For all us, it has taken years to know well the MD market. Mostly members know a lot better about Sony than other brands. Everything begin with minidisc.org - specially the equipment browser - then all the topics that are pinned in this forum. I suppose that some MD forums like the MD Facebook page (I am not a Facebook member) can bring many more answers. Every country has also a little community with sometimes his own forums and blogs.
That just remind me that I need to do it on my desktop. depending on Windows 8 editions (I have the basic edition), the procedure is not exactly the same. i find the disable option in PC Settings / Update & Recovery / Recovery / Advanced Setup / Restart Now
I used the plugin Wincue - witch create gaps like your silence MP3 tracks - with Winamp years ago. Took time and Net-MD connection everytime to delete those silence tracks created. Sometime I even needed to divide one track or two. The plugin Post-track-silence with foobar2000 is now my favorite when I record in real time. Never tried to use synchro-rec when using the pc and my deck.