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I'm Brian my CCD-TR 805E will not eject the tape after being

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Hi I'm Brian my CCD-TR 805E will not eject the tape after being in storage for a number of years. I consider it time to copy tapes to a hard drive before I lose them. Can you help. I am in New Zealand.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.
Hi. My name is***** own a small camera repair business and am a technician with over 25 years in the business. I'll be glad to help you.

The bad news is, you'll probably have to break the camera or power the loading motor externally to remove the tape. The good news is, you'll get to take out some aggression on the broken camcorder. They aren't repairable anyway. The capacitors used in they're construction leak all over the circuit boards and is corrosive.

Another thing you're going to run into is transferring the tapes to computer. The CCD model camcorders recorded in analog and your computer is a digital device. I don't recommend the USB devices you'll find online, they don't work. There are analog to digital tape decks available designed for this. If you have a lot of tapes, this may be an option, but they can get expensive. If you only have a few, you might want to consider a service specializing in video transfer.