Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC21 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Sony dcr hc21

It has not been used in a while. I tried to eject the cassette and the message comes up "The tape is locked -- check the tab" HELP I need to video my backyard project...

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  • FreddyD Jun 10, 2008

    Thanks but I can't get to the tape. It is frozen inside the camera. Am i missing something???

  • FreddyD Jun 11, 2008

    I had to move the cover manually and remove he tape THANKS

  • Kurbi Jun 28, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with my Sony Handycam. The tape that is in there is locked too, I wonder if that has something to do with it? I know how to unlock the tape and everything, but the device won't open so that I can eject the tape. I've tried plugging it in to the charger and everything, but it will not eject. Any ideas other than removing the whole cover? Also, was that a permanent solution or did you just remove the tape? If that worked and it didn't keep getting stuck, I would be willing to try it.

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There is an unlock tab on top of the tape. Switch the tab to the opposite direction.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 10, 2008

    Try pluging into an electrical outlet and see if that will eject it.

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