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Minidiscs are by now an odd format, and players that can deal with both its
technical playback and its proprietary, "computer driven" data-reduction
system are going to be very hard to find before long.  They were never a
great means for archiving anything, as they are inherently lossy.  That was
an intentional part of the design.  All data stored on minidiscs that has
any value should be migrated to regular CD format.

 Best,
John Haley


On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 5:06 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have a friend who has a trusted method of doing this. It involves
> swapping out the transport while a good TOC is in memory. I’m Bcc ing him
> and if he can do it, will let you know!
>
> <L>
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> 415-883-2689
>
> On Aug 9, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi, all,
> >
> > As you know, I attempt to have an index to cover as many formats as
> possible on my website and for the minidisk, I have the material below,
> which prompted a potential client to ask:
> >
> > I wondered if you had any updated contacts for people that might be able
> to ​recover music from a MiniDisc with an unwritten TOC file.
> >
> > It appears that the people offering this as a service in Bristol England
> have closed down.
> >
> > I think this needs an update. Badly.
> >
> >> Minidisc
> >> Filed under: — 2006-03-19 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2008-02-23 by
> >>
> >> Resources for transferring Minidiscs:
> >>
> >> Richard L. Hess, Aurora, Ontario (author of these web pages) —
> Masterdigital, Covington, Louisiana
> >>
> >> The Minidisc transfer and recovery expert is Electronic Design
> Laboratory in Bristol, England
> >> Caution: After noticing a problem, the less you do to the MD the more
> likely EDL will be able to recover it.
> >>
> >> Berkeley Language Center (510) 642-0767 can also transfer Minidiscs.
> >>
> >> Suggestions:
> >>
> >> Minidisc is an excellent acquisition format for many subjects, but it
> has never gained the traction of other formats. We would strongly recommend
> against using Minidisc as an archival format. With proper equipment,
> Minidiscs can be digitally transferred to gold audio CD-Rs. We generally do
> it through the computer, but stand-alone transfers can be done as well.
> >>
> >> We use two Sony MZ-R37 Minidisc recorders, each with a dedicated Audio
> Technica AT-822 stereo microphone, for oral history recording.
> >
> >
> > --
> > Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
> > Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
> > http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
> > Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
>