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Recovering lost video from Pioneer Dvd Hdd recorder

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Hi, I hope someone can help me. :whistling:

I have a Pioneer DVD Recorder with 120g hard drive - DVR 720h. We use it to record TV shows and also I had transferred several hours of home video of our children, with the intention of using it to edit then burn onto dvd.

A few days ago, the hard drive reported it had errors and it said to reinitialize, which I didn't do as it would wipe the drive clean. I tried to copy the home movies to dvd but it wouldn't, then it showed the hard drive as empty.

The next morning I switched it on, and it worked as normal, except the hard drive showed only a few hours of recordings, with most of the home videos gone.

I know they would be still there physically, as it has not been written over or formatted.

It is working normally now, but of course I haven't recorded any more. The home movies are very precious to me and I was hoping to maybe transfer the contents onto a small hard drive that I can then install into my computer. I looked on the Internet forums, hoping to find it would be a simple procedure, but was dismayed to find that the DVD hard drive is set up in LInux, and so won't be visible to a Windows computer.

A friend is now installing Linux onto a spare computer. Can anyone recommend any data recovery software that may work? I did find a thread in another forum, where someone had hooked up the hardrive to a linux computer, but said the contents were encrypted/extremely fragmented.

I am really hoping someone can help..

Many Thanks
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