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

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:17:29 MDT

Keep in mind that if his 'life's work' was on tapes that had been written years
ago, on tapes that are a few decades old, there is a distinct chance of losing a
good chunk of data in many places. Some tapes of the older and lower quality
types (esp dealing with 9 track), are extremely hard to recover data off of after
storage for many years even under the best of conditions. I'm experienced dealing
with poor quality tapes, some of which are older than I am, and its no picnic. If
the winding of the tape loosened at all, water would have seeped in between the
tape material rather easily.

It can be done, but it is expensive. wrote:

> Thanks for all the replies re restoring flood-damaged tape-stored data. It
> will make the deposition I'm taking tomorrow of the guy who claims to have
> irretrievably lost his life's work very interesting.
> Greg Burch <>----<>
> Attorney ::: Vice President, Extropy Institute ::: Wilderness Guide
> -or-
> ICQ # 61112550
> "We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know
> enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another
> question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species."
> -- Desmond Morris

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