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No power - can I recover the hard drive with my Windows PC?

My unit is dead.......started to be temperamental and going through the self check loop, but now will not power up at all.

I have home video of my son on the HDD - can I recover this by plugging the HDD unit into my PC and retrieving the data? If so - do I need some software to do this as I have no idea of the format the HDD data is in.

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  • davegreen197 Nov 27, 2008

    Hi leecom72,

    Thanks for such a quick response. I've removed the drive from the PVR and plugged into my pc. Device Manager says it's working properly, but it's not assigned a drive letter. Do you know how I can get it to do so? I'm using XP Home.

    Appreciate your assistance!


  • davegreen197 Nov 27, 2008

    I can assign it a letter, but when browsing to the disk, it asks me to format, which I obviously don't want to do.





  • davegreen197 Nov 28, 2008

    I see - can you recommend a data recovery programme?

  • drloughney Jan 10, 2009

    I fixed my DMR -E85H DVD recorder with the new capacitors but now I am frozen.  I saw advice to hook up the hard drive to a pc but how do you actually do that?

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I just learned the hard way about the way the DMR-E85H manages the internal harddrive. The format information and the table of contents of all recorded video are stored on the unit, not on the HD. I tried the same thing - removed the HD and put it on the PC. Recognized the physical drive but found no partitions and said it was 100% unallocated. I tried a data recovery program (Nucleus Kernel for FAT and NTFS Demo) but it found no file information at all. I have a healthy E85 and a broken one (that I just bought hoping to fix it). I swapped HD's and formatted HD #2 on the healty unit - so I knew that HD was ok. When I put HD #1 back into the healthy unit, the unit immediately wanted to format it (I powered off at that point). By switching drives, the unit lost ALL information about the first drive. Then I put HD#2 back in and interestingly enough, even though it didn't ask to refomat it, the table of contents was gone (there was 1 program I had recorded to test it). So - if you get your unit repaired, it MAY retain the HD info and you will get your programs back. However, the repair may involve clearing the unit memory about your HD and in that case, your drive's data won't be recognized by the E85.
>>> now with all that said, MAYBE there is a data recovery utility somewhere that can extract the video data from the drive - did anything come of the reference to using a torrent client? I'd be curious to know as I still have my HD #1 with program info that the E85 can no longer see. I'd like more info if anyone has it on a powerful data extractor - but otherwise I hope this detail will be helpful. Shawn

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You can recover videos from the HDD with a Hex Editor
but it's not easy and takes a lot of time to do.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=16070641

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Yes you can, the computer will pick the drive up as any normal HDD, all you have to do is search for the files you want and copy them

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    Lee Hodgson Nov 27, 2008

    right click on "my computer" and select "manage" then click on "disk management" choose the drive and assign it a letter, if it asks you to format the disk then exit and don't make any changes
    get back to me if this happends

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  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 27, 2008

    thats correct, the computer probably doesn't recognise the file system and you have to use a data recovery programme

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    Lee Hodgson Nov 28, 2008

    do you use a torrent client?

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