I have been havig problems with mu Directv whole home DVR. Directv sent me a replacement unit today. The problem is that I will lose all of the movies that are stored on the bad DVR when I hook up the new replacement one. I will have to transfer the movies from the Directv DVR to my Toshiba D-VR4 so that I can have them stored on actual DVD discs.
In the past, years ago, I had problems finding discs that would work with my Toshiba D-VR4. Does anyone know which discs I need to purchase that will work with my deck?
Is there any other way of getting the movies from the old Directv whole home DVR to the new replacement unit?
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Your DVD recorder uses DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM discs. Which kind of media do you need?
Note that you may need a video stabilizer or video clarifier to remove copy protection flags in the signal to be able to re-record some of the content stored on your DVR. Even using DVD-RAM or VR-mode formatted CPRM-compatible DVD-RW media only allows you to record programming marked copy-once or copy-freely. It won't let you record content with copy-no-more or copy-never copy protection. If the programming you recorded with the DVR originally had copy-once protection when it was broadcast, the recording stored on your DVR is the one copy you are allowed to make, and will have copy-no-more or copy-never protection applied when it is played back. Your DVD recorder will refuse to record it no matter what media you use.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 29th Jan 2015 at 07:30.
Usually_quiet is correct. And if even if you could record it, the Toshiba records standard definition only.- My sister Ann's brother
There are other things about the OP's Toshiba DVD recorder itself which concern me more. The Toshiba recorder the OP has was a 2005 model, given the date printed on the manual. If all the OP needs are DVD-R discs, it wouldn't be too hard to find good media sold online that should be compatible with most older recorders. However, the DVD drive may not be in good shape. Toshiba DVD recorders made at that time had great picture quality but their DVD drives were not renowned for their durability. It may be very picky about discs or fail to record DVDs on account of the age of the drive.
Doesn't look to me that the O.P. made that distinction:
Like you said, maybe his Toshiba's drive is having problem with certain discs or getting haywire in its old age. Maybe he didn't look over the manual to see which disc types the unit would accept. Maybe like many combo's the unit won't play nice with DVD+R. Lots of maybe's here.
Last edited by LMotlow; 29th Jan 2015 at 11:21.- My sister Ann's brother
However, the manual makes it clear that the OP's Toshiba DVD recorder only records to DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM, and recommends that it should not even be used to play DVD+R or DVD+RW.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 29th Jan 2015 at 17:44. Reason: grammar
Thank y'all for all of the help. My DVR uses DVD-R. I picked up 10 of them this morning at Wal-Mart. They work great! I understand they are standard definition only. I have my old Blu-Ray player that I normally use to watch movies on. I just received my new 3-D Blu-Ray player today so I have been transferring the movies from my old Directv box to the DVD-R discs all day in another room.
Glad to hear things worked out well fmitchelltx.
But is anyone besides me absolutely floored by that?
A ten year old, disused, Toshiba D-VR4 (which had the pickiest, most dysfunctional burner in the world short of its contemporary Sony RDR-GX300) goes right back to work, happily burning a random 10-pak of who-knows-what generic 2015 media purchased at WalMart?
fmitchelltx, you have no idea how incredibly lucky you are this week. I suggest you buy a lottery ticket and exploit the streak.