solution.

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