thanks for this - however, I bought a new 2tb HDD, put it into the humax - it reformatted it fine and I then scheduled a few recording. It didn't do any as it had crashed again the next time I looked (say 60 mins later).As far as I can see, the OP's crash was that
e2fsckon partition 2 of the disk and this hung after running overnight.
I have subsequently bought a 2nd hand new Humax as consensus seemed to think that the old machine was dead.
so now I have the following:
a dead Humax
my old 1tb drive (full of recordings which I'd like to keep/play)
my new 2tb drive
a new 2nd hand humax (not yet tested) with a 500gb drive
There's something I don't understand about the old 1tb drive - when it was in the Humax and connected up - I could see all my old recordings. When I hooked it up via SATA to my laptop and ran a Linux reader, I could only see about 50% of my old recordings.
question is what next? what would you do!?