VHS tape, once taped over can the original recording be recovered?

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    Brydo
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      I was going through some really old stuff and found a VHS tape that once had video footage of my kids. I have a video recorder that hadn’t been used for many years. Would it work if I tried to view the tape. Yes it did but the footage had been recorded over.

      My question is can the original footage be recovered. I’m not too bothered about the cost I just want the footage as it has some family members who have since passed.

      I was really surprised that the recorder actually worked after these many years but not as surprised as finding the remote, with the original battery, worked too. It must be some fifteen years since it was last used so the battery still working was a shock. The battery was one of those thin circular disk-type, looking to fit about four hundred of them in my EV ?

      The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
      Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

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      Avatar photoWillis
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        I was going through some really old stuff and found a VHS tape that once had video footage of my kids. I have a video recorder that hadn’t been used for many years. Would it work if I tried to view the tape. Yes it did but the footage had been recorded over. My question is can the original footage be recovered. I’m not too bothered about the cost I just want the footage as it has some family members who have since passed. I was really surprised that the recorder actually worked after these many years but not as surprised as finding the remote, with the original battery, worked too. It must be some fifteen years since it was last used so the battery still working was a shock. The battery was one of those thin circular disk-type, looking to fit about four hundred of them in my EV ?

         

        Sorry, once it has been recorded over then it’s gone, due to the nature of the media. Digital is completely different but on the old magnetic tape the gaps between each frame recorded are tiny, so anything recovered would just be a shaky white line or two at best. Don’t believe anyone that tells you they can recover stuff as they won’t.

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        kezo
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          Once the control and video tracks have been erased by recording over the original there is no hope of meaningful recovery. Even if there are faint traces of the original in the guard bands there would be no feasable way of recovering the original. Put simply when you record over an existing recording the video recorders rotating head that phyically changes the tapes magnetic pariticles to specific locations. When rerecording on the tape, the Video recorders rotating head moves the magnetic particles to a different location the old recording doesn’t exist anymore.

          Digital is different.

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          #276247
          Brydo
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            That’s bad news guys but thanks for your input ?

            The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
            Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

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            Rich44
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              It is technically possible to at least partially recover some data but only for example for forensic purposes you won’t get full audio video back as it was given it’s analogue data not files Also the equipment necessary for this is by and large long gone. It can be done in a similar way to recovering data from a hard drive even after it’s been wiped multiple times but because it’s analogue data not individual files etc it’s certainly not easy.

              It’s involve deeply analysing magnetism of the medium itd cost a fortune and again only really be useful in certain cases for like forensics in a court case

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