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DriveSavers Inc. claims it can recover data from just about any burned, crushed,
dropped or waterlogged hard drive, floppy disk or magneto-optical cartridge, among other
dead media. The company boasts a success rate exceeding 90 percent.

DLT Solutions Inc. of Herndon, Va., has added DriveSavers services to its General
Services Information Technology Schedule contract, a move that might interest federal
sites that have no prohibition against sending their unclassified media off-site.

DriveSavers officials in Novato, Calif., said their advanced security services keep
files secure while off-site.

The standard recovery turnaround time is 24 to 48 hours. The company has authorizations
from more than a dozen drive and media manufacturers to open sealed drives without voiding
the original warranty.

The company can recover IBM OS/2, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0, MS-DOS,
Novell NetWare, SGI Irix, SunSoft Solaris and other types of files.

Recovery prices start at $445 for up to 100M on a drive. Economy service for a 7G drive
costs $2,671. Same-day service starts at $2,493 for 100M and $3,606 for 2G media.

DriveSavers has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory and the Smithsonian Institution.

Degaussing service starts at $100 for up to a 2G drive, and floppy degaussing starts at
$178 for a 1.44M diskette.

Agencies now can license the ON Command Comprehensive Client Manager, a desktop
management product from ON Technology Corp. of Cambridge, Mass., through 8(a) reseller
Quantum Technology Services Inc. of Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Quantum licenses the software at $145 per seat in quantities of 5,000 seats, said Chick
Garcia, the company’s president and chief executive officer.

Quantum is awaiting approval of its own GSA IT Schedule contract, Garcia said. The Air
Force Special Operations Command has bought ON Command CCM direct from Quantum, he said.

Allied Telesyn International of Sunnyvale, Calif., has launched networking products on
its GSA IT Schedule contract. Agencies also can buy the company’s products from
resellers BTG Inc. of Fairfax, Va., Force 3 Inc. of Crofton, Md., and OAO Corp. of
Greenbelt, Md.

Allied Telesyn makes Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity products
for fiber-optic, conventional copper and mixed networks.

For information about these and other federal contracts, consult the GCN Contracts
Sourcing Guide at GCN’s Web site,


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