Originally Posted by gastrof
With regards to recordings that turn out to get "stuck" at some point, but will play to the end if you use chapter-jump to skip over the "stuck" spot...
Are we pretty well settled these situations mean there's a bad spot on the hard drive?
Are we also pretty well settled that if you use "title divide" to isolate the minute or two surrounding the "stuck spot" (and mark it as "do not delete" or something) that this will help avoid the problem in the future?
I did not 'keep' the 'bad spot' after doing the isolation down to a minute or two. Instead, I dubbed anything I wanted to keep or view later, and did the SKIP 079(?) that reformats the whole disk and scans for errors. [Don't have the codes memorized and hope I never do...]
Since then, I have had no re-occurrence of the problem. Unless these disks have LOTS of hours, and I mean in the 10's of thousands, they are unlikely to develop bad spots. Statistically [yes, lies, damn lies and statistics...] they won't go bad for a normal span of the life of the machine. I still have drives that are over 15 years old that haven't developed any bad spots. Back when a 1G disk was BIG, and cost over $100, I replaced a 1992 200M Seagate in a Packard Bell 486DX33 factory equipped with 4M of memory, I'd say in 94, and it still works.
FWIW, I think the software can sometimes overload the CPU doing the signal decode, digitize and disk shuffling, or the tuner is getting a degraded signal that causes the decoder to synch, re-synch, etc and throw away some of the signal, so that it loses track of what it should be writing, or what it was supposed to write. I think the blocks are allocated, but the signal that was digitized has some sort of 'endless loop' that the DAC[digital to analog] chip can't figure out. If memory is working, I think I have waited for what seemed like ages, and it eventually went on to the next 'block' in the recording. I think that it gets lost, more or less, in the data. However, opinions are free, and are worth every penny you pay for them.