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Panasonic SDR-H40P problem When deleting all files from my Panasonic SDR-H40P camcorder I accidently deleted about 2 GB of video that I had not yet copied to DVD. Panasonic "tech support" was zero help so I got a file recovery program from ParetoLogic which scanned and extracted about 20 GB of files from the camcorder's HDD. It's a real mishmash - the only playable video was in two 100 MB .avi files, and those were about 3 minutes of scenes that I already had copied. The rest are some huge .bmp files (some over 1 GB) which QT player says are corrupted, 3 html code files of exactly 300 KB each, a JPEG that won't open and hundreds of files ranging from 0 bytes to over 100 MB with .F2R and .M2R extensions. Can you make heads or tails of this? Could the F2R extensions be corrupted video files? I was thinking of running the scan again specifically for .avi files to see if it comes up with anything else.

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  • tsc1007 Jul 24, 2009

    Thanks Jules !

    Your advice worked for both the .bmp and F2R files. Now all I have to do is sift through the bigger ones to find what I need.

    I should have known this myself because I have had to do similar conversions to get video editing software to work properly. Still, thanks for the brain jog !

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Have you tried simply renaming the files to .avi extension and see if they can be opened/played?
Data recovery software tries to identify the file type, but does not always get it right...

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