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Why transfer vhs tapes to dvd?

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Why should you transfer your old vhs tapes to dvd? The simple reason that magnetic tape has a limited shelf life. According to the Digital Faq, magnetic media like VHS tapes have a lifespan of between 10 and 30 years. This is because oxygen and humidity tends to eat away at the chemicals and metals that comprise the medium. Repeated plays on a VHS player only tend to accelerate the process.

So what to do with all of those home videos of your wedding and your favorite vacation before they are gone forever? Clearly it is time to transfer vhs tapes to a more durable medium, which is to say a DVD. Tests on DVDs suggests that they have a lifespan of 30 to 100 years, though some think that a more realistic range is 25 to 50 years. By that time there will no doubt be an even more durable recording medium that you or your descendants can transfer your precious video memories to.


There has to be a brief word about transferring those old movies you bought in the 80s and 90s to DVD. First, doing that would be illegal and no reputable transfer service will do that for you. Second, it is very likely you’ll be able to pick up a DVD copy of “Top Gun” or “Conan the Barbarian” far cheaper than the cost of transferring them in any case.

So if you have a shelf full of VHS tapes with your kid’s first steps or that second honeymoon to the Bahamas, it is surely time to start thinking about saving them to DVDs so that you can continue to enjoy them.

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