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Cant get my computer to play my recorded tapes

Hi, a few months back my comp had a restore done on it which wiped out all my stuff. I dont know how I go about getting the comp to recognise my camcorder. Would I have had a disc to install first? and if so can I get a replacement? Sorry to sound so stupid about this and would really like some help on this problem. I have a few tapes that i would like to put onto disc if this is possible. Thanks for your help I hope . Regards Piglet

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