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You may have the disc shutter closed preventing recording. You should never interrupt the recorder when it is trying to write to disc, you probably corrupted the table of contents (TOC) on the disc and need to reformat it to use it again. If your deck is older you may have worn out the recording heads preventing it from writing to the disc in the worst case.
Probably not. There are various reasons that TOC errors occur, some are fixable and others not, but Sharp MD units were really known to suffer from them for multiple reasons all at once. TOC means Table Of Contents; it's an index file on the disc which tells the host machine where everything on the disc is located and the TOC is modified whenever you edit a disc. Sometimes the file gets corrupted, but often the machine itself simply becomes unable to read the disc and as the TOC is the first thing it tries to read then you get a TOC error.
If you're lucky the TOC error is limited to a single minidisc; if this is the case then it's just one faulty disc and although there are ways to perform TOC cloning they usually involve hacking the host machine in various ways which may cause permanent damage. Unless the disc is important, just chuck it away and use a new one. If the fault is with the player then again, just chuck it into the nearest electronic waste recycling bin. Spares are not available, and as it's a Sharp, diagnosis will be difficult and the fault likely to return.
Many MD players are practically worthless these days so they're often available on FreeCycle and Freegle groups: Sony are the preferred choice by far, and are also the most commonly offered brand, but take whatever is on offer without complaint and worry about problems later; after all, they are free.
Your problem is that MiniDisc is only a one-way street. Music can be copied from another device or (with a Net MiniDisc) digitally transferred from a host pc onto the MD unit, but not the other way around. Confusion arises because in older versions of Sony SonicStage, music could be checked in and out of the device. When checking out, a copy was made onto MD along with a digital rights licence. The original stayed on the host pc and could only be checked out on three additional devices at any one time. When checking music back in, the device simply erased the digital copy on the MD and transferred the licence data back into the host pc, so that one of the four possible copies was restored and made available for further check-outs. Later SonicStage software abandoned this clumsy "check-in, check-out" process but tracks downloaded onto an MD under the old process could not even be erased from an MD until checked back in again.
There is no hack or modification for this; the hardware and firmware simply is not provided in the MiniDisc system design to allow it.
A later and brief-lived development of the system was the Hi MiniDisc (Hi-MD). This does allow the user to upload material recorded onto the device to a host pc, but still does not allow you to upload material from pre-recorded sources or from your old collection. This is because uploads are possible only when using a dedicated 1GB Hi-MD, when the system uses older legacy MD's it uses different processing circuitry with all the old limitations.
Your only option is analogue transfer in real time. You can improve the quality if you are able to use the optical transfer provided on some models, you'll also find that some models allow you to bypass the output volume circuitry on the headphone jack by setting it to line output. But there is no way to speed up the transfers, sorry.
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The MZ-B10 is a very different beast under the skin to all of the other non-business models made around the same time and the only hacks which were around were for the MZ-Nseries models, where lower specced models could be hacked to have some, most or all of the facilities of the top model.
All of these models were "Net" MiniDisc models (they could digitally download from a host pc, but digital uploading from the unit was physically impossible).
Unfortunately, the B10 is not a Net model; the internal hardware and firmware is more similar to the earlier units. Even if it were possible (and it definitely isn't), the B10 lacks the controls to use the facility and is incompatible with the remote controls which could have potentially added the necessary controls.
If you want shuffle play then your only option is to get an additional MD model. Not difficult as they can often be had for nothing on FreeCycle these days.
Connect the unit to your computer with the USB. It will show up as an external hard drive. Click on the unit from the menu and you will see 3 folders on the menu. Drag any mp3 music file from your computer to the "Music" folder on the unit. The problem you may run into however is that itunes music are copy righted and many songs on your computer may be mp4. You may need to rip directely from the cd's onto the computer, or even burn to a disc and then rip them back.
You can't do this digitally, it's a fundamental hardware restriction in
the the NetMD specification and is to prevent music piracy.
Unfortunately it also catches anyone who has used the machine to record
The only way that you can transfer the
music is via an analogue audio patch lead. You can improve the quality of the analogue output though by setting the headphone output to line output. The MZ-N707 lacks this as standard but the circuitry is present and can be accessed by rebooting the machine as an MZ-N910 (see below).
that there is no way around this restriction: all NetMD
players/recorders completely lack the hardware needed to make digital
uploads to other devices so there is no hack or firmware mod to
overcome this issue.
The later (and far more expensive) HiMD
machines do not have this restriction but you still cannot use them to
upload material recorded on a regular MD to other devices. They will
only upload from a HiMD.
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you'd like to see how to acquire all the features of the MZ-N910
on an MZ-N707 (except for the selectable microphone sensitivity option) then visit