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DVD recorder Sony HX525-HDD error

Looks like the Hard Disk drive has given up after 15 months use. Format did not work and it just shows the error or powers off?

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Mine did the same at the same time it seems may have been an update gone wrong still looking into it myself its a sata drive iv tride a sata 2 drive in it but that dosnt work but it may need softwere on it

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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Definately sounds like a shot HDD, best bet take it to someone who diagnostic utilities at hand to get a definitive answer

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

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