I shall have to try that once I get this machine working again, one way or another. Thanks for the suggestion! Two new questions:
1. Has anyone tried GRC's SpinRite recovery software? It gets good reviews among some engineers of my acquaintance, and it claims it can recover "TiVo hard drives," which is at least a close cousin of what we're dealing with here.
2. On a more basic level, has anyone actually tried to remove the HDD from the XS34? I've got the top off mine, and the drive seems to be secured by four screws, two on each side - but only one of the screws is easily accessible without further dismantling of the unit. Any suggestions?
When you edit playlists, you are editing 'virtual' copies of the recording. It doesn't affect the original title so you don't fragment the drive.
One neat thing about the Toshiba RD-XS series is I can chop a title into several segments, create a playlist, and combine them in any combination I want. To save HDD space, I can then dub the playlist to the same HDD, then delete the original recording to free up space. All without fragmenting the drive.
In regards to removing the HDD, you must first remove the bracket holding the drive to the chassis via four screws. Use a long blade screwdriver with a magnetized tip so you don't lose the screws. Then remove the four screws securing the HDD to the bracket. The bracket sits next to the burner, and there is no space for even a stubby screwdriver to fit.
Thanks for both tips! The bracket you speak of is the one that sits under the drive, with metal "ears" that come up to hold the sides of the drive, right?
Correct. A long blade, magnetic tip screwdriver is essential for dropping the bolts back into the holes to secure the bracket. It may be hard to start the thread and they tend to fall off and roll under the burner and you have to shake the chassis to find them if you don't use a magnetic tip screwdriver.
Be sure you account for all the screws if you lose one! Otherwise they may short out a circuit board if they are left to roll around or get caught somewhere.
It reminds me of guys working on their cars who drop a bolt into the spark plug hole, and figure the exhaust will blow it out the exhaust port. It's all science; it will crack the piston eventually and the damage will cost far more than removing the head to get the bolt out.