Assuming that there is a digital output that will allow the drive to be backed up, do thework on the internal drive and then back it up on an external drive. 250 GB is not much. Mike Biel [log in to unmask] -------- Original Message -------- Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dub, dub, dub .... From: Chris J Brady <[log in to unmask]> Date: Sat, April 13, 2013 12:51 pm To: [log in to unmask] There is a thread debating about dubbing all in sight from LPs / 78s / cassettes / reel2reel tapes. But dubbing to what? Optical DVDs / CDs rely on the changing of the chemical properties of the substrate to retain digital recordings. DVD / CD pressing is beyond most peoples means. Further magnetic media such as hard-drives is reliant on the integrity of a spinning mechanism and read and write head to say nothing of the magnetic particles glued to the surface. Solid state devices seem reliable - after all if a camera lost at sea for years can eventually be returned with the images on the flash card still extant and downloadable - then something must be right with this media. So just what are all these folk dubbing to? What end-media are they using? And what is the retention-life of that media? Is it really suitable for archival recordings? Is anything suitable for archive recordings? As an aside I have just purchased a Panasonic EX99 combi deck to digitise and archive unique and culturally valuable recordings on gradually deteriorating VHS tapes. Reading the manual before setting it up - as you do - I was alarmed to read the statement that the 250GB hard-drive was fragile and not intended for the storing of archival recordings. Help!!! What can I use as the end dub media? So what about dubbing to optical disks? I can dub to RAM and then download to a computer - hard drive. But then what. Also it appears that I cannot make back-up copies of the hard-drive which as a computer professional I find rather alarming. Any ideas folks? Chris B. P.S. I am using self-bought domestic equipment for this project because funding was refused from the very Fund that should have supported it. I could have got professional dubs done. But now the urgency is to digitise the VHS tapes as best I can whilst they are still playable. The results will go to the BFI, BLSA, and other archives for visual and audio media.