Data Media Storage

Many articles have mention the importance of proper storage of magnetic tapes and recommendations have been incorporated into published standards covering relative humidity, temperature and air purity.

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Many articles have mention the importance of proper storage of magnetic tapes and recommendations have been incorporated into published standards covering relative humidity, temperature and air purity. Storage at high humidity ( > 70% RH) will result to high moisture content in the tape pack and degradation of the binder will occur.

On the other hand, high humidity will also increase tape pack stresses as the tape absorbs moisture from the air and expands, causing distortion of the tape backing and increase in permanent dropouts.

Fungal growth is another problem which occurs in high humidity as molds can live off the binder polymer and added components and cause a binder breakdown. Hairy growths at the edges of the tape are another sign of mold and these spores can get onto the tape surface and cause many dropouts.
Electronic Dry Cabinets are one of the most effective method in protecting digital media, microfilms, memory disks, LTO tapes and cartridges. For important archival records stored in LTO tapes , the recommended humidity for medium to long term storage is 20% ~ 50%. Proper storage of video tapes protects the tape from organic mold growth and other damage that adds noise to the images reducing the quality of the recorded material.

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