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How long should the Skip 079 HDD Format take? Philips DVDR3575H/37

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I just did this on my unit after I was starting to get more system errors on my Philips DVDR3575H/37 (bought a refurb from Philips in approx. 2008). I also upgraded the FE Firmwear to _016.

When I did the Skip 079 to format the HDD, after I pressed Enter the unit stayed on for a few secs. then just shut off. I would think a format of the drive would take a few minutes like a desktop PC. The clock was reset to the default time etc... so I assume something happened but was just wondering if the drive was even formatted .
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I just did this on my unit after I was starting to get more system errors on my Philips DVDR3575H/37 (bought a refurb from Philips in approx. 2008). I also upgraded the FE Firmwear to _016.

When I did the Skip 079 to format the HDD, after I pressed Enter the unit stayed on for a few secs. then just shut off. I would think a format of the drive would take a few minutes like a desktop PC. The clock was reset to the default time etc... so I assume something happened but was just wondering if the drive was even formatted .

 

SKIP 079 is not a "format" as we think about it with a computer. These DVDRs do an "Initialzie" which ID's the HDD and loses all content so it can start over from sector 1. It's a "blip on the screen" compared to a "HDD format."

 

Skip 013 is more a format that SKIP 079 since it "checks" or works on all sectors/bits.

post #3 of 6
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Thanks for this info, did not see the Skip 013 mentioned.

Just finished the scan/format and all is "OK" except for the HDD Head Check which says "NG :E27"
so the Result also states "NG" which I assume is NOT GOOD (?).

Is this anything to start worrying about or should I get a new Magnavox unit? Maybe a new HDD?

Thanks again for the insight.
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Thanks for this info, did not see the Skip 013 mentioned.

Just finished the scan/format and all is "OK" except for the HDD Head Check which says "NG :E27"
so the Result also states "NG" which I assume is NOT GOOD (?).

Is this anything to start worrying about or should I get a new Magnavox unit? Maybe a new HDD?

Thanks again for the insight.

 

NO!

 

My story with a totally "NG" (No Good) HDD:

 

I got a refurb'd 3575 from another member that had a "glitch" or two on its HDD. It would freeze playback of the first three titles, NEVER completed a SKIP 079, NEVER did a SKIP 013 without finding everything "NG," and was slower than normal on startup and slightly noisier than normal when on.

 

At first, I just left the first three titles in place to avoid playback problems. Then, I decided to make sure I used ALL the bits on the HDD (after reading expert articles that said it would help prevent "bit fade" if done every year or two), so I just kept recording a 3-hr nightime timer program (talk shows) at HQ until the HDD filled up. I then used HDD Menu > Delete All Titles and did the fill-up again.

 

After a couple or three fill-ups, the HDD repaired itself to the extent that it was still slow and noisy, but NO playback problem and SKIP 079 and SKIP 013 OK.

 

All that was about 2 years ago and its still going strong today!

 

So, I'd advise trying a few "fill-ups" if it's convenient (as it was for me) and see if your HDD will repair itself? Our HDDs have lots of extra sectors just for that purpose.


Edited by wajo - 11/16/12 at 1:23pm
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Wow, great info and I never have tried to keep more than a few titles on my HDD at any one time.

I usually record a few shows from network tv and a few movies during the week on HBO, Show etc... and have never had more than 5 or 10 saved at any one time. Always thought it was better just to get rid of them when I was done viewing.

Will give this idea a shot!
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**UPDATE**

After filling-up the HD in HQ mode and then deleteing the titles a couple of times, NO MORE disk errors or issues so far!!

Thanks for the great help!
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