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I wonder how much of that old data is still on magnetic tape? What is the life expectancy of magnetic tape? Will they copy the old tapes to maintain them? Or transfer the data to the cloud?

I recall Johnie Carson saying that tapes of his old shows were discarded because no one wanted to pay the storage fees.

Cloud storage must be a lot less costly than physical storage of magnetic tapes. But its not free.

I understand the masters of films on magnetic tape are stored in special vaults to protect them from the effect of magnetics in the environment.

The incentives to discard old, little used records are many.
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