Does reformatting a dvd-rw erase for good? (Sony Handycam DCR-DVD108)

[qanda]This thread is about the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD108. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]While on vacation I recorded approx. 20 minutes to a 30 min Sony DVD-RW disc. I accidentally reformatted the disc when the camcorder promted me to(The camcorder couldn’t access the disc and it prompted me to reformat it…not thinking about it…I did it…big mistake) . I recorded about one minute of new video. Is there any way to recover any of the original footage filmed prior to formatting the disc? I did not finalize the disc yet.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I don’t think you’re going to be able to retrieve anything from that disc by yourself but I guess there’s no harm in trying IsoBuster.

If it’s important enough to you, you could contact a professional data recovery service to hear if they think it’s possible to retrieve some of your video.

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Professional data recovery services can be pricey. I know when I looked awhile back, a 120gb HD was going to cost around $2500.00 (that was with forensic to show how it was deleted). Otherwise it was around $1000.00. You might look at some of the data recovery softwares (make sure they work with dvd recovery), and try one out. You can usually do a trial which will show you what can be recovered, but won’t actually perform the recovery, unless you buy the software. It is highly unlikely you will get it all back, but you could very well get most of your footage back.

Try “O&O DiskRecovery” . It recovers from reformated HHD. Try not to overwrite the data by recording on the disc untill you do the recovery. “Badcopy” is very good for recovering lost, erased or reformated CDs and DVDs.