hello, firstly may i apologise for asking for help,ive looked through the posts but am at present none the wiser with regards to my nightmare!my brain has fallen out and the more i reviews and info i read the worse it gets. so here goes... due to the left hand video lying to me, saying it was recording life on mars when it wasnt (the one i was really looking forward to, the camberwick green one, still not been repeated even at 3am *sob*)ive been forced to venture in dvd recorder land. what i thought would be simple, like buying a vcr, has ended up anything but! i swear, ive had sleepless nights over it! i really didnt want to go much over £100, so after a few weeks id got down to 2, a liteon, and the samsung -128. i was erring towards the lit, then found a load of bad reviews on amazon, but could only find one review for the sam.then i saw it only records on -r/rw, and id found reviews for other sam models, and they werent all that great, and a common feature was disc failure, and poor picture quality. the last thing i want is it not to record, aka LOM, what if that happened during a final series ep of the shield or somat. god, the horror. so then i started delving into the world of HDD, then i saw freeview and then i started getting really dizzy. yeah, i will get to the point now... i really dont have the money to go crazy, and am very worried about forking out a fortune only for it to go the way of vcrs, ok for a year, then starts eating tapes. ive read alot of reviews, and it comes across as though dvdr's arent that reliable, or maybe ppl are just having bad luck, i dunno. so if anyone can help with these questions,and my rambling dilemma id greatly appreciate it... 1. im down to the samsung -128, at £100, and the panasonic dmrez25, at £180. (does it really matter that the samsung only does-r/rw, or am i making too big a deal about it? infact does anyone know anything about this sam, good or bad?) which way should i go? 2.should i go insane and get the panny, its does loads of swanky things, theyre meant to have great pic quality, (as opposed to the samsungs), also it has freeview. 3. is disc failure a really common problem, would i be better off getting something with a HDD instead of a freeview, theres a samsung hr730, for around the same as the panny, but it only does -r again. 4. £170 is well and truly over my upper limit, but is there something else inbetween the price ranges that someone could recommend if the 2 ive mentioned arent advisable? id like at somepoint to put tapes onto dvd, as it looks like vids are well and truly leaving us, and to do the usual tape telly and record over, and tape films to keep (and never ever watch again, and put in the cupboard), also to have stuff watchable in my older upstairs dvd player.ideally id like it to be from a shop, not online, somewhere with a good returns policy if it all goes wrong, not like that shop named after space debris. 5. should i just give up, get another vid for £50, accept that itll die in a year, and be done with it? im sorry to have gone on, i really wish this whole deciding thing was easy for me, but its a lot of money, esp for someone who has no idea about dvdrs.this whole thing feels like a gamble, do i gamble £100, or £180? id be very thankful for any advice, even if its just along the lines of, never darken our doors again you annoying moo. thankyou, sherbet.