For data and media files on CDs and DVDs you can use the following directions to Rip the data onto your computer:
For older hardcopy mediums, like cassette tapes, you'll need to digitize your data first. There are two methods you can follow here.
- The first method is to purchase a USB cassette converter. There are tons of affordable options that you can pick from if you do an internet search. Once your converter has arrived, all you'll need to do is to plug the converter into your computer, install the software provided with the converter, and then digitize the cassette.
- The second option, which may provide a higher fidelity conversion, is to make use of an old tape deck. For this method to work, you'll need an old tape player or tape deck and a computer with an audio input port (like a mic port).
Most commonly, you'll need to make use of an aux cable (male-to-male 3.5mm cable) and you'll also need to make use of a free program called Audacity. This process can be complicated but should yield higher fidelity files.
The following tutorials provide the steps you'll need to follow to connect your equipment, set up Audacity, and record, edit, and export your files: