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How to recover data from old reel to reel tape recorder??

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Was in a radio station a few years back in Khon Kaen, they still had a old reel to reel. Would be easy to transfer to any media format 

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3 hours ago, hyku1147 said:

https://www.bing.com/search?q=recover+data+from+reel+to+reel+tape&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=recover+data+from+reel+to+reel+tape&sc=1-35&sk=&cvid=8AD728D9555049CA99B9E80120E4C9AA

 

Alternatively, a layman could project the tape on a screen, then film it with a good camera phone. Subsequently, one could process the recording with a video enhancing program.

A "reel tape" – short for "reel to reel tape" – is normally an audio recording on 1/4" magnetic tape; home videos were mostly 1/2" cassettes (Philips VCR, CVC, U-matic, Beta, or VHS) apart from some few very early video-recorders in the 60'ies and early 70'ies.

 

To OP @jko: Depending of the tape brand, the tape's magnetic coating's binder material might have suffered from humidity in air. Mainly Agfa, Ampex, and Scoth (Scotch magnetic recording tape) suffered from this if manufactured from late 1970'ies and during the 80'ies, also called "sticky-shed syndrome". Also other consumer brands might be affected.

 

There is however a cure available: Baking the tape in a (convection) oven at low temperature – but don't use the same oven, as you have used for the Xmas turkey...😉

 

The sticky tapes caused huge problems to both music and TV/video industry.

 

You can read more about it, and the baking trick, on Wikipedia. You can find more detailed descriptions by using Google-searching.

 

PS: I'm from music business, and unfortunately I know the sticky-shed syndrom a bit too well...🤨

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I'd like to sincerely thank all those folks who responded with useful suggestions to this post. This is Thaivisa at its best, and it is a hugely valuable resource of advice and information to everybody living here, or planning to come here.

 

The tape is an audio recording, dates to 1969, and it has endured decades of climate variations. It may therefore not be recoverable. I will post a message here if I succeed.

 

Meanwhile, renewed thanks - very much appreciated.

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