Saving Priceless Audio and Video Tapes

VHS Tapes stacked on a table.
Audio and video tapes have been replaced as the method of media storage for the most part. However, many of us have older tapes that we would like to preserve. There are several important tips included in this page to protect them from damage and the ravages of longterm storage. This is a page about saving priceless audio and video tapes.

October 8, 2005

VHS Tapes stacked on a table.There are three main threats to the longevity of audio and video tapes: magnetic fields, moisture, and heat. The tapes are a magnetic media so be careful that they don't come in close contact with household electronics that have a magnetic field. Stereo speakers and TVs both have magnetic fields. You will also want to keep your tapes dry and between 60 and 70 degrees F. If you have a tape that is cold, let it warm up to room temperature before using it.

I am a specialist and assure that this little known idea can and has saved many a priceless and irreplaceable tapes.

Videotapes and cassette tapes that have been stored for a long time, and not played should always be rewound and fast-forwarded once before playing to loosen the reels and prevent stretching or breaking in the machine.

By David R.

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