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Hr-44 not recognizing external HDD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sfeym, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. CCarncross

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    It seems odd that an un-partitioned drive is causing hiccups, but that is probably what is causing the issue. Since the formatting and the partitioning of the drive has to be overwritten to set it up correctly for use in the DVR.
     
  2. Laxguy

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    Wouldn't some drives- maybe most- be formatted just fine with the defaults? Certainly if the drive has been used for other purposes it'd be reformatted by the DVR. Or does it format in order to be able to "mark" it as compatible with only the DVR it's attached to?
     
  3. inkahauts

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    Try it the easy way first :) . If the new drive is not recognized, then format it in a PC ;) .

    My experience......
    The first 3tb WD drive in a Rosewill case failed after a week or so (see my earlier post above). Amazon replaced the drive and all is well. But to answer your question, in both installs the HR44-500 would NOT recognize the external drive until after I formatted it in a PC. Formatted out to 3tb each time in the PC. When re-connected to the HR44 the DVR then did its own format, took about 5 seconds. I don't know if this is the way it's supposed to work, but there it is. As it stands, I can only assume it is using the full 3tb, but I have recorded a LOT of stuff and still at 90% free.


    You could pop it into your pc again and see what size partitions it shows without changing anything.
     
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  4. Griff

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    I would do that if anyone wants to know. Otherwise I think I will leave well enough alone :grin:
     
  5. P Smith

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    It would be nice to know what partitions created; it would help other people.
     
  6. P Smith

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    Looks like new partitioning scheme has 4th small partition, while before it was just three:SWAP, XFS and XFS real-time extension.
     
  7. RunnerFL

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    I'll do what you normally do to others... The information can already be found in other posts on this site, try searching. :righton:
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    then you read only these posts what you can read ...
     
  9. CCarncross

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    All new drives come low-level formatted from the factory. What I think is happening currently in the HR44 firmware is that it doesnt seem to be able to correctly partition and format an unpartitioned or formatted drive. As long as you attach it to antoher device, it seems to be able to recognize that the current partioning/formatting scheme is not suitable and it "corrects" itself, but only after the drive is partitioned/formatted by something else 1st. Its probably just a bug in the realtively new HR44's firmware.
     
  10. hclarkjr

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    well i just hooked the drive up straight to the reciever and not in computer first, worked fine first try. formated and up and running already
     
  11. Laxguy

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    To which DVR, Mr. Clark? BTW, that's what should happen!
     
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  13. P Smith

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    and a maker ? I mean "-400" ?
     
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  15. hclarkjr

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    what would cause the screen to freeze then go black? i have to hit button on remote then the screen comes back
     
  16. Laxguy

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    I don't know, but is there enough of a history to say what seems to trigger that?
     
  17. hclarkjr

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    i tried recording something and it froze it too. i went back to the internal drive and it froze again within 5 minutes but has not done it since. so i have no idea what is going on
     
  18. Laxguy

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    When you switch back and forth, it's kinda like a new software and Guide update. I'd wait at least 24 hours before being concerned about any anomalies.
     
  19. P Smith

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    I would say that would be bizarre idea to procure the issue; the DVR could miss some EPG or icons for fist day, but typical functionality must works, like writing/play events.
     
  20. Laxguy

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    Could you kindly rephrase this??
     

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