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Reading a camcorder DVD disc

I have 2 DVD discs recorded on a Sony Handycam. They are smaller than the usual DVDs and appear to be double sided and says 2.8 Gb. They are DVD-RW Panasonic.

Disc 1 - I can read it on my external Samsung SE-218 drive and copy the video files to my laptop. But I can only get to side A. How can I access side B?

Disc 2 - Although it plays on my domestic DVD player, the Samsung drive can't see the files. It thinks it's a blank disc. What am I missing?

I may not have access to the camcorder on which these were recorded.

Thanks for any help.
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hindersaliva
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hindersaliva
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Disc 1 - I can read it on my external Samsung SE-218 drive and copy the video files to my laptop. But I can only get to side A. How can I access side B?   Have you tried flipping it over?

Disc 2 - Although it plays on my domestic DVD player, the Samsung drive can't see the files. It thinks it's a blank disc. What am I missing? It might not be able to read an unlocked disc (although the player should be able either).   If the domestic DVD player plays the file, i would try it on another DVD burner.    I say burner, because if the disc is unlocked a burner should be able to access the files.

FYI,  Handbrake is a free excellent ripper for dvd video.
https://handbrake.fr/
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MereteCommented:
Some DVD-rw are not playable on your TV DVD players and PC players.
DVD video  disc must be finalised in order to play it on a DVD player on your PC or TV.
So if you have a double sided mini DVD each side would have to be finalised while in the camcorder, if one side is not finalised right
imho thus rendering the DVD video useless and not usable outside of the camcorder.
(a) you took a single video and that cannot be split.
(b) ,  splitting the one single video into two  
one dvd video on one side and part 2 on the other both sides must represent two parts of the video and finalised on your camcorder only. You can format it on your camcorder later to reuse them as that's why they are rewritable.
Put it back into your cam corder and finalise the part two side. It will only work if the camcorder was able to split your original video.

Depending on the model of your camcorder some may have the option to add an internal simcard you save it to that / put your video onto that. Then take out the simcard stick into a universal simcard reader on your PC and open the mass storage device and copy it out.
Is this a Samsung as I'm only familiar with them.
http://www.xdatarecovery.com/mini-dvd-rw-samsung-videos-disks-repairs-recovery.asp
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