Send me your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org but I very much doubt that it will have any effect on the problems you describe.I'd like to get my hands on the most current loader and software for the unit if anyone could be so kind.
Yes if you can find a suitable drive of the correct type. The alternative is to fit a SATA drive and use an IDE to SATA converter. There is an absolute limit on the number of recordings of 512 so in my opinion it isn't worth fitting a drive bigger than about 600GB.Also, is it straightforward to fit a larger HDD into the unit?
I am pretty sure that bad sectors are mapped out by the disk drive firmware and replaced by spare sectors. The problem comes when the supply of spare sectors is exhausted. As far as I know the Humax file system does not have a means of representing bad blocks.Could anyone speculate as to whether SMART operates within the Hummy environment so that failing sectors on the HDD are logged as bad, or does the Humax firmware have no such capability to enable SMART on the native HDD?
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It may be possible but it would be so much easier with the later HDR-FOX T2.I may try and work out if I could extend the HDD interface 'out of the box' to work direct with a caddy rather than keep it on an internal drive - then I can transfer them to my NAS periodically, and play them through the TV unit's ethernet connection instead of filling the Humax nearly up to fall capacity every few months.
Have a look at this link for a slightly different method which I'm guessing was the commonest mod http://humaxdisk.wikispaces.com/Disk+Cabling+and+ModsI may try and work out if I could extend the HDD interface 'out of the box' to work direct with a caddy rather than keep it on an internal drive
Doing a reformat gets it running again for a while (usually a few months, or more accurately, usually until the disk capacity is at circa 90% used), but obviously this is less than ideal.