Got this with a VHS converter for Christmas to preserve my favorite VHS movies to dvd. this unit kept saying insufficient space even for a 72 minute movie! Tech support had me download nero and it gave the same error and wanted the .mpg file in .vob format. after THREE HOURS on chat w/tech support, we still did not find a solution. This may be fine for music cds or family photos or videos - but it does NOT record 8.5gb or up to 4 hrs of video.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend