Seagate 1TB as an extender?
I have an extra Seagate ST31000333AS (7200 rpm) and a Mcally external case (fanless)... and tried to connect it as an extender.
The FIRST try, it asked the usual "do you want to format..." and then the "this device will work... " message a little later. The "percentage used" appeared to be consistent with the added drive being "in service".
However, whenever I changed channels, the screen would "freeze" momentarily. When I tried to actually RECORD something, the screen would "freeze" momentarily and then free up... but there would be no red "record" light showing on the PVR and there would be no indication of a recording in the list. (In retrospect, I suspect the freeze on channel-change was a byproduct of the PVR trying to start its new "temporary" recording of the new channel.)
Unfortunately, I did not think to go through the info screens to see what they had to say at the time.
I shut everything down and pulled the power on it all, removed the drive and rebooted the PVR. It has worked fine without the external drive for a week.
Today, I pulled the power on everything and tried the drive again. I get the same "do you want to format " message, but nothing else. When I go through the info screens, pages 29 and 30 show that the PVR recognizes the correct models and serial number for both the internal and external drives, (showing both as "non removable"). Page 29 shows the partition info of the internal drive, but on page 30, the partitions of the EXTERNAL drive are shown as "not available".
ON PAGE 14, there is a SOFTWARE ANOMALIES warning. The text appears to run past the screen width, but the gist seems to be:
"[SATA Forma] (sic), could not partition drive, status = 0xFFFFB8F6..." and some more similar.
It has the date and time of this "software anomaly" which is consistent with today's PVR boot-up time.
QUESTION 1. It is obvious that the external disc is being treated differently on THIS boot up than it was a week ago. Any ideas why, and can anything be done to reset that?
QUESTION 2. Has anybody been successful with a Seagate drive?