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Format Error I filled up a sony DVD-RW disc (1.4GB) with video and pictures now I can't access it with my Sony DCR-DVD403 camera. It keeps giving me a 'Format Error' message but won't do anything else. I definately don't want to format it and lose what is on the disc. Is there any solution to make sure that I can watch/transfer the video and pictures?

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I had to format :/

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Re: Format Error

First option would be to attempt to read the disk in another DVD player, for example on a PC. If that succeeds then transferring the data can be done via the PC. Another thing to try is to reset your Camcorder - refer to the manual to locate the switch and then try again. If neither works then re-formatting is probably the only answer. Always format the disks in the camcorder - not elsewhere.Good luck.

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