I have some old VHS tapes that I needed to get on disk and luckily, we have a VHS/DVD recorder that I can use. I wrote this article because I had to figure it out on my own just where the thin cardstock and tape had to go. Once I saw that the broken out tab was on the front of the tape it was a no-brainer.
It’s basically a simple task to cover up the hole in the tab on the front of the tape so that it can block the recorder from thinking it’s a write-protected tape. This doesn’t mean that you should copy commercial tapes to sell them. That would be wrong and illegal. If it’s your tape and you don’t plan to do that, then it’s OK to copy and save them in a more stable format.
Some things I would do first before you get wild and copy all your old tapes is make sure you don’t already have the same movie on disc. What a lot of wasted effort and time that would be!
Depending on the recorder you own, cue your tape to get to a smidge before the very beginning of the actual movie, pause it and then make sure your disc is on the right setting for the length of your movie, and that it is on a recording quality that suits you. When you're ready, just hit PLAY and RECORD and let the copying begin! Each recorder is different, so please read your owner's manual for more detailed directions.
There are two other ways you can go to achieve this recording goal. One is to buy your own recorder (they're hard to find anymore!)
Or, buy a device if you can't find a VHS/DVD recorder. VHStoDVD 8.0 Deluxe