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External hd format prob

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by mcintire21, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Nov 5, 2008 #1 of 21
    mcintire21

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    I have a 750gb seagate external hard drive. I hooked it up to my HR21-700. The dvr reformatted it and read it fine. I decided to hook it up to my laptop to back up my data instead. The laptop sees it, but is having a problem reformatting it. Has this happened before? Do the dvrs ruin external hard drives? Thanks
     
  2. Nov 5, 2008 #2 of 21
    rahlquist

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    No its having a problem because its a linux file system and windows doesnt always play nice formatting them. Try looking for a fdisk tutorial.
     
  3. Nov 5, 2008 #3 of 21
    mcintire21

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    Ok I'm a newbie. What is a fdisk tutorial.
     
  4. Nov 5, 2008 #4 of 21
    harsh

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    Windows doesn't deal well with formats that it doesn't understand, so you'll need to use a third party utility to remove the Linux partitions that the DVR has put on the disk.
     
  5. Nov 5, 2008 #5 of 21
    harsh

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    Something that you should ask of Google.

    I don't recommend the Microsoft version of FDISK for this task.
     
  6. Nov 5, 2008 #6 of 21
    carl6

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    Do a google search on fdisk. You will find links explaining how to do it under most if not all Microsoft operating systems.

    Be careful though. You can't recover from fdisk if you make a mistake. You need to have some awareness of the physical hard disk (as opposed to the logical drive) that you are dealing with.

    Following an fdisk, you need to do a low level format. That takes awhile, so don't start the process until you are ready to sit back and watch your computer grind away.

    Carl
     
  7. Nov 5, 2008 #7 of 21
    mcintire21

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    Could you recommend a fdisk website to use. I see a few but dont know which one i should use. Before I checked this thread I tried to reformat again under disk management after creating a new partition. It reached 100% and then a window popped up saying "the format was not completed successfully". Please recommend a website. Thanks.
     
  8. Nov 5, 2008 #8 of 21
    evan_s

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    You do realize this will remove all recordings on the drive and you won't be able to use it for both functions at the same time correct?
     
  9. Nov 5, 2008 #9 of 21
    mcintire21

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    Yes. I just want to be able to hook it up to my computer. Having trouble formatting it. Please recommend fdisk site.
     
  10. mcintire21

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    Just wanted to provide a little more info. Under Disk management it is labeled H:, shows the drive size, says healthy, nothing listed under file system. Hope fdisk works. Please recommend site.
     
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    The seagate website was the first thing I tried. Thanks anyway you bitter old man.
     
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    How exactly did you try to format it when you hooked it up to your computer?

    What exactly happens when you try to format it?
     
  15. Rich

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    That was just nasty. And uncalled for. He had a good point. Had you done your homework you would have found out that the Seagate Free Agent Pro (I'm assuming that is the model you bought) will NOT work with a 21. They work perfectly with 20s but not the 21s.

    I wish I had a dollar for every post that has clearly stated this. I would be...

    Rich
     
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  17. mcintire21

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    Hate to tell you but it did work just fine when hooked up to the Directv receiver.
    The receiver reformatted and worked. The problem was that my laptop couldn't reformat it. I don't know where you get your info but it's wrong.
     
  18. bdcottle

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    If you do a search on “Seagate Free Agent” you will find 82 threads with people with problems with this drive. Rich is not wrong and this is not a laptop forum. This is a Directv HD DVR forum. Ask us how to install an external drive on a HR2x and we will be happy to help you. If you want to install an external drive on a laptop then go to a laptop forum or a windows forum.
     
  19. mcintire21

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    No, Rich is wrong because it worked hooked up to the receiver.
     
  20. harsh

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    Working is a matter of perspective. Formatting is one thing -- working reliably day in and day out is another kettle of fish.
     

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