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Tape degradation can be broken down into several categories: time, storage, handling and use.
Time: Over time the components of a video tape degrade. Most importantly the magnetic particles that contain data become instable and their physical properties change.
Storage: The environment in which you store video can accelerate the degradation process. The magnetic particles respond to environmental factors such as temperature fluctuations, extreme temperature, humidity, pollution, and sunlight.
Handling: Poor handling can expiate degradation. Avoid dropping the tape or handling the tape. It is easy to transfer dust, dirt and, grease onto tapes.
Use: The quality of your tape deck is important. A misaligned deck can stretch/tear tape and pack tape poorly. A dirty deck can turn small debris into large scratches. Each time a tape is played friction occurs assisting the degradation process..
While there are many factors that contribute to the longevity of a video tape most experts agree that the life span is 8-12 years. However as time passes tapes continue to degrade. We recommend transferring your tapes to digital within the five years. Transfer tapes to DVD with ease go to: http://stashspace.com/my-account/tape-drive.stm and keep your memories safe!