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In the case of DAT I would make an exception and toss them. 
Shai

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On 23 בפבר 2013, at 04:13, ADRIAN COSENTINI <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Never, ever dump the originals. You never know.
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> ADRIAN COSENTINI
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> On Feb 22, 2013, at 8:52 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
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>> A former client asked me if I thought they should keep their DATs that I successfully transferred to their professionally-managed data storage system (ie they have a staff IT guy and there's off-site backup). I can't see any reason for them to take up space with the DATs, since they don't have any playback equipment. We verified all the transfers and I recommended they burn CD backups of anything particularly valuable (these were mostly public lectures and other such events from an academic institution). Some of the material has been fed to an online streaming archive, so there's been decent digital proliferation of the material.
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>> Aside from an impulse to hoard, would there be any other reason to keep obsolete and cloned DAT tapes around?
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>> -- Tom Fine