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Re: arsclist DAT Longevity (a question)
At 03:18 PM 07/09/2001 -0500, Karl Miller wrote:
Does anyone have a source for information on the longevity of DAT tapes?
The short answer is I have less faith that I'll be able to play the DATs of
the old tapes I've transferred 55 years from now than my ability to play
the original 55-year old tapes.
The narrow track width and the long-term availability of machines are my
major concerns. Some are also concerned about the thinness of the tape and
the type of coating.
If you noticed Parker Dinkins's post about the tape wandering--my transfers
of 55-year old tapes had the tape doing a bobsled run on the heads. That
kind of deformation would be pretty hard to track on a DAT!
I think that the major faith for long-term survival is being placed in gold
CD-Rs and analog tape.