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How many of you have ever had a hard drive that got reformatted against your will?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kathymoore, Dec 31, 2007.

How many of you have ever had a hard drive that got reformatted against your will?

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  1. kathymoore

    kathymoore Legend

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    How many of you have ever had a hard drive that
    got reformatted against your will? HR20 or HR21...
    (only when it automatically reformatted without you
    asking the DVR to do so)

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. Jan 3, 2008 #2 of 14
    bluemoose

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    perhaps it was a bad hard drive.
     
  3. Jan 3, 2008 #3 of 14
    Guitar Hero

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    Never. I just did a red button reset and my eSATA HDD did not reformat either.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2008 #4 of 14
    Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

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    Did this happen to you Kathy? Or are you just acquiring data because you're trying to guage what to expect with your DVR?

    (BTW - Two HR20s and one HR21, and none ever been reformatted either unwillingly or per my direction.)
     
  5. Jan 3, 2008 #5 of 14
    litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    I'm surprised it's polling as high as 9% .... this problem almost never comes up here. Seems like it's extremely rare.
     
  6. Jan 3, 2008 #6 of 14
    DanER40

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    Mine happened through a menu reset.
     
  7. Jan 3, 2008 #7 of 14
    bluemoose

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    Doesn't that mean it the reformatting was initiated by you? The OP said "formatted against your will....." :D :D :D

    I had this happen to my HR20 and FAP750. The 750GB drive was nearly 85% full and out of the blue everything just disappeared. I couldn't figure out which was at fault, the HR20 or the FAP750, so I returned the FAP750 to Circuit City and bought another one from BestBuy. DirecTV also replaced my HR20. So far, I haven't experienced another wipe-out.

    The only possible explanation that I can think of was that I didn't have any UPS attached to the HR20 or the FAP750.
     
  8. Jan 3, 2008 #8 of 14
    Carl Spock

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    Anyone who archives programs on a hard drive deserves exactly what they get.
     
  9. Jan 3, 2008 #9 of 14
    bluemoose

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    is there a way to archive HD programming from DTV HD DVRs? (in high-def) :)
     
  10. Carl Spock

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    No. The only way to archive HD right now is Blu-ray and HD-DVD.

    I'd be bummed out if my hard drive reformated itself tomorrow. But that would last all of an hour and then I'd start re-recording.

    When using a hard drive, whether it be on a computer or a DVR, you have to be prepared for it to die two minutes from right now. With a computer, at least we can back things up. We can't do that with our DVRs. So all I can do is work on the proper mental attitude.

    For me, every time I play something off my DVR, it's one of Life's Little Miracles. That way I won't be too upset if it dies. It's an attitude that works for me. :)
     
  11. glennb

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    When using a hard drive, whether it be on a computer or a DVR, you have to be prepared for it to die two minutes from right now.

    A lot of things could happen 2 minutes from right now, but usually don't.
    I don't store hundereds of episodes of a shows on my DVR but I don't figure the hard drive is gonna die 2 minutes from now either.
     
  12. Carl Spock

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    I don't figure that it will, either. The difference is I also don't expect that it won't.
     
  13. bluemoose

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    A lot of things can happen in two minutes.... these things can fail: hard drive, HR20, even your HDTV.... even the DTV satellites can die... I used to subscribe to a int'l satellite TV and their transponders failed, causing a two-week outage before they retasked another satellite to carry the signal....

    worse case scenario, the Chinese or the Russians can "accidentally" strike a TV satellite while conducting a satellite-killer missle drill....(lke they did last year) :D

    come to think of it, it's only TV.......:D
     
  14. bonscott87

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    If the drive reformats itself that means that the DVR rebooted or was restarted and it couldn't boot off the drive because of errors (computers can do the same thing). And thus instead of leaving you with a dead DVR it tries to reformat the drive while marking the bad sectors as unusable thus leaving you with a functioning DVR again unless the hard drive was really bad.

    So in summary if the hard drive has problems:
    Tivo - dead DVR that won't boot or will keep crashing on the GSOD (green screen of death)
    HR20/21 - a reformat is attempted to try to get it running again which works most time.

    In both cases you will probably lose your recordings which suck but at least with the HR20 you are back up and running.

    Take your pick I guess.
     
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