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Re: Hard Disk erased
First of all, Don't Record Anything else on this machine! Even though you have "deleted" items, they live on the disc still. However, anything you now record May be written over the files you have come to know and love, and that's why it's Important to try and follow this advice. After that, you can utilize an "undelete" code to restore your titles....accordianman
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Write protection is where a CD or DVD is finalized and cannot be rewritten (in the case of VHS, it means that there is a little plastic tab that has to be removed to record over it; I can tell you how to bypass that if you want...). If your format is DVD/CD+R or -R, there is no way to bypass it; what is written shall remain. However those of the RW variety can be repeatedly erased and rewritten. As far as I know, there are no methods to bypass write protection. However...
Copy protection CAN be bypassed. Say you want to make a back-up of a CD or DVD from a copy-protected disc. Use a program such as nero record to copy the disc info to your hard drive (I also have a program called DVD Region + CSS Free-- this will work with media that has region blocks on it). Once copied to your hard drive, you can use nero burning to either burn the ISO or Video TS file onto a CD or DVD. Or save yourself the discs and just get a mounting program like daemon tools
Use a bittorrent provider like BitComet to locate torrent files that have these programs. Of course, my disclaimer against piracy goes here but you decide!
The DVD has burned incorrectly and the data has likely corrupted somewhat to the point where the DVD player/writer can't read it. You may be able to watch it on your computer with a DVD drive.
Try saving it to your computer, then erasing the disc and trying to record something short to it and play it back - if it plays back, it's likely to have been a recording problem, however, if you get the same problem, it may be a dodgy disc, a faulty DVD player/writer, or a format problem.
Try this, in order left to right.
Copy DVD to PC -> Erase DVD -> Record on DVD from TV -> Play back
If plays back
Erase DVD -> Continue as normal
Buy DVD-RW (emphasis on the minus) -> Try using that
If that works continue as normal, otherwise...
Return the DVD player/writer under warranty for repair/replacement.
Did you say you used a DVD-RW disc to transfer a videotape onto? The reason your PC won't recognise that disc is because the data format on it is a different language to what PCs understand - plus an unfinalised DVD-RW won't play in other DVD players - it is usually an incompatible format.
(DVD+RW discs with titles/top menus created in video mode CAN be played on a PC DVD drive or a normal DVD player as can finalised DVD-R discs (DVD-R discs MUST be recorded and finalised in the same recorder for compatible playback). DVD-RW discs can only be viewed on the unit they were written/recorded on.
The other reason for the 'remaining space' on the disc you describe showing less than 120 minutes is due to a title recently being recorded or erased - unless you format it - the 120 minute / 4.7GB DVD-RW will not show full available space. Erasing titles on re-writable DVDs does not increase space. The same rule applies to unfinalised +R / -R discs (you cannot re-format these to get the space back once recorded - they are 'once only' writables)
I recommend you invest in some DVD-R discs and re-copy your VHS tape to that - then if you are satisfied with the result, title etc., finalise the DVD-R - it will play on any DVD player or PC with DVD support (or it should). These discs are relatively inexpensive to buy just about anywhere.
Final note: do NOT finalise the DVD-RW you recorded (I hope you haven't already done this) - simply format/erase it - re-use it for something else or keep it until you need it.
You can use any brand of DVD, just take note of the format before recording/playing.
Highlight the recorded program on Direct Navigator then press the Sub Menu button on the remote, then select "Shorten Title". Press (Enter) at the start point and end point of the section you want to erase, then use the up/down button to select "Next". Then, select "Erase" to delete the unwanted sections. Repeat this process for all unwanted parts, then select "Exit" to return to Direct Navigator.
Choose Dub on remote. Choose HDD to DVD. When you are looking at your HDD Titles, move the cursor (the highlighted box, using the left/right buttons on your remote) to the title you want to Dub. Hit the OK button on your remote. Then hit the Dubbing button on your remote. If you are ready to record, move cursor down to Start Dubbing. Choose speed, then hit OK button.
The CD is a permanent copy of the files you have recorded. .you cannot erase the recorded material from a cd.
but ... If you are using a CD-RW disc, you may erase the disc by clicking the erase option and start over.
Depending on the DVD Media used.
If you used DVD-R Or DVD+R, then these are write once Only.
Once data has been written, and finalised by writting the Table-of-Contents to the Disk. Then no-more can be added. Hence read-Only.
If you use RW/ DVDs then they can be written to several Times. Although your Player may insist on you Formatting/Erasing any previous Data from the Disk. Before re-writing.
If you are using Write Once only media i.e DVD-R Or +R.
Then it would be a good suggestion to write approximately 4 gig of data Or between 2-3 Hours Of entertainment, to 1 Disk.
Re-Writables are the Practical option For You.