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Formatting new disc

When I put a new disc into my digital HDD/DVD camcorder, it doesn't give me the option to format. The option is no longer in the settings menu, either. It's vanished off the face of the earth. (I've tried three new discs, two different makes. I am not touching the recording surface at all).

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  • Envillestar May 21, 2008

    On reflection, probably correct .. my problem probably relates to 16.9 v 4.3 rather than formatting .. thanks



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A -r or sometimes a -rw doesn't need to be formated to work-there may be no problem at all-are you using the proper media for brand cam-sony + or - most others only use - check on door of cam

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