Why do you want to format the disk in the first place? If you are going to format, then there's no point deleting anything as it will all get lost anyway.I was going to copy these back following the format otherwise I would simply delete all 'recordings' and leave these folders as they are.
How do you know you have a problem with fragmentation? Have you got a problem with something or not?I wish to format the HDD following recording/deleting both large and small files since buying the Humax 2 years ago.
Formatting will destroy the WebIf and all installed packages and force you to reinstall it all.I was only considering deleting files (recordings only) if formatting would destroy the custom firmware.
I wouldn't. If you really want to 'defrag' the media partition, then backup your recordings to external, delete them from the internal disk and then copy them back. This is good enough.But as the CF is held in Flash and its associated folders can be copied back from the ext USB HDD I will format the HDD without deleting anything.
As I understand I there is no need to defrag an Ext3 file system. Only reformat if you are having specific problems, and then only if the CF Telnet disk maintenance options have failed to resolve the issue (in which case the disk probably needs replacing anyway). As prpr says, if you back up your recordings, delete them from the internal disk, and then put them back, that will have the desired effect - but it isn't necessary.There doesn't appear to be a defrag facility.
If you used the remote to copy "everything" to USB, you will not have copied the /mod folder (containing the custom packages), only the content under the /media folder. The internal disk has three volumes on it for various purposes, only part of one of which is used for storing recordings. The SUI only shows you a very limited view of it; the WebIF media browser shows you the whole structure (if you click the breadcrumb trail at the top of the page) but only media files within it; to see the whole thing you need Telnet or FTP (with the standard FTP server turned off and the betaftp package installed, because the standard FTP again only shows you the /media folder).I was only considering deleting files (recordings only) if formatting would destroy the custom firmware. But as the CF is held in Flash and its associated folders can be copied back from the ext USB HDD I will format the HDD without deleting anything.