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I have a Panny DMR-E20 recorder. Its recorded great. Just last week I recorded several programs onto a dvd-r disc and watched it several times since then. I was going to watch it tonight and the player no longer recognizes the disc. I had not initialized it yet. I have recorded on 20 of these same dvd-r's with no problem. I even tried the disc in my Panny rp-82 dvd player. same thing. no disc.
I tried to record on it and it states its protected. I know how to unprotect discs and the player won't even give me this option in the top menu. My question is it possible for contents to get erased from a dvd-r from just sitting around? Is there anything around a disc that might delete its contents like magnets do to video tapes? When I insert the disc it will not play. It just spins and spins.
I'm confused how I watched this exact dvd-r everyday for the last week and today its dead.
All my other discs still work fine. Is there anyway to get the material off of the disc? Once something is recorded onto a dvd-r is it there forever unless I delete it using the player?
How can the material be missing from this dvd-r from just sitting on my shelf?

Confused..

thanks in advance for any input.
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Originally posted by Troytn
I have a Panny DMR-E20 recorder. Its recorded great. Just last week I recorded several programs onto a dvd-r disc and watched it several times since then. I was going to watch it tonight and the player no longer recognizes the disc. I had not initialized it yet.
Do you mean the disc hasn't been finalized? If that's the case, the RP82 won't play it until it is (nor will any other DVD player). In addition, the DMR-E20 may have stopped recognizing it because the media is optimized at each insertion and there is a limit to how many times an unfinalized disc will tolerate this. Cheaper media seems to be less tolerant. Always finalize your discs once they are completed.
post #3 of 5
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your correct..I have not finalized it yet and when I try to it states this disc cannot be finalized because there is no recording on it. I know it had 2 hours of recording on it because I have been watching it over and over again this past week. So now the disc cannot be recorded on because it states the disc is protected when I try to record and it states a full 2 hours left in SP mode. which means its blank. How could the disc be erased?. When in fact it is not protected and there is no way to unprotect it. I tried to unprotect and there is ot the option available onscreen to do so. The navigation and play disc options are greyed out on the top menu. only the action and timer recording are able to be accessed.
So there are no tricks for me to try, such as another player? Am I correct to say the disc has been erased and will not play or record. Its a dead disc?

thanks again
post #4 of 5
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Sorry I forgot to ask..If the disc has met its insertion limit is it no longer good? Meaning I can no longer play it, or record on it. Its a dead disc?
thanks again..lesson learned.
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Yes, it's a dead disc. As the manual states: "optimizing is carried out after inserting the disc or powering up the unit [with a disc already inserted]. Recording onto the disc may become impossible if optimizing is carried out too many times".

That's why you must finalize the disc when completed. A finalized disc is no longer optimized when inserted and it no longer matters if you insert the disc 500 times, your content is now safe and can't be altered.
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