No power - can I recover the hard drive with my Windows PC?
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
Nov 27, 2008 |
Panasonic DMR-E85H DVD Recorder