Originally Posted by jericko76
Hey, I have not kept up on the Hard Drive limitations. Will I have any issues using a 3TB (Western Digital) USB Hard Drive on the DVR+ with the latest FW?
Also, is it possible to transfers recordings from one Hard Drive to Another?
It might depend upon the exact model of the USB HDD as to if it works or not, but I’m using a Western Digital 3TB My Book, model WDBFJK0030HBK-04 without issues in version 134R. Prior to version 124R, the DVR+ would only use 2TB on that HDD, but in 124R that limitation magically went away after re-initialization. Version 124R must be used to format disks larger than 2TB to their full capacity, but with disk manufacturers moving from 4096 byte sector sizes to 512 byte sector sizes, disks larger than 2TB fail to format properly in 124R, and require 123R or 124R to achieve 2TB (with remaining space not usable).
It is currently not possible to merge recordings from one HDD with another. DVR+ Lister Beta 16.9.1
provides the ability to merge
recordings from one HDD to another HDD (always check for a later version on the post 1
). Aside from that, you can manually copy ALL
recordings from one HDD to another HDD, provided there is nothing on the other HDD that you want to retain. Here’s how using a Windows computer (others similar):
1. Backup any files that come on the
destination USB HDD before connecting it to the DVR+.
2. Connect the
destination USB HDD to the DVR+ and allow it to initialize it (format it). DO NOT
record anything that you want to keep, as the following process will delete everything.
3. Disconnect the
destination USB HDD from the DVR+ and attach it to a computer.
4. Windows computers require Ext2Fsd version 0.62 or later
(I highly recommend version 0.64
even though versions up to 0.68 were released) to be installed on the computer, in order to assign drive letters to both partitions on DVR+ formatted USB HDDs. Version 0.62, or later, is required to be able to delete files on the USB HDD (again, I recommend version 0.64
5. Using Windows Explorer (or any file manager), delete all files and folders on the
USB HDD in both partitions (both drive letters).
6. Connect the
source USB HDD to the computer, and get drive letters assigned to both of its partitions.
7. Copy everything from the
source HDD to the
destination HDD, on a partition by partition basis. The 1st partition (which is the small partition) contains the various data files. The 2nd partition contains the TS recordings. Each partition has one empty "lost+found" folder.
8. Connect the
destination USB HDD to the DVR+ and give it a test by listing the recordings, and playing a few.