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..