FIRE DAMAGED MAGNETIC MEDIA
There is little chance for recovery if the tapes are warped, stuck together, or are shedding coating.
As soon as possible, separate, as those reels which appear to have sustained the least amount of heat damage.
Clean all debris from exposed surfaces.
Slowly perform at least two wind-rewind passes to inspect the tapes.
Rewind the tapes onto clean or new reels and make new labels.
Relax these rewound and cleaned tapes for 24 to 48 hours in the normal operating environment.
Perform a read and recopying pass. If the tapes will not load onto the transport at this time, store them in a low humidity environment and retry at intervals.
Tapes that are damaged only by heat will still become brittle and should be recopied.
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