Back in the day, (last year) there was a Yahoo group called: "DAT to
WAV." I've used the software & it works. I dedicated a legacy PC to a
data drive, (one needs a specific data drive) & loaded a bunch of SFX
backups. If no one is available in the UK, perhaps the software can be
used after the tapes are rescued.
Here is some freeware (I think): https://tinyurl.com/ycdudelh or:
Here is some software for sale:
Hope this helps.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 12/18/2020 1:24 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> Hi, All,
> Apologies for cross posting. I'm not certain how much overlap there is
> between ARSC and IASA.
> I have been contacted by someone in the UK asking if I could recover
> some flood-damaged data DAT (DDS-2) tapes. There are about a dozen
> cassettes. Before I confirmed he was from the UK, I already suggested
> Spec Brothers, but he would prefer someone in the UK or Europe due to
> shipping costs (but how will the UK/EU
> These contain a "Retrospect" backup of all the files of a multitrack
> recording project. The flood occurred 20 years ago and the original
> 2-inch reel tapes were deemed unsalvageable at that time and are no
> longer available. These DDS-2 tapes are the only surviving copy (if
> they have survived). I have filed two pictures of one of the cassettes
> If any of you know of a person/firm who would like to have a go at
> this project, I can put them in touch with the owner.
> I have already told him that this should have been addressed
> immediately and the 2-inch reels should have been the priority. I've
> also mentioned that I wasn't certain if these were MP or ME tapes, but
> there may be questions about moisture and the magnetic particles
> oxidizing. Then of course there is the issue of a Retrospect backup
> which could be one large file spread across the dozen or so tapes,
> implying that every tape must be recoverable to possibly get anything
> (I'm not certain of that, but I never felt comfortable with these
> large, segmented backup files.
> Anyway, good luck to the person who steps up to do this. I would like
> to hear if these were recovered in the end, just for a frame of