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DISC ERROR ON DZ-GX5080A DVD CAMERA

I failed to finalize side A of a DVD_R disc. I then tried to play the video using the ImageMixwer 3 Mac Edition software that came with the camera. Got the message "disc Error," check disc. I clicked on the Repair prompt to no avail. I, then, finalized Side B & it played great on the Mac G-4. Obviously, I screwed up by forgetting to finalize side A. Is there any way I can retrieve the video?? I do have the tray for larger dvd playback. I really would love to retrieve my video from Side A, but since it is personal, I can't send it to a lab, etc. Can you help me with this??? Thanks!!!!

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  • taranzo37 Dec 23, 2008

    The solution offered is for Windows...I use the mac G4, OS 10... operating system. So, any data recovering program would have to relate to that....thanks for the effort.

  • taranzo37 Dec 23, 2008

    The disc has sides A & B. I finalized Side B after the error with Side A. So, it will not finaLize AFTER FINALIZING, I.E., SIDE B

  • taranzo37 Dec 23, 2008

    The problem is that the Hitachi camera will not play the c.d. because it was not finalized and now THE CAMERA does not play back or aLLOW ME TO FINALIZE THE DISC. Therefore, I cannot play it on the t.v. either...Tried that before......looking for a retreival solution.

  • taranzo37 Dec 23, 2008

    I am running MAC OSX 10.4.1, Tiger. I do not have Bootcamp or the Leopard system.

  • taranzo37 Dec 29, 2008

    ISOBuster is for windows users. As I said in my post, I have a Mac G4 running OSX 10.4.11. They don't have software for the mac........

  • taranzo37 Jan 03, 2009

    In error, I posted the problem being with a c.d.in one of my posts....it is with a dvd mini disc, DVD-R. How can I finalize Side A after failing to do so before I tried to play it back on the ImageMixer 3 software that came with the Hitachi DZ-GX5080A video camera. SEE ORIGINAL POST ABOVE

  • taranzo37 Jan 03, 2009

    BAPPA...HUH??? How can I have the original file if the camera won't allow the software to access the disc??? Did you read the original post of the problem??? Thanks...........

  • taranzo37 Jan 05, 2009

    If someone knows for sure, just let me know if it is at all possible to retrieve the video.....see problem post

  • taranzo37 Jan 08, 2009

    Thanks junoon 007....the disc is a 8cc mini disc....can't put it in the computer tray...too small. I am reading some of the info on the link you gave me but can find no specific instructions on how to "finalize" or "retrieve" the lost video.

  • taranzo37 Jan 10, 2009

    It is being done on Windows....why not Mac??? Anyone out there with Mac experience?? OSX, v10.4.11??? It just seems that there should be a way to go back and finalize the disc since I only used their software and hardware.....HELP!!!

  • taranzo37 Jan 10, 2009

    true, bunny....., I looked at the different Window softwares and they seem to work, but no MAC help. What's up with that??? Looking at Mac support groups but no problems similar to mine.

  • taranzo37 Jan 10, 2009

    DiscInternal is for WINDOWS....I HAVE A MAC.........

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Leecom72, I'll try that asap & get back to you. Thanks for your time.

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Thank you for sharing, Mike............

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    zabedaz, the camcorder will not recognize the disc, so it will now play on t.v. Already tried that and it only shows what comes up on the viewfinder....which is "ERROR, REPLACE DISC."

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Disc has sides A & B. I did finalize side B and it plays. I forgot to do side A, it will not play....posted that earlier.

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    The disc is a "mini-disc" that will not fit in the computer tray...........

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Nope, only for the larger disc.

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Thanks, I will try your solution asap.

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Thanks, Askmee, but it is for Windows & I have a mac OS.

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Thanks,Phoenix, but it's only for windows & I have a MAC OS, G4.

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Nope, won't play.........

  • taranzo37 Jan 15, 2009

    Ginko, software is for Windows only.........

  • taranzo37 Jan 16, 2009

    NOPE! Camera won't recognize disc in any format....says: REPLACE DISC

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The internal lens needs replacement for sure.as its not reading the disc.and the disc are new and getting detected by other device.so the lens needs replacement.but that to is a costly issue to get replaced.
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I am just trying to provide you some way, I don't have slightest idea of MAC. The disc which you are trying to retrive, put it in your PC.Try to open it using some disc image software and then after that try to burn to a new disc.
Please rate me appropriately if you are satisfied with my answer,in case, if you want any clarification please get back to me.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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Can you go into the disc and view the files on it? Not playback the video but actually go in and view the files. If so you may be able to reconstruct the video with video editing software.

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Can you still play the footage on side A and see in in the viewfinder? If so, are there A/V jacks on the camera? If so, maybe you could plug in to another recorder and play the footage and record it.

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contact Hitachi's tech support and see if they have any solutions for you

Good luck

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Try a program called alcohol 120 it has a feature that will close out unfinished dvd's might help you. a friend uses it in a crime lab. says it works wonders when trying to recover info from broken disks.

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Try this. Trial is free if it works you can buy pro
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Being As It Will Not Fit In The Comp There Really Is No Way To Save The Data. Just So We Are Clear Though You Realize Most Computers Will Take Smaller Disks Also Right? Open Your C.d Burner On Your Comp And See If It Has A Holder In The Plastic For The Smaller Disk As Well. Then You Can Copy It The File From The Disk And Use One Of The Many Programs Available To Try And Save The Data.

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You might be able to get the video if you put the dvd in your computer. Most of the time computers can read the data if it is not finalyzed. Hope this helps you out let me know if i can be any futher assistance.

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Has anyone here answered your question, maybe you should close this?

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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Sorry there is know way to retrive this. Just remember after finishing with one side finlize it so you do not lose anything.

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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Hi there
Because you use Mac you have very little options to retrieve the video, take the disk to a personal friend who uses a windows pc and copy the contents of the disk to that computer. You should then be able to re-burn the video to a disk.

Good luck

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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    Lee Hodgson Jan 15, 2009

    Hi there
    Seeing as the install disk is a "Mini Disk" get an external CD/DVD rom that is compatible with Mac and try again.
    Alternatively, copy the disk on a windows machine to a flash drive that is formatted to FAT file system ( Mac recognize's FAT ) and copy it to the Mac desktop and try install again.
    Unfortunately Mac is only a business tool and is in no way as flexible as Windows ( except Vista ), you just need to be able to get the install program on the machine

    Good luck



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I can suggest a solution.. unfortunately i can't seem to find a program (freeware) that works on a mac. you need to run a data recovery program such as isobuster (shareware) to recover the files from the disk. most of these types of programs are actually quite effective.
here is a quote
"Software for recovering files from corrupted CD, DVD, HD DVD, Blu-Ray and etc disks. Freeware tool restores information lost as a result of some mechanical damage of the disk (scratches, chips, different spots on the surface)"
but again i cannot find a program that will run on a mac tho i'm sure you would have sources and you know now what to look for.

take care

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No there is nothing THAT will recover it .But if someone says there is tell me how.SORRY I WAS NOT MORE HELP BUT THE ANSWER IS NO YOU CAN NOT. Please do not forget to vote.RICHARDM69

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Sir,

Click this link for more info.

Also try the isobuster this is the link for vista isobuster. Also put the dvd in computer and open it and try to copy and paste.

thanks
goodluck

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Hi
Clean the optical lens in camera with nice quality soft cotton swab.If you don't mind paying out some money, data recovery experts can possibly retrieve the data. You may want to try doing it yourself though because at least you know you won't damage the actual disk. Who knows what will happen to it after it has left your possesion.

Some thoughts that come to mind that you could try.

If you hook the camera up to your PC with USB can you use explorer to see the files? If you can download them and you should be able to burn them to a DVD.

If you cannot get the files by USB can you hook the camera up to a video source ie: tv and watch the video? If you can then you should be able to hook up to a VCR/DVD Recorder/pc and capture the video.

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Well if you have the original file you can always copy it to a DVD -R and finalise it. However you will not be able to retieve the file from the Disc.

Thanks

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Try the software here: CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD File Data Recovery/Rescue software

This is the most common recovery software that works on MAC, see if it works.

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Download and install ISOBuster.

http://www.download.com/IsoBuster/3000-2
thanks

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If it's that important then do it old fashion way put your camcorder to play on your tv while showing have a vcr and hit record with a vhs tape, it will capture whatever is showing on the tv and later on you could convert the vhs to dvd. hope this help

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

  • Jerry Parmanand Dec 23, 2008

    Disc error Hitachi dvd camcorder
    DVD camcorders were first launched by Hitachi, followed by other brands such as Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Samsung. The main selling point of Hitachi DVD camcorders is their ability to record video directly to a mini DVD disc (8 centimeters in size) and play that disk back on home DVD players. Hitachi recommend Maxell brand DVD discs for use with Hitachi DVD Camcorders and can record and play back a wide range of disc and memory formats including DVD-R DVD-RW DVD-RAM DVD+RW and SD Card. According to Hitachi there are 3 main reasons for not supporting other manufacturers discs:

    1. Some DVD discs may not work due to their construction. Possibly a disc has a very thin writing surface, one so thin that the DVD Camcorder laser cannot properly write information.

    2. Quality of DVD discs...some DVDs may be able to be written to, but will also peel and become defective within a short period of time. This can occur even within a year after writing a disc

    3. While some DVD-R discs can be written and finalized from Hitachi camcorders, they may not play back on all DVD players due to different writing surface depths.

    The only discs that Hitachi can verify as suitable for the Hitachi DVD Camcorders, for functionality and longevity and playback, are the Maxell brand discs.

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Turn the DVD the other way in the DVD camcorder and finalize it that way. It should work.

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    The only thing that finalizing does is close out the file and complete the DVD so that it can be played back. If you put it in there on that side and finalize it will back the video viewable. You may lose the end of it.

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Hi,
there is software out there that can help you in recovering the contents of a dvd, give this software a try and report back
http://www.diskinternals.com/cd-dvd-recovery/

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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