"As of this writing the internal disk formatting function has never worked, even with two different drives on my test unit. Even if it did, I strongly recommend not using it, rather go here and download this free program to format your drive to ext2 (or NTFS if you wish);
The program works great, it's fairly easy to use and since it allows you to at least see a ext2 formatted drive within Windows (though you still can't access it) it can be used to replace M$'s utilities for any formatting. Unlike ePVisions internal buggy program, this will least give you an idea how far into the operation you are. Actually, Allen has already mentioned using this, apparently he found it before I did. There are only two functions that are not enabled, neither are of any importance here. It's not a trial
A more advanced program is here. This allows reading ext2 drives within Windows with additional drivers;
(1) Has anyone formatted their HDD using the internal formatting function? If so what were the results? I see from post #2 above that Bruce never did get the function to work. I believe I saw where you, Bruce, have sent back your test unit. Have you gotten a new version and have you had any luck with the formatting function?
(2) It seems that most of the posts are advocating using the ext2 format and I see where Bruce has given us a couple of options for getting the software to do an ext2 format. Has anyone used either of these programs and is there an opinion on preference for these two? Does anyone have another program that they have had success using? Why would I choose one program over the other? I do NOT
have a tech. background so if I could hear in laymans terms your opinions that would be great. If I read the post #2 it looks like one program allows read only if the HDD is accessed with Windows while the other may allow writing to the recording if used within Windows, is that correct? I would guess that this would be a function if I wanted to be able to edit my recording? Is that correct? Thanks in advance to all answers.