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Hi Shai,

DAT2WAV is a command line program & can be frustrating. It's certainly 
not for the faint of heart. Fortunately, one of my sons is a programmer 
& can usually get me out of the mess that I got myself into. ;-)

That said, here are a couple of links that might be useful:

http://web.ncf.ca/aa571/dat2wav.htm

http://web.ncf.ca/aa571/download.htm

Happy Holidays,

CB

Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
www.baileyzone.net

On 12/19/2020 12:05 AM, Shai Drori wrote:
> Hi Corey
> This is very interesting to me. I tried to get this set up years ago and
> couldn't get it to work. I would love to hear more about it and maybe
> figure out how to get mine going again.
>
> Cheers
> Shai Drori
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> On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 6:30 AM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Richard,
>>
>> 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:
>> https://www.ojosoft.com/audio-converters/audio-converter.html
>>
>> Here is some software for sale:
>> https://www.boilsoft.com/audioconverter/dattowav.html
>>
>> Hope this helps.
>>
>> Happy Holidays,
>>
>> CB
>>
>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> www.baileyzone.net
>>
>> 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
>>> here:
>>>
>> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cavy7n84u8jlpgq/AAAazS7cHhPw3n7OdFwrw8Zla?dl=0
>>> 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
>>> reference.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>> Richard
>>>