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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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Re: disc will not play... camcorder wants to format the...

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

Re: disc will not play... camcorder wants to format the...

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

Re: disc will not play... camcorder wants to format the...

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.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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