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Panasonic dmr85 Put the hard drive in my pc as you suggested but it wanted to format it.  I stopped as you said but what do I do now.  Thanks for your help.

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  • drloughney Jan 10, 2009

    Changed the capacitors as required - c1270 and c1271.  I now get past the "please wait" problem but the unit is frozen.  It was suggested to take the hard drive out and put it in a pc to retrieve the video material.  I put it in as you suggested but now it wants to initialize the disk.  Your comment was to cancel and ask.  So I am asking what can I do to retrieve the dvd data that is on the hard drive.   Thanks much.

  • drloughney Jan 10, 2009

    That is what I did, remove it from the dvd player, look up the instructions on the samsung drive, put the pin in the slave drive position and put it into my pc as the second hard drive.  With all that said, it still wanted to initialize it.  What am I doing wrong?  Again, thanks for taking the time.

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 11, 2010

    can you remind me of the original problem please



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What you need to do is take the hard drive out of the machine and plug it to another computer as a slave device to get the data

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  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Jan 11, 2009

    Don't initalize is as you will end up formatting the drive and loosing data, you will have to use a data recovery program on the computer to get the data.
    I recommend you use "easy recovery pro" if you use a torrent client download it from a torrent site and use it to recover the data

    Kind regards



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