I'd just like to point out that after having transferred your videos to another format, DO NOT under any circumstances ditch your tapes or deck. I watched a major university throw out two thirty yard containers of films after they had transferred them to that paragon of viewing, VHS.
Put your tapes back in their cases, and put your deck in the box it came in (or a reasonable substitute) buy a large dessicant brick and put all of it in a clean and vermin proof container, put that container in an area of your home that remains a comfortable temp, not an attic or basement/crawlspace.
Once every year or so remove everything, fire up the deck and fast forward and reverse each tape and check on the dessicant. When done return everything to storage just like outlined above. If that's too awkward then start thinking about which tapes to throw away . . .
This is the best way for consumers to deal with this issue, not the only way. There are varying levels of adherence to this system with of course, varying levels of success
Please remember, Drives fail on a regular basis and operating systems change to a format that doesn't recognize prior file systems so really not much is permanently "safe".
Tapes and decks CAN be repaired and much less expensively than a drive.
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