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Originally Posted by CitiBear /forum/post/15423277
You could try, but most likely it won't work. Nearly all DVD/HDD recorders were designed with one-way blocks on their iLink/DV ports: you could load data from a camcorder into the machine, but not play anything out of it. There were a few early Pioneers that actually did have DV output as an undocumented feature, which is why the old Pio 210, 310 and 510 still fetch good $ on eBay, but even on those it wasn't always available: it depended on what hardware/software you connected. A Mac with Apples iMovie software often worked, with iMovie seeing the recorder as a video camera, but you never knew. Try it and see what happens.
If your goal is to rescue the data from your HX-900 hard drive because its burner has died, you might be better off looking for a later Sony with a functional burner that you can "transplant" the HX-900 HDD into. It would have to be a model that supported 160gb drives, models that shipped with 80gb drives would not recognize the one from your HX-900. Look for an HX-715 or HX-725. (The new HX780 would not be compatible at all- you need an x15 or x25 unit).