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Old 04-21-2019, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by UltraVires View Post
First Question: Are the tapes hosed? Physically they look fine. Does VHS data simply degrade from being in a box? Any tips?
They may well be hosed. 30 years is a really long time for magnetic media. This site describes the various issues with VHS tapes over time, including the magnetic charges on the tape weakening, or getting scrambled if they were near a magnet for any length of time. I imagine that, depending on where they were stored, variations in temperature and humidity could also have damaged the tapes.

It suggests that one could expect to begin to see significant picture quality degradation after 10 to 25 years, and your tapes are older still.

You may need to take them to a professional who specializes in working with old VHS tapes, and transferring them to DVD or other media, to see what can be salvaged.

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