Digitization of Legacy Data Carriers and Media

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Product information "Digitization of Legacy Data Carriers and Media"

Target Organization:
Organizations that want to copy and digitize data or archives from historical (legacy) media in a modern format, but do not have access to appropriate legacy equipment by their own.

Many of the data carriers that were once common, such as floppy disks, are being used less and less. Cloud services and flash-based hard disks have made the use such older data mediums as CDs and floppy disks obsolete for some time now. However, in many cases backups were not made in the past, so that the data is no longer accessible for you. OYSTEC has the technical infrastructure to extract from these old data mediums and to transfer them to a data medium that is compatible with your current systems.

Comprehensive Data Recovery for Legacy Devices
Our data recovery services excel in salvaging data from a wide array of legacy devices. Whether it's a vintage floppy disk or an early solid-state flash card, we are equipped to handle the nuances of each format. Below is a catalog of the devices we specialize in:

IDDevice TypeDescriptionTypical Usage Years
1 8" Floppy Disk Early form of disk storage with large, flexible magnetic disks. 1971 - 1980s
2 5.25" Floppy Disk The common storage medium of the 80s with a hard shell and flexible magnetic disk inside. 1976 - 1990s
3 3.5" Floppy Disk Sturdy plastic case with a metal shutter, a smaller version of floppy disk popular in the 90s. 1984 - early 2000s
4 MFM Hard Disk Hard disk using Modified Frequency Modulation, a common encoding method for magnetic storage. 1980s - 1990s
5 IDE Hard Disk An Integrated Drive Electronics interface for older hard disks, pre-dating SATA. 1986 - early 2000s
6 SCSI Hard Disk Early hard disk with Small Computer System Interface, used primarily in servers. 1980s - 2000s
7 ATA Hard Disk Advanced Technology Attachment hard disks, the successor to the IDE interface. Mid 1990s - 2010s
8 CompactFlash (CF) Card A mass storage device format used in portable electronic devices. 1994 - present
9 Secure Digital (SD) Card Non-volatile memory card format for use in portable devices. 1999 - present
10 DAT Streamer Digital Audio Tape used for data storage with high capacity and reliability. 1987 - 2000s
11 DLT Streamer Digital Linear Tape, a magnetic tape data storage technology. 1984 - 2010s
12 ZIP Drive Medium-capacity removable disk storage system, introduced by Iomega. 1994 - early 2000s
13 Jaz Drive Removable hard disk storage system, also from Iomega. 1995 - early 2000s
14 LS-120 SuperDisk High-capacity floppy disk drive with much greater storage. Late 1990s - early 2000s
15 DDS (DAT) Streamer Digital Data Storage, a format for storing and backing up computer data on tape. 1989 - 2010s
16 LTO Ultrium Linear Tape-Open, a high-capacity single-reel tape storage. 2000 - present
17 MiniDisc A magneto-optical disc-based data storage device initially for audio recordings. 1992 - 2010s
18 Memory Stick Removable flash memory card format, also used as a storage medium for portable devices. 1998 - early 2010s
19 SmartMedia Card Early flash memory card, widely used in digital cameras. 1995 - early 2010s

After having successfully extracted your data, we can provide you with (both your original data carriers and) the new copies in the digital form of your choice in a timely manner.

Our systems are able to read formats such as Blu-ray, DVD, CD-ROM, floppy disks (3.5", 5.25", 8"), memory cards (SD, CompactFlash, etc.), hard disks (SATA, IDE, SCSCI, ...) and tape drives. Under "Modules" you will find a detailed list of all formats.

Why Trust Us with Your Legacy Data?

  • Strong experiences in data recovery and digital archeology.
  • Best-in-class tools and techniques for maximum data retrieval success.
  • Secure processes ensuring confidentiality and integrity of your data.
  • Personalized service to handle your specific legacy data needs.

Service Duration:
After having successfully extracted your data, we can provide you with (both your original data carriers and) the new copies in the digital form of your choice in a timely manner. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions via the contact form.

Prices are calculated according to time and effort. To do this, we need to know your individual requirements in advance. On request.

Note: All service inquiries will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure the best chance of data recovery success.

Global Availability:
World (German, English, other languages)

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  • Recovery of and access to your legacy data
  • Use of contemporary, new data mediums (according to your preferences)
  • Cost savings due to time savings as well as elimination of maintenance of a required own infrastructure
  • Physical reduction of usually larger data carrier archives

You must send us your data carriers physically. The data carriers must be in a still readable condition.

We have already successfully read out and transferred various old data carriers of many different types (see also the ""Modules"" tab). Please contact us for more details!

The basis of this core service is our technical infrastructure, with which we are able to read out the data from legacy data carriers of the most diverse nature and transfer it from them into the modern format you require. In addition, we offer further services.

Core Service:
Our core service includes reading your physical carriers, transferring this data to new carriers you specify, and sending these physical (new) digital copies back to you (or making them available in the cloud).

Our systems are compatible with the following formats and interfaces:

Hard disk drives of all types (HDD & SSD):

  • IDE
  • SATA / eSATA / SATAe / ...
  • SAS
  • SCSI
  • M.2
  • Other on request

Disk formats:

  • 3.5 inch
  • 5.25 inch
  • 8 inch
  • ZIP (100mb / 250mb / 750mb)
  • LS120 SuperDisk
  • More on request

System Compatibility

  • PC
  • Amiga
  • C16 / C64 / C128
  • TRS80
  • Mac
  • Other on request

Optical media:

  • Standard CD(-Rom), 120 mm
  • Mini CD(-Rom), 80mm
  • DVD (Rom, Audio, Video)
  • BlueRay
  • Other on request

Electronic media (memory cards, sticks, etc.):

  • USB (standard, mini, micro, Type C )
  • SD cards (standard, mini, micro)
  • TF cards
  • CF cards
  • XD cards
  • MS cards
  • Compact Flash
  • Other on request

Tape Drive Media (streamer/tape drive):

  • Magnetic tapes (various standards)

If you are unsure of the formats of your media, or whether they are compatible with our systems, please feel free to contact us.

Optional Additional Modules:
In addition to the core service, the following services can also be part of the offering, depending on our individual agreement. Please specify your requirements when submitting a request.

  • Data repair
  • Format conversion
  • (De-) compression
  • Technical data viewing
  • Data merges & backup
  • Filtering of corrupted files
  • Secure disk formatting and disposal with the best standards
  • More upon request


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