We have an Imation Secure Scan that we are wanting to use to verify if our LTO4 tapes are good or bad. The reason we got it was because we had a dozen or so tapes with bad data on them - we never got to the root of the problem of it it was the tapes or drives themselves. I've scanned the tapes that had the bad data on them and the Imation scanner says the tapes are "good" even though we know the data is actually bad... we're running into a situation right now where we need to clone a LOT of data to tapes and we don't have enough tape in stock. We want to eventually start recycling our expired tapes, but we're worried t hat those tapes are "bad" even though that drive was replaced and good data comes out of it now. Though when all of them are scanned in with the scanner the tapes are considered "good".
My question for the forum is, what would you do in our situation? How do you or would you verify that if you were to use these tapes the data would be good. Are there any products that you use that scan/lock and can also verify data integrity on the tape without putting it in the jukebox? Thanks for the help!