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5.0 out of 5 stars Toshiba DVR DR430, October 15, 2010
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Bought this DVR to enable me to transfer VCR tapes to DV. Although the manual does not specifically tell you how, it is really easy to figure it out. Play the VCR using AV cables into the front of the DVR and hit record. That is how easy it was. You do have to change the input to Front with the menu button. I have made many DV's with no problem and happy with it. I have also recorded TV shows directly from the Direct TV box via the S Video jack and the quality is superb!
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2010 2:56:00 PM PST
David Perk says:
Ordered and received the DR430 a couple days ago. It was purchased to transfer VCR tapes to DVDs. My first attempt to copy was a failure. I have a VCR and DVD player combo with tuner and used the AV cables, plugging into the back of the DVR. Using a DVD-R disk I attempted to record on it, the DVR indicated 'record', it did not play back on the DVR and did not play back on another DVD player, after finalizing. I did not format the DVD-R disk. The manual lacks some straight forward steps to take. Suggestions would be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2010 6:30:43 PM PST
BOSS says:
I Just Got Toshiba DR430 and never allow me to recored from tape give me "Error Recording .... Not Allow to record this program and keep recording but just nothig when start review the content play black screen is no way to recorec tape from vcr to this model and i am lost 7 disk tray!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2011 9:02:10 AM PDT
I've always had a +R DVD recorder and you do not have to format them (at least on the recorder that I have had in the past). I had purchased a dual recorder in the past as well and you had to format the -R disk, but not the +R. This is probably your problem; you need to format the -R's first. Give it a try and see if that doesn't work. You might want to call customer service as well. They might be able to give you some other tips to make your recording a success. Also remember, if it is a "commercial release" VHS tape, it probably has a block on it that will not allow you to duplicate it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2011 9:05:46 AM PDT
Is it a VHS tape that is one you recorded yourself (home video) or is it a commercial release tape that you are trying to put on DVD? Like commercial DVDs, most VHS commercial release tapes have a recording block that will give you a error when you try to record it. If it is a home video that you've recorded, there may be a problem with the tape. If it is doing it on all the tapes you have, you might want to call customer service to see if they can give you any tips to make your recordings successful. Good luck!

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 12:08:19 PM PST
BGeorge says:
Why connect to the front, doesn't the unit have full connections in the back? I have one on order, but looked up the PDF owners manual online and did some reading. Seems pretty straight forward to me.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 6:36:37 PM PST
miggsLD says:
has anyone tried to record TV shows saved from TIVO? i bought this unit for the purpose of recording kiddie shows for my son, but so far not have not been succesful.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 9:21:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 26, 2012 9:23:25 PM PST
All I want is to tranfer my VHS tapes to DVDS as simply as I can. Will this Toshiba do it?
Will appreciate any advice

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2012 2:29:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2012 2:38:10 PM PST
David Perk says:
Yes, I have transferred about a dozen so far. I used +RW discs (forget +R) it will format automatically. My VCR tapes have 30 minute shows on them. First select the recording time REC MODE page 36 which sets the max time the disc will record. Then set Auto Chapter p. 34, if you want the DVD 'skip' button to advance a certain amount of time (30 minutes in my case). Then start the VCR and click 'REC', when finished Finalize is as option p. 30. Click 'PAUSE' for temporary stops, clicking STOP when you mean pause is a no no. The manual is not very good, calling can help, but is not always helpful.
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