Computer: How to care for magnetic media (Reels, Cartridges and Cassettes)

Computer: How to care for magnetic media (Reels, Cartridges and Cassettes)By Barry J. Ewell

Many of the tapes (magnetic media) I have for my family history are surrounded with irreplaceable moments in time, including personal interviews with family members; I tend to look at these tapes as source documents.  As I make digital replications of the data, I still seek to preserve the original as a backup. The life expediency of magnetic media is largely undocumented according to manufacturers.  Thirty years appears to be the upper limit for magnetic tape products, including video and audiotapes. The following are a few general guidelines for taking care of magnetic media. Continue reading