Recover my old Data on my VHS tape

April 11, 2017 at 22:26:52
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I accidentally tape over something on my VHS tape can I recover my old Data back. I need some help I feel bad it was something about my kids when they was little.

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#1
April 12, 2017 at 02:14:46
No, content which has been recorded over on a VHS tape cannot be recovered owing to the technology of that system.

It's not like a computer hard drive where deleted content can often be recovered. VHS tapes don't work like that.

For VHS recordings that you want to preserve, you should have snapped off the small plastic tab on the edge of the cassette. When you do that you can't record over it (but playback still works).

It's too late for that now.

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#2
April 12, 2017 at 07:16:53
Before recording the VHS tape passes by an erase head that erases any previous content. The now clean tape is then overwritten with the new content. I serviced these machines for more than 10 years and was asked this question on multiple occasions. Sorry, but all content up to the end of the new recording is gone with no possibility of recovery. Some mistakes cannot be undone.

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