Originally Posted by oshunluvr
I am not trying to pick a fight or anything, but I'm curious as to the logic you used to draw this conclusion.
Granted, NTFS is a rather crappy drive format for various reasons, but I wouldn't call it "flaky." It has been in public use since 1993.
Sorry, I will reiterate. The NTFS driver I am using is a read/write driver provided by Paragon Software, not by Apple. It may not be a flakey implementation of NTFS.But.
The PVR does not like it!
The Paragon NTFS formatting is obviously different from the Windows NTFS formatting, since the former does not work correctly on the PVR whereas the latter does. There must be some subtle differences between the two.
That said, both the Mac and Windows can read/write the drive, whether it is formatted by Paragon(Mac) or by Windows 7. Weird, huh? I can only put it down to "sensitivities" in the NTFS file system driver on the PVR itself.
I don't recall formatting the drive with a MAC as one of the supported ways to pre-format the drive. I suggest the MAC NTFS driver is at least as suspect as the linux one on the PVR. Linux has supported R/W and format of NTFS for 3 years that I know of. As far as I knew until I read your post, MAC's could only read NTFS, not format or write to it.
You are correct about Apple's NTFS driver. It provides read-only support. No format. No write. That is why I am using Paragon's NTFS driver instead. It reads, writes and formats NTFS. I hope that is clear.
In any case, why not simply use the TViX to format the drive? That's what I did and I haven't had any drive issues at all.
How do I force the PVR to format an HDD?
The PVR User's Guide says the unit will detect an unformatted drive and auto-format it.
Since the drive is already formatted, I have no way to "unformat" it. So I reformatted it with Mac's HFS file system and stuck it back in the PVR. The PVR did not recognise the Mac file system, of course. But neither did it offer to format the drive.
Does the TViX provide a command to format the drive? Where is such command?
BTW: This is all rather academic since I cannot even reboot the PVR. It sits in WAIT ...