I already pointed rafletcher at the Wiki page where af123 spells it all out.You can format it in the HDR but you really need to make sure the sectors are aligned. If you have the Custom Firmware installed, just run the 4kalign diagnostic from the Diagnostic page.
When I checked mine it was already correctly aligned without any further action on my part. There is a thread on here somewhere if you search.
Yes the Humax will format the disk by creating a partition table and file systems. Some versions of the Humax software will not align the partitions correctly for a 4KB sector size drive. The common disk to fit is a Seagate which has firmware designed to cope with misaligned partitions. I seem to recall one or two reports of performance problems from people who have fitted WD drives and not aligned the partitions.Now, why would I need to get involved with partitioning the disk?
Will that not be done by the Humax FW (which is the latest 1.03.06, installed with CFW when I wanted to try fix-disk - which as predicted didn't mange to fix it)?
I think you are probably right and everything will be fine but if the 4kalign diagnostic were to report the partitions as misaligned than sorting that out would be worthwhile.Anyway, from what Wallace has said, I should be able to 1) Install disk 2) Format 3) Install CFW and 4) run 4kalign from diagnostics.... and be good to go?
I originally referred you to the Wiki for tips on what drive to choose. The main reason for the jiggery-pokery is to prepare a disk which is too large for the standard Humax utilities to cope with, so as long as the Humax format operation doesn't refuse at the first hurdle you should be OK. On the other hand, it might.Well I had a look at the wiki page...
Maintenance mode not required (you probably didn't mean that - maintenance mode specifically kills all other operations so that disk analysis or other processor intensive operations can run without interruption), you can run the 4kalign diagnostic from the normal Telnet menu or from the WebIF Diagnostics page.I assume I enter mainteance mode, type "diag" then at the prompt type "4kalign"?
You also need to consider it if you are replacing a 512B sector size drive with a 4KB sector size drive and using a firmware version that doesn't automatically create 4KB aligned partitions.Only have to worry about disk partitioning if you're installing a disk larger than 1tb as the hummy wont cope with anything bigger.