The 2 yr old Magnavox 2160A had a hard drive glitch show up last summer. Things will record onto it, but the machine will not read through it. After it ruined a few recordings, I suddenly realized that all I had to do was save the "bad spot", protect it, & it was out of circulation. Doh!
This worked like a charm until a week or two ago when I decided to run some Skip Code checks on the 2160A before doing the 727V Firmware update.
What happened? Working from memory, I mistakenly did the Skip code check that wiped the 2160A's hard drive clean. I only lost a couple of titles that I'd intended to burn to disk, so that wasn't a big deal. BUT: that Hard Drive glitch was now free, just waiting to to ruin a recording. I do plan to replace the HD with a 500GB when prices drop some more, but for now I needed to isolate that glitch again.
And so, as Baldric would say, I formulated a cunning plan. I would completely fill up the hard drive, find the glitch & isolate it again. BwaHaHaHa!
I put all of Mom's time shift recordings onto HQ quality, used SP for any potential burn & keep candidates, keeping all of them on the newly-wiped 160GB HD. Anything that didn't get watched was at least gone through with fast-Forward(the 2-arrow version; in my machine, with the old glitch, I found the 3-arrow speed would sometimes jump right over the bad spot. And the "next chapter" button would *Definitely* skip past the bad spot every time!). The only thing I deleted in this Great Glitch Hunt was commercials out of keeper recordings, & then only after being sure the glitch wasn't hiding in there somewhere.
I couldn't be absolutely sure this procedure would work, but it Seemed
as though it should. And sure enough, when editing & fast-fowarding through this morning's recordings, it bumped against it, made a coupla tries complete with bad sounds, & then stopped! Success! I went back through, noted all times, & now have a 20-second snippet saved, protected, & labeled: HARD DRIVE ERROR!!! DO NOT DELETE!!!
That's the good news- now *that* bad spot won't ruin any more recordings. The bad news? Well, today's "Bomba the Jungle Boy" movie is now in two parts, with 20 seconds missing. I don't think my brother's kids will mind too much though.