DVD-RW Playback - unfinalised discs


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I'm hoping someone can help. I've got some Mini Sony DVD-RW's given to me by a customer but they haven't been finalised, is there a way I can get the data off them? i've tried loading them in my computers dvd player and using ISObuster which has got some footage but weirdly it's only got around 40 seconds per disc and i'm certain there's more given the labelling on the case. If I put them in a stand alone dvd recorder it says they're unformatted and if I go to format them i'm certain this will wipe the data. Any advice would be very much appreciated please as i've not got the original camcorder to use to finalise or play them back.

many thanks,



Novice Member
Normally, any DVD writer should be able to read data from a disc that has not been finalized. Only DVD-ROM drives have the same problem as stand-alone players.

Is that a DVD writer in that PC and what operating system is installed? Older PCs can't read the UDF 2.50 filesystem, used by many camcorders. But every Windows 10 with a DVD writer should have access. Try the free Recuva software to find more on that disc. Good luck!


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Thanks for the reply, I've tried Recuva but had no luck I'm afraid. The strange thing is I've just run ISObuster again and theres two VOB files on this one disc which are 738mb and 580mb, the 580mb file is playing as only 4 seconds and the 738mb file as 25 seconds, that seems a HUGE file for that short length of video. There's no way it's only rendering a tiny bit somehow is there?

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