How To Fix a Damaged VHS Tape

VHS (Video Home System) Tape is a type of video that holds a maximum of 430 meters of tape with a playtime of three hours and thirty minutes. It was first launched in 1976 by JVC, a Japanese company. Today, it is considered old, more of an antique type of video tape. If you find some old VHS tapes lying around your house and discovered that it contains some of your most memorable experiences in the past but for some reason, you cannot play it on your old VCR machine, that is a good indication of a damaged tape. Do not panic. There are several ways to fix this. You do not even need a professional to do it for you. Read on to learn more.

  1. Prepare all the materials first. You will need an acrylic solvent, cotton pads, a new empty VHS cassette, tape leader, a bit of adhesive, screwdriver and a pair of scissors.
  2. Carefully disassemble the VHS tape and look for any suspicious looking part or area inside. Usually, you can find it on the actual tape. Scrutinize it from the beginning until the very end of the tape. It is crucial that you do this very gently and slowly so that you will not miss any damaged area. When disassembling the tape, make sure that you keep in mind the correct order when you took the parts out to avoid confusion when putting it all back later.
  3. As soon as you see the damaged part, carefully cut it out and remove it from the tape. You can easily do this by applying an acrylic solvent to completely wipe twelve to fifteen inches of magnetic backing on the tape. Thoroughly dry it off using a cotton pad. Repeat this step until you get to the very end of the tape.
  4. Get a new empty VHS casing. Put in the damaged tape in to the new cassette. If you removed a tape area that is too long, you can shorten this by cutting it out. Put some adhesive to stick the edges together. Do this as neatly as possible to avoid it from being too bulky.
  5. Wind it back up and put in a new leader on the beginning and end of the tape. Put the remaining parts back again by following the way you have disassembled the first VHS cassette (see step 1). For precautionary measures, immediately make a duplicate copy using a DVD this time.

Always be careful and do not hurry when you are doing this procedure. It is important that you double check everything before cutting or removing any part from the VHS tape. Secure all screws in one place so that you will not lose any of them. And finally, make sure that you do this in a clean and dry surface to avoid further damage. If this procedure did not successfully repair your damaged VHS tape, this is a good time for you to consult a professional technician. Good luck!


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