Sound and video recordings on magnetic tapes

Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours:

  • Immediately rinse off rolls or cassettes if soaked by dirty water.
  • Dry within 48 hours if stored in paper boxes. Otherwise, tapes may be stored for several days.
  • Do not touch magnetic media with bare hands.
  • Do not scratch the surface of exposed magnetic tape.
  • Send to a commercial vendor for salvage. See also Salvage of Wet Videotapes.