Re: Tech question: Restoration of flood-damaged magentic media

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue Apr 04 2000 - 16:14:33 MDT wrote:
> I am urgently in need of some advice from someone who has experience in
> recovering damaged magentic digital data storage media. In particular, I
> need to know about the practical capabilities of reading data from 9-track
> and 8 mm tape that has been submerged for as much as 24 hours in dirty water.
> While I appreciate the informed opinions of the many tech-savvy folks on the
> list to the effect of "it should be no problem", I REALLy need to talk to
> someone who actually does this kind of work or who can get me in touch with
> someone who has done it. Any practical leads would be greatly appreciated.

We deal with 9 track, 8mm and 4 mmm tape all the time at work. I'll ask
the operations guys what the SOP is with such a situation. First thing
is don't heat it up to dry it more than 10-20 degrees above ambient. We
can try to recover the data for you if you want, put it on newer media.

Mike Lorrey

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