Originally Posted by DoctorM
As far as disc format, people on memory cards/sticks might want to consider using exFAT as an alternative to NTFS. It still provides for files sizes larger than 4gb without the crap. Could be more efficient..
Originally Posted by LibbyB
Thanks for the suggestion. I just reformatted the flash to exFAT. Will do a test run tomorrow and see how the drive does.
I ran the exFAT format to the disk. The 3500 recognized that a usb was plugged in... BUT.... it then told me there was no disk when I pressed RECORD. I fooled around with the drive a bit, but the 3500 kept stubbornly insisting there was no drive attached, even though it announced a usb was being plugged in.
So back to the computer to reformat the flash, this time to NTFS. The 3500 now recognized it as a disk, and recorded to it, but for some reason the recorded segment refused to show on my laptop. The computer insisted the drive was empty. Again, I fooled around with the drive and computer for a bit, trying to get them to talk. Nope. Wasn't about to happen. (Didn't check to see if the recording would show on the TV - it would have been nice if I'd looked at that first.)
At that point I decided to just reformat the flash back to default (FAT32). Plugged it back in the 3500, and it worked like a charm, recording beautifully. Only one very tiny signal "ripple" for less than a microsecond at the front end, then it recorded flawlessly the rest of the 1/2 hour test recording. The playback on the 3500 was **gorgeous**. Full DH. Stunning picture on both the TV, and also on the computer monitor. Again, when you looked at the recording file on the computer, the weird naming of each segment of record makes editing on the computer (via my older editing programs) a bit more of a chore unless I can find an editing program that looks at the recording as a whole, rather than pieces.
PRO: I love how easy and convenient this micro flash drive is, the quality of the recording, the gig size being large enough for several hours on HDTV, and almost no breakup. I'm thinking it would be excellent for recording shows that I want to playback (via the 3500) on the TV upstairs, or slide out the flash and plug it into the big Smart TV downstairs that has several usb inputs.
CON: The flash does get very hot when it is in use, either in the 3500, or in the computer, so you have to be careful when you touch it. It is also so tiny that you do need a lanyard, or a brightly colored ribbon, tied to it. If you remove it from the 3500 (or computer) it will disappear the instant your back is turned. That's not a warning; that's a fact. I have hard enough trouble finding it with a bright red Christmas ribbon tied to it.
Because the separate recording files are a bit too labor intensive for me to edit quickly on the computer, even though the transfer of flash from 3500 to my computer is sooooo quick and simple, I probably won't be using it to record Lassie. So the 3.5" DHH - now on a wall timer so it is on only during the two recording sessions - is still employed, the recording being dumped onto my laptop (which I now carry upstairs rather than removing the DHH from the 3500) every evening. Next thing to explore will be the SD drives...
The Lassie series ran for 19 years. Heartwarming that my 86 year old mother, and 90 year old dad, are both loving each and every episode filled DVD I've sent them thus far. So are a couple of old friends that have been begging for copies as well. Makes this journey with the 3500 all worthwhile. Edited by LibbyB - 8/26/13 at 11:44am