Preserve Your VHS Collection for the Next 50 Years


Ryan Beitz isn’t a name you’ve probably heard before, but he might end up in the record books one day. The Idaho native has been collecting every copy of “Speed” on VHS that he can lay his hands on. So far, he’s amassed a sizable collection of 500 tapes, but he’s not stopping there — he plans on purchasing every single copy in the world.

However, he’s going to run into a pretty unique problem if he accomplishes his goal. Recent releases like “Despicable Me 2” have sold 5 million copies, and “Speed” was one of the biggest blockbusters of 1994. Every VHS tape is approximately 29 cubic inches, so if he ends up purchasing a million copies and fills up every last inch of his home, his house will be overflowing. While it’s unlikely that he’ll accomplish his goal, it’s within the realm of possibility.

Taking Care of Your Media Library

If you’re like most people, you haven’t converted all of your old VHS tapes and DVDs to digital copies on your hard drive. Media storage takes up a ton of space in your home, but there’s absolutely no way that you’ll get rid of your old movies.

You’re probably storing your vast movie collection in your basement, garage, or attic to free up room in your home. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that the heat and humidity will break down the magnetic tape found in VHS cassettes within 10 years. The only safe location for media storage is in an air conditioned environment, and unless you’re willing to store all of your movies in your home, your next best bet is a climate controlled storage facility.

Most towns have at least one self storage business, and climate controlled storage protects your sensitive media by maintaining a stable temperature and humidity level. While storing media in your home is free, you’ll either have to sacrifice space or watch your movie collection degrade over the next few years.

Visit Find Local Storage to find a climate controlled storage facility near you and start protecting your media collection today!

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