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Cannot read disc, unable to recognize..........HELP

We recorded on the Canon DC210 cam corder and my husband went to take still pictures and the disc that was in there came up saying "unable to recognize recording disc."
We did not change the disc, nor finalize it, because it still had alot of room on it and wanted to continue on it.
I took the disc out, and replaced it back in, and then the camera tells me that it is reading it, (takes a good 2mins) and then tells me that it cannot read it.
I went to put it on my computer and my computer keeps telling me to insert disc, when it is in there.
I placed it in our Sony DVD player for the TV and it won't read it there either.
Have we lost everything on it?
How do we fix this??
I have precious movies on it.

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  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2007

    Camera was returned and received a new one and still the same problems.

    Yes it is plugged into the wall, and well, yes, we are trying to finalize it and still can't.

    The menu for it to be finalized is not highlighted.

    Canon------------NO HELP whatsover on this matter.

    They blamed the manufacture of the "recommended" discs.

    JVC, Memorex, same thing, no help, just put the blame back on Canon.

    This is the worst camera that I have ever had, especially with customer service support.

    I am getting rid of this thing tomorrow!

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

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In order to finalize your disc the dc210 MUST be plug into an outlet!!!

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