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Preserve Memories with the Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder

For a lot of us older folks, many of our most memorable occasions are gloriously preserved on VHS tapes (Betamax, anyone?), which at the time represented the pinnacle of home movie recording technology. Fast forward a few decades and now DVDs are the way to go. Fortunately, with the Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder you can transfer these important mementos to something a bit more hardwearing and convenient than good ol’ video tapes.

Features

The Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder isn’t just a simple DVD recorder. Your kids may not appreciate the comparative fuzziness of VHS images, but the movies you burn on your DVDs don’t have to look that way. The DR430 can actually convert your home movies into 1080p resolution.

Home movies aren’t the only videos you can record either. If you remember your old VHS, then you remember recording favorite TV shows. Now you don’t have to use your old VHS to do so, since the DR430 can do that too. And it’s so easy to do with the One Touch Recording feature. You just need to hook up your cable or satellite service to the DVD recorder. Recording is possible on multiple formats, including DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW.

Now if you are still in the habit of recording home movies, you now have an easy and convenient way of storing what you’ve recorded. You can also connect your camcorder to the Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder so you can immediately save what you’ve recorded.

Finally, it comes with a special remote so that when you connect your recorder to other compatible devices through HDMI, you can control them too.

Caveats

Now there are some people who may say that even DVDs are becoming passé and that portable hard disks and USB sticks are now the norm. But DVDs still have their uses. If you wish to save something you don’t plan on deleting anytime soon, then it’s much better to just burn them on DVDs rather than they take up precious space on your hard drives. Just make sure you have a working DVD player in the house!

Most of the complaints about the Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder aren’t actually caused by the unit itself. After all, everyone who buys it knows (or should know) that it’s very basic in terms of features. No, the number one cause of complaints is the manual, which is poorly written and I’m putting that mildly. It’s as if Toshiba tried to save some money by refraining from hiring a tech writer and instead funneled their native language instructions through Google’s translator.

Nevertheless, do try to read the manual. You also really need to read up on the finalize section. You have to finalize after you record on the disc, so that the DVD can play on other DVD players.

Finally, remember that the Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder “burns” movies on DVDs, so it generates a lot of heat.  Don’t put it on top of the TV or cable box. Place it in a well-ventilated area instead. That way, you can preserve your home movies and favorite shows for a long time to come.

Jack Thompson