Question about Sony Handycam DCR-DVD108 DVD Camcorder

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Disc will not play... camcorder wants to format the disc and says it is empty.

I recorded 30 minutes of footage onto a memorex mini-dvd rw on my sony handycam dcr-dvd 108 and took the disc out to attempt to transfer the data to a computer. unfortunately, i did not finalize the disc or see an option to do so. now, when i place the disc in the camera or any computer, the disc is said to be empty and in need of formatting. looking at the bottom of the disc, i can see that data has been recorded. is there any way to save my footage?

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  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2008

    my camera says movie recording disabled

  • vette81543 Feb 24, 2008

    similar problem, in the middle of recording, remove disc icon came o the screen. said disc error unsupported format. looked at disc, can see that something was burned onto it. also noted that it started not at the edge but a few revolutions into the disc. can i recover my footage? please help.

  • canadacrbc Mar 10, 2008

    I was at a student convention where my son performed and won many medals. I took the disk out of my camera before I formatted it, (i wanted to view a previous recording on another disk). I put the first dvd into the camera to continue recording, and I thought i did. watching it on the camera I found out it didn't record anything after I removed the disk. I can still watch what was recorded on the camera but I cannot finalize the disk so I can put it on my computer (it says this function is not currently available) If i try to continue to record it says movie recording disabled. What do I do, I better not have lost all this.

  • Jino Baby Mar 17, 2008

    Hi I am having problem with finalizing disc. My problem is, When i finish recording i take out the DVD from handycam without finalizing it. when i tried to play the DVD in my sony player it is not i tried to put back the DVD to handycam to finalize, but there is no option to finalize that. can any one tell me the step by step procedure. I dont want to loose any of the recorded data.Please help me out........
    My Handycam :- Sony DCR-DVD 108.
    Discs used :- DVD+RW 1.4 GB 4x

    Thank you very much for any help you can give me...

  • Ruthie2 Mar 29, 2008

    I too removed my disc before finalizing, put it back in and then it asked me to format. Not knowing that format would wipe the dic clean, I pressed ok. Is there any way to recover the footage? Please help.

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    a fairly new disc but keep saying movie recording disable

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    I recorded my footage and then the access door tries to open on its own causing the footage to be lost due to disk not being finalized, but I too can see the footage.

  • dmc42287 Aug 08, 2008

    Same here i recorded video with 1 min left took it out and put it back in and now it wants to format the disc when i can see stuff is recorded on it.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    same problem so frustrating...i turn on my handycam to continue recording, but it is forcing me to format. i cannot do anything, not even finalize my 20mins of recording.



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There is a software program that always saves me when I get careless and fill the disk to full. It''s called CD Roller. It''s called CD Roller.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008


After fiddling around with the camera, I ound out how to do it since I had the same problem.
1. Put the disc into your camera
2. press the "home" button displayed on the top-left of the flip-out screen

Posted on Feb 04, 2008


After pressing the home button... press the 2nd to the left icon on the bottom of the screen toolbar... then click finalize disc and then it should play anywhere..

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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SOURCE: problem formatting mini dvd+rw disc

The full user manual is available at:

If the procedure fails, the disk may be corrupt but you might try formatting the disk on your pc.

Hope this helps. Please rate reply if it does thanks.

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