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Space allocation when a timer is set

#1
Just a question that someone can help me with.

When I schedule a recording, is the space pre-allocated for that recording or is it done when the recording takes place?

Just want to know if I will fill the machine up if I schedule loads of good stuff over the Xmas period.

Merry Xmas everyone!

Jason
 

MartinLiddle

Super Moderator
Staff member
#2
When I schedule a recording, is the space pre-allocated for that recording or is it done when the recording takes place?

Just want to know if I will fill the machine up if I schedule loads of good stuff over the Xmas period.
As far as I know the space isn't allocated until the recording is made. There is a capability to Automatically delete the oldest recordings if space is getting tight; the release notes say:

Auto Delete function - oldest files will be removed; Lock files so they are not Auto Deleted.
- Auto Delete is switched OFF as Default
- To enable Auto Delete go to Menu > Preferences > Recording > Auto Delete
 
#3
As far as I know the space isn't allocated until the recording is made. There is a capability to Automatically delete the oldest recordings if space is getting tight; the release notes say:

Auto Delete function - oldest files will be removed; Lock files so they are not Auto Deleted.
- Auto Delete is switched OFF as Default
- To enable Auto Delete go to Menu > Preferences > Recording > Auto Delete
I, too, am getting close to a full hard drive.

Can anyone confirm the process in either scenario?

With Auto Delete off:-
  • Is there a warning that programmes will fail to record unless media is deleted?
  • How early is that warning: as soon as the recording is scheduled?
With Auto Delete on:-
  • Is there a warning dialogue before deletion?
  • How early is that warning: as soon as the 'replacement' recording is scheduled?
  • Is deletion purely decided by age: i.e. is there a 'watched' flag that will prioritise watched programmes for deletion?
On a minor point, do the shades of green in the Storage Indicator Circle (SIC) on the media list have any significance?
I know the white section indicates free space: what do the dark green and light green indicate?
 

af123

Administrator
Staff member
#4
The shades of green aren't significant. The graphic just uses a darker shade for the bottom half.

Sorry I can't help with the other query. I suspect that the Humax just marks the recording as failed due to insufficient space. It may put up a warning if you happen to be watching. There are people here that run with low disk space that may be able to comment.

With the CFW undelete extension which implements a recycle bin, automatically removing things after a few days, it has an adaptive algorithm which removes things earlier if disk space is getting tight.
 

Ezra Pound

Well-Known Member
#5
As af123 has said the pie chart has light green in the upper half and dark green in the lower half, here are some of the icons they use :-

HDD-ind2.jpg