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Panasonic DMR-EX85 - bulk archive to PC possible?

gobstopper

Active Member
In the next couple of months my brother is emigrating to Australia and intends to leave his Panasonic DMR-EX85 behind, given it's limited use in that country.

He still has several 10s-of-hours worth of recorded material which he would like to keep, or has simply not gotten around to watching (and is unlikely to have the time to do so before he leaves).

Aside from burning all of this content onto DVDs, is it possible to remove the drive from the device and then copy the content to his laptop? He understands that its likely that he may well have to run the content through some sort of conversion process in order to be able to watch it on his laptop, but he'd like to know if there's a viable process for doing this, whether it is worth doing so and when he re-attaches the hard drive to his recorder that it will still work?

Many thanks in advance.
 

Gavtech

Administrator
In the next couple of months my brother is emigrating to Australia and intends to leave his Panasonic DMR-EX85 behind, given it's limited use in that country.

He still has several 10s-of-hours worth of recorded material which he would like to keep, or has simply not gotten around to watching (and is unlikely to have the time to do so before he leaves).

Aside from burning all of this content onto DVDs, is it possible to remove the drive from the device and then copy the content to his laptop? He understands that its likely that he may well have to run the content through some sort of conversion process in order to be able to watch it on his laptop, but he'd like to know if there's a viable process for doing this, whether it is worth doing so and when he re-attaches the hard drive to his recorder that it will still work?

Many thanks in advance.

Simply No.

Panasonic use Proprietary formatting which will not be seen by a PC.

Someone in the USA did once crack it using using a high degree of disk expertise and some painstaking methods to piece together video fragments.

It took him more than a year to do the whole drive.

So theoretically it is possible .. but not in realistic terms.
 

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