Your hard drive needs to be replaced. They don't tell you in the operators manual, but these drives are extremely vulnerable to shock (even a 1/4" drop can kill them) and temperature change.
These machines are not sophisticated enough to mark bad sectors and work around them. Without a new hard rive, your machine will not work.
It is very unlikely, but there is a tiny chance you could reset the hard drive with a service remote. But considering how expensive and difficult it is to get a service remote, it is not worth the effort. You would also need a service manual, whic BTW is not particularly good, so you would need a lot of time and the chances of success are very small.
Considering repair costs, you may be better off financially to get a new DVR.
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Did the previous machine show EXACTLY the same problem, or did that machine have another issue?
Regarding this one, does the DVD drive respond well to playback discs, such as commercial release DVDs, or DVDs recorded on other machines? Does it play back CDs OK? If it passes these tests, move on to-
I suggest trying to record on different discs - such as a DVD-RAM, or on a different brand of DVD-R, or DVD-Rs from a different batch to your current ones.
If the machine succeeds here, all good and well, if it fails at this point, it seems the machine is faulty and should be returned.
The DVD has burned incorrectly and the data has likely corrupted somewhat to the point where the DVD player/writer can't read it. You may be able to watch it on your computer with a DVD drive.
Try saving it to your computer, then erasing the disc and trying to record something short to it and play it back - if it plays back, it's likely to have been a recording problem, however, if you get the same problem, it may be a dodgy disc, a faulty DVD player/writer, or a format problem.
Try this, in order left to right.
Copy DVD to PC -> Erase DVD -> Record on DVD from TV -> Play back
If plays back
Erase DVD -> Continue as normal
Buy DVD-RW (emphasis on the minus) -> Try using that
If that works continue as normal, otherwise...
Return the DVD player/writer under warranty for repair/replacement.
my l g hard drive recorder/dvd,suddenly would not delete programmes that i wanted to edit ,also the timeshift would not work,but i could still record ok,and i had a few hours space left on the hard drive .so i copied to disc my favourite stored programmes ,about 3 discs,and put them to one side .
i tried then to format the complete hard drive ,but it didnt do anything !so i put it on record for 7hours on sp,then i stopped recording, and tried deleting the programme straight away ,and it did !it also cleaned the hard drive empty ! the timeshift is ok and all else is ok ,so i fixed it witha bit of my logic !hope this helps someone one day !
can i suggest you record vhs tapes on maxell dvd-r or tdk dvd-r (if you wish to keep them) used the dvd-rw to record those sporting events / movies or specials that you might not be around for....(because any one can accidently erase an dvd-rw).......now that formatting dvd-rw issue. i found that dynex http://www.dynexproducts.com/c-11-storage-media.aspx dvdv-rw works best with toshiba . i record all the ultimate fights erase (format) after i look at and on to next good luck