Last month, we tackled all the floppy disks floating around from forever ago. This month, we'll master all the other 1990's technology by gathering up our VHS tapes. What in the world do you do with them when you don't have a VCR to even watch them on anymore?
First of all, if any of them are labeled "Father of the Bride" or "Super Bowl 1992," it's probably a pretty safe bet to let them go. For any that are unlabeled, it's worth tracking down a VCR at your grandmother's house or Goodwill to see what's on them. Once you've determined which ones contain important memories, we want to get them onto a more current technology for safekeeping!
There are a bunch of options for this, ranging from purchasing equipment to DIY to using fancier services that will handle it all for you. I can personally vouch for two services my clients have used: Legacybox and Southtree. Both services will convert the VHS tapes (or audio tapes, CDs, cassettes, etc.) to DVD or digital files. I recommend choosing both DVDs and a digital copy so you can keep one in an off-site location and one in your home. Memories like photo and video can't be replicated, so it's best to be careful! Whichever service you choose, make sure to keep an eye out for sales, deals, and discounts. These companies nearly always have a discount code available.
Next up we'll jump into the current era...what to do with mystery CDs and DVDs.