Originally Posted by macallik
Update: Finally hooked my media stick to see the breakdown. There is definitely a discrepancy between the recorded space and the available space:
37.5GB used (equates to 29.5%)
Channel Master is showing 44%
Can't figure out a reason for the discrepancy. Originally I thought that the CM % remaining indicator was slightly in line but after looking at the files in Ubuntu, there is a big discrepancy. (I was originally saying standard definition tv was about 2.2GB/hour but in actuality my recordings are ~700MB/hour). Not a huge deal since eventually I'll probably get a +500GB HD anyways but I am just a stickler for efficiency.
On an unrelated note, I have MPV Media Player on a Chromebook (running Ubuntu via crouton) and it is extremely convenient/easy to plug in my USB stick and watch TV from my laptop.
I can’t explain the differences either, but below is what I’m getting on a 3TB USB WD My Book, after the DVR+ reclaimed the space used by two 12 hour recordings that were deleted. It took 12 minutes to reclaim the space, reclaiming 1% after 2 minutes, another 1% five minutes later, and a final 1% after another 5 minutes. The EHD was then connected to Windows 8.1 and examined. When returned to the DVR+ (124R), the percentage used remained at 8%.
Using the Ext2Fsd
values (see pic below), 233 / 2793 = 8.34%. Since the DVR+ is reporting 8% used, it looks okay to me.
This is what Ext2Fsd
reveals in Windows:
This is the partitioning as revealed by Windows Disk Management:
Here’s my other thoughts:
For sure, adjust your calculations to account for that gray area in the Pie Chart. In Ubuntu, use GParted (I think that’s the program name) to show how the USB Stick is partitioned. That might tell us what that gray area is, and precisely what the partition sizes are. If there is any unallocated space, then evidently the DVR+ isn’t making full use of the Stick, like it did pre-123R on 3TB drives.
How long did you wait before checking the percentage used on the DVR+? When was the screenshot created that shows the 44% on the DVR+, before or after connecting to Ubuntu? If before, what does it show after reconnecting to the DVR+? Did you do a Cold Boot to see if that alters the value?
The DVR+ uses only one storage device at a time, either the internal storage, or the external storage, so the Live recording is written to the USB HDD when it’s connected, and is included in the percentage used. My experience shows that the current Live recording is not deleted when the USB HDD is disconnected from the DVR+, and you should see it in Ubuntu (although cryptically named, and incorrectly dated, making it difficult to find), and Ubuntu will count it too, so that should cancel out.
Out of curiosity, how are you determining which recording to play on your TV through your Laptop? I'm assuming Trial and Error!