Recording recovery from raw backups and hard disk image files
I'm sorry I neglected to mention this about IsoBuster.
The "same" IsoBuster version 4.4 that will read and copy recordings from the DVD Recorder hard drives will (also) work with raw disk image backup files. They do not have to be in any special format. And they didn't have be created with IsoBuster.
A few members of this Forum over the years had the foresight to make large raw disk image backups of the unknown contents of their DVD Recorder hard drives when they decided to (1) try to upgrade the size of the drive (2) backup the drive before re-formatting if due to abnormal behavior or (3) as a last step before recycling the recorder because it stopped working.
Whatever the reason, IsoBuster can "read" those disk images and extract the recordings.
You simply use the File / Open menu option to point it at a disk image on the PC and it treats it exactly the same way it does a physical hard disk. The virtual drive is displayed as if it were a connected hard drive and all of the procedures for finding recordings and copying them to the new location on the PC are the same.
You can of course also attach a drive that was removed and kept long after the DVD recorder has been recycled.
And if you decide to make a raw disk image backup of the drive, IsoBuster can do that too.
If your uncertain about a hard disk you have laying around, and whether it came from a DVD recorder or not. IsoBuster can be used to test it, but beyond that it can also recognize many file systems from many operating systems that most other tools don't recognize.. so its a much more comprehensive tester of a drive before deciding to reformat or recycle.
Last edited by jwillis84; 06-22-2019 at 03:20 PM.