Same with me - this and Sonic Stage quirks made me give up on Hi-MD also. James
its not clear to me if the disc will play in the machine or not ? If it will
then download Total Recorder which will digitally capture anything going
through your sound card, then play the disc via the mic input to your computer.
If the disc will not play in the machine (or another machine if you can beg or
borrow one - if you are still in Sumatra try and find one in a repair shop in
town), then Sony may be your only answer. Good luck, I feel for you.
--- In Curt Olson <> wrote:
> So sorry to hear about this, James. There could be many causes, but I
> lost several hours of good material a few years back when the AA
> battery in my Hi-MD recorder died in the cold and there was not enough
> power left to correctly update the disk directory. This turns out to
> be a fatal flaw in some later Hi-MD models, such as the MZ-M10 and MZ-
> M100, that I was able to recreate again and again at room temperature.
> (Earlier Hi-MD models, such as the MZ-NHF700 and MZ-NHF800 seem to be
> more reliable in this regard, reserving enough battery power at the
> end to update the disk directory before they shut down.)
> I was never able to recover the lost data, but I didn't go to the
> extent of sending it in to Sony as Rob suggests. Hopefully you can get
> some help that way. Meanwhile, for future recordings, I'd recommend
> migrating to one of the newer digital recorders like Olympus LS-10 or
> Sony PCM-M10 if you can.
> Curt Olson
> James Eaton wrote:
> > Dear Nature Recordists...
> > On a recent camping trip into the rainforest in Sumatra I
> > encountered a problem - after taking over 80 sound recordings (many
> > of them of real value and importance to me) my Sony Hi-MD stopping
> > working, showing 'format disc error' despite working perfectly
> > normally just 5 minutes previously.
> > Could anybody please point me in the direction of help or offer any
> > advise on what can be done to retrieve the data saved on the
> > minidisc as it really would be soul-destroying if I have lost all
> > the recordings I had made over the previous couple of days!
> > Many, many thanks in advance,
> > James
> > James Eaton