Recordings cut short

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Telleadict

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Hello

A new problem to report.

Last night watching some older material. Press Stop at the end and a 'pop up' appeared with a message to the affect to 'Format the HDD to use recording functions', sorry, I can't remember the exact wording. There was an OK button which said it would open Disk Tools, pressing OK seemed to do nothing so I pressed Standby, the Humax shut down and I went to bed.

This morning I come back to it. Humax starts up normally, HDD test passed with no errors and both old and newer recordings play normally. I set a test reservation from morning TV, this was in the list as "Recording failed - lack of signal" OKing this it plays, well 32x fast plays, fine and is the correct length. The channel I used shows 70% strength and 100% quality and shows live without any glitches.

I will have to monitor this but has anyone seen this message before, does it suggest the HDD might be getting 'tired'? BTW the Humax seems subjectively more responsive opening the media list etc then it was before the latest incident.

Thanks for any ideas.
Will
 

MartinLiddle

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I will have to monitor this but has anyone seen this message before, does it suggest the HDD might be getting 'tired'? BTW the Humax seems subjectively more responsive opening the media list etc then it was before the latest incident.
It is really hard to answer the question "is the hard drive getting tired" without access to the SMART data. It could be the drive is getting near to end of life or it could be that a single sector in a critical location became marginal and eventually got mapped out (which might explain the box being a bit more responsive). If you want an informed guess as to which is more likely then remove the hard drive and attach it to a PC and extract te SMART data and post it hyere.
 
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Telleadict

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Hello Martin

That's rather what I thought from my experience with PCs. I think I will leave it be for now unless anything else odd happens or the clipped recording issue worsens. I'll also have another look for the paperwork just in case there is any warranty left before opening the box up. Are the drives in these boxes a standard PC type or the 'AV' duty ones that I understand some recorders need?

BH: I called it this way as I thought an 'ify' HDD could well explain the recording issues that I started this thread about. I still don't know that that problem is over as I've one more cut short but very close to the scheduled end so it could have bee a broadcaster issue with that.

Thanks everyone for sharing your experience.
Will
 
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