I have 2 DVD Recorders with built-in Hard Drives, both Panasonic, Can I transfer data to my computer from either one of their Hard Drives?

4 Answers

  • 10 months ago

    you should be able to. hard drives in recorders are basically the same as those in a pc but may have a multiple stream style cache to aid multiple channel recording. They may be formatted for use in a LINUX based OS. In which case you may need to BOOT a linux CD to be able to SEE their contents.

  • David
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Have a look in the manual and see if there is a facility to copy the files maybe via a USB stick, or if it specifies the file format system they use, you would then have to remove the drives, mount them in a USB-caddy and connect up to your PC

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Theoretically possible, but very difficult. The file system they use is something that comes from Linux, which Windows machines can't easily use. You'll have to download a Linux filesystem driver for Windows to use them.

    Also the saved video files are proprietary, not something like a standard Mpeg-2 or Mpeg-4.

  • 10 months ago


    Keep in mind that many Recorders use EXT4 formatting which can't be read by Windows, so you need to use a linux machine.

    They may also use a proprietary compression system that no codecs are available for other systems.  

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