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Mini DVD Camcorder Problem

I have a Sony DCR-DVD201 camcorder,. I when I bought it I was told it would record on ANY mini dvd -R or -RW's. I bought a pkg of 5 Memorex Mini dvd-R. The first disk recorded beautifully, but I didn't finalize it. The second disk also seemed to be recording really good but when it got to the end of the disk it said ERROR and "Data Not Recoverable". I was angry, but ok, I tried a new disk, this time Maxell and it recored fine. I forgot I had a problem with the Memorex disk and the next time I used the camera I grabbed a new Memorex disk, inserted and recorded. All went well till the end and I got the ERROR message and Data Not Recoverable. I took the camera to the store and they sent it away for testing and said it was fine but the disks (Memorex) were faulty and I should only use Sony brand. I told them the Maxell had worked fine and then they said it was OK to use them too. I went home and made a Test disk with one More Memorex (I had 5 after all) and it worked beautifully. My question is, is there any way I can re-cover the data on the two Memorex disks that the camera no longer recognizes? They have stuff on them that was really special to me and I can't understand where the data went if the camera recorded it. Thanks for your help Jaminjan

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I bought some Maxell CD-Rs and had the same problem. Save some grief and only go Sony brand discs. I know; I hate it, too, but better than losing my footage.

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You will never be able to recover the information. Sony's system really will have problems with third party brands; there is particular engineering that makes this so. In my shop (Sony authorized), I have seen this problem many times. If you insist on using other brands, get used to problems. As your laser assembly wears it will become more problematic. Good luck, magic seadog

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