Sam, not sure what you should do now after some possible "errors"?
1. Not getting a HDD designed for AV ops, as this note in the SKIP 079 help file recommended:
"Note on WD Drives: Thanks to timtofly for this tip. If contemplating the use of a Western Digital (WD) drive, make sure to select their "AV" drives, not the "AA" drives. The AA drives get hot cuz they're made for the well-cooled inside of a computer. Unless you get the AV drives as opposed to the AA drives, you may be taking your chances. WD5000AAKB = PC ; WD5000AVJB = Video equipment."
Note: This is just a note for others contemplating an upgrade to not just get "any" HDD, altho they might work, but look for ones that say they're designed for Video or Audio-Video (AV) use. They're designed to run constantly, stay cooler, 7200rpm (more important when your HDD gets fragmented), etc. etc.
2. Formatting the dirve in a computer. Anyone know if this can be overcome or "re-formatted" with a format or HDD Factory Check in the 2160A?
3. Not completing the SKIP 013 procedure... not sure what stopping this procedure does, maybe no effect I hope. I'm not sure SKIP 013 is needed for a NEW drive, and it prob. can't be done anyway IF the 2160A can't actually recognize that there's a HDD there. Error E48 is "Recording without HDD connected" so that might mean it isn't being seen by the op system? Are connections tight and secure?
The SKIP 013 procedure DOES take quite a while, esp. for a 640GB drive... my 160GB procedure took almost 1 hour, I think (read the procedure again?). As long as it keeps working without throwing a "NG" on the screen during the LONGEST part of the process, Media Read at the beginning.
All I can think of quickly at this time. Need some help from experienced upgraders... in fact, you might want to wait for one of them to reply before doing anything else?