How do I move the data from broken DVD Recorder HD, to my PC?
I have tried to use the HD in a USB HD case , but my PC dose not recognise the format, If I reformat, I will lose my precious data. Is the a program that I can download, that will recognise the DVD Player format?
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DVD recorders are usually not the first selection for backup of data files. you may be better off with a 1 Tbyte external drive, which is suited for that purpose. Even though the DVD drive has the capacity, there are usually formatting issues with data files being burned to a DVD recorder.
You were not too clear on the problem, but if you mean playback, then a very good program is PowerDVD. It will access the files stored (Pinnacle and other capture devices, store the files as .mpg typed, NOT DVD .vob files.) Software like AVS video Converter, can create the DVD formatted disks; trial is free download.
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
Make sure the DVD has been finalised. When you finalise a DVD the recorder puts all the disc content information at the start of the disc so that any device you put it into can find out what is on the disc without scanning through 4.7 Gigs of data, (which would take so long it would drive people mad everytime they put a disc into anything). Because the table has not been written the PC cannot see what is on the Disc. Another possible answer: some makes, Orion for one have a Virtual Record mode that it was not possible to play in any other device. And Orion do make products for Goodmans. Most likely the first answer though.
what can happen is that the voltage supplied to the usb port is not enough to power the recorder to transfer data, assuming you have tried other usb ports, and tried leaving other connected peripherals out connected to a usb port, it is always better to use a mains powered usb hub when connecting things like mp3 players and digital recorders as some motherboards, especially low powered units struggle with some peripherals.