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USB drive format - NTFS or FAT32?

Discussion in 'HDR-1800T/HDR-2000T Freeview Recorders' started by Greatstuff, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Greatstuff

    Greatstuff New Member

    While FAT32 works fine, the size of the files is limited. I have an 8Gb drive and it allows me to transfer programmes from the unit (whether SD or HD, the latter after being Foxy'd)

    However, I have an NTFS-formatted USB drive (64Gb) and while I can transfer recordings to it, they just won't play on my PC. The length shows up as blank on Windows Explorer and it tells me it 'cannot render the file', so how can I make the unit allow workable copying to NTFS, please?
     
  2. Black Hole

    Black Hole Trick Cyclist

    This is a bit of a mystery. What version Windows (Win10 has been observed to corrupt external drives)? Try reformatting it with Windows (not a quick format).

    The best work-around I can offer, in the absence of more definite suggestions of cause and cure, is to use Ext3 format - see Things Every... (click) section 12.
     
  3. Greatstuff

    Greatstuff New Member

    I last tried it on Win7, but am now using Win10 so will give that a try (and hope it doesn't corrupt anything). Ext3 would make it too small if it's just 2Gb that it leaves you with.
     
  4. Black Hole

    Black Hole Trick Cyclist

    Where did you get that from??!

    Ext3 is capable of very large files and drives, and it's what the internal HDD is formatted to. It's also what we need to format an external drive as for recording on the diskless HD-FOX (we prefer Ext2 for a recordable Flash drive, but that's not something you have to worry about for just transporting recordings).
    See the original post in Things Every... for the utility you need to install to provide Ext3 support in Windows.
     
  5. grahamlthompson

    grahamlthompson Well-Known Member

  6. Black Hole

    Black Hole Trick Cyclist