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Unable to dub from HDD on Toshiba DVD/Video recorder onto one of my Maxell RW discs without getting Disc Error 04 - 53. Have already got previous dubbings on this disc with no problem but am now unable to access anything from this disc (as it contained grandchildren activities from Jan 2008 this is rather upsetting). Any ideas? Even if it's just to be able to retrieve the previous recordings. Thankyou

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  • rich010273 Dec 26, 2008

    I have the same issue. DVD seems OK to use on my PC so I will try and burn from PC to DVD then play on the Toshiba DVD.

  • rich010273 Dec 26, 2008

    I've managed to get a DVD working that was giving the 04-53 error by using my PC to view the recordings, save them to PC and re-burn the images to the DVD which now plays OK on the Toshiba. (This preserves the original posters critical recordings as requested. OP - best to make backups of critical stuff).

    However, I cannot now add additional DVD dubbings to this DVD on the Toshiba.



    This looks like some form of formatting issue to me so I'm going to keep testing.

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See http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1375443&highlight=xv45

This is a problem with dust and can be resolved with a good DVD Cleaner disk.

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