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Finalised disk unreadable

I have a Sony Handycam DCR-DVD 203E. Have had no previous problems. However finalised disc as usual but camcorder said 'disc access' and laptop said the disk was empty. Footage of nativity and son's birthday. Please help.

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CDRoller or isobuster might work

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