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Hardware Review – Smartdisk’s Videosafe

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Video tapes degrade over time. If you don’t do anything, they will eventually be unusable.

We found a piece of hardware by Smardisk called VideoSafe. It’s simplicity itself with a usb connector and jacks for video, left and right audio and s-video. The software by arcsoft is also minimalist. The unit was just $49 at OfficeMax.

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Magnavox MWR20V6 – VHS to DVD Dubbing

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As we mentioned in a previous post, the device we bought to try to copy our VHS tapes to DVD via the PC just didn’t work out.

Instead, we purchased a Magnavox MWR20V6. Among other things, this device has the ability to copy your VHS tapes to DVD and vice versa, if the tapes are not copy protected.

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Buffalo 1 TB Linkstation Network Addressable Storage Device

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Our main desktop was getting a bit long in the tooth. My biggest fear at this point would be a hard drive failure. I’ve transferred most of my day to day activity to my Vista Laptop. That has been working well since I can now work downstairs. I was running out of drive space on the desktop and had been moving files to USB hard drives.

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