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vhs tapes to dvd - 12/30/2005 11:18:27 AM   
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Hi, I got a DVD / VCR recorder for Christmas. I originally was going to transfer all my VHS tapes (probably a 100 or more) over to DVD. Would this be a waste of time ? Will the recordings on the VHS tapes fade quickly, or will it stay for a fairly long time. Thanks, Mike
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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 12/30/2005 12:42:38 PM   
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The good DVD media burned from a good burner last quite a long period. There are other benefits of doing this such as putting several tapes on a DVD disc for example...


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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 12/30/2005 3:27:35 PM   
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My question is---will the movies that are currently on the VHS tapes last a long time, or should I go through the trouble to transfer them over. Except for the Christmas shows that we watch yearly, I can't remember when we last viewed the other movies. However some of them are special, like the kids growing up, a vacation to Hawaii etc.

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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 12/30/2005 5:17:46 PM   
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VHS deteriorates very rapidly, I would transfer them.


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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 12/30/2005 5:38:16 PM   
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Yeap, tapes are not last long, but still don't forget that the burning quality depends on the media and the burner which means that not a few times you burn something and then you lose it.
Since those movies are so priceless to you make sure you get decent media.


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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 12/30/2005 6:41:47 PM   
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Thanks Antonio and MP3Mogul for the replies,  Mike

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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 12/30/2005 8:29:07 PM   
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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 1/12/2006 6:39:28 PM   
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What do you all make of this article ?  An article in PC World
Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?
 Optical discs may not be your best bet for storing digital media long term, expert says.
John Blau, IDG News ServiceTuesday, January 10, 2006

Opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs. Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, has his own view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime.













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"Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD," Gerecke says. "There are a few things you can do to extend the life of a burned CD, like keeping the disc in a cool, dark space, but not a whole lot more."
The problem is material degradation. Optical discs commonly used for burning, such as CD-R and CD-RW, have a recording surface consisting of a layer of dye that can be modified by heat to store data. The degradation process can result in the data "shifting" on the surface and thus becoming unreadable to the laser beam.
"Many of the cheap burnable CDs available at discount stores have a life span of around two years," Gerecke says. "Some of the better-quality discs offer a longer life span, of a maximum of five years."
Distinguishing high-quality burnable CDs from low-quality discs is difficult, he says, because few vendors use life span as a selling point.

Similar LimitationsHard-drive disks also have their limitations, according to Gerecke. The problem with hard drives, he says, is not so much the disk itself as it is the disk bearing, which has a positioning function similar to a ball bearing. "If the hard drive uses an inexpensive disk bearing, that bearing will wear out faster than a more expensive one," he says. His recommendation: a hard-drive disk with 7200 revolutions per minute.
To overcome the preservation limitations of burnable CDs, Gerecke suggests using magnetic tapes, which, he claims, can have a life span of 30 years to 100 years, depending on their quality. "Even if magnetic tapes are also subject to degradation, they're still the superior storage media," he says.
But he's quick to point out that no storage medium lasts forever and, consequently, consumers and business alike need to have a migration plan to new storage technologies.
"Companies, in particular, need to be constantly looking at new storage technologies and have an archiving strategy that allows them to automatically migrate to new technologies," he says. "Otherwise, they're going to wind up in a dead-end. And for those sitting on terabytes of crucial data, that could be a colossal problem."

What does he mean by "magnetic tapes" Mike



 
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RE: vhs tapes to dvd - 5/10/2006 8:09:09 AM   
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Hi.
I have Pioneer DVR-310 DVD Recorder and a lot of Disney Videos. I want to transfer them to DVD .I have ordered the DVD Red PRO http://www.xdimax.com/dvd/dvdredpro.html
and received it very quickly. And it is working flawlessly without any problems. I'm wary happy with it .

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