We have deleted the shows off of the hard drive they are no longer accessable but our unit says we only have 6 hrs of space rather that the 60 or so I am suppost to have. Is there some way to reformat the hard drive without loosing functionality. Do I Need to back up programs or something so I can get back my hard drive space
To format the HD in the DRC8030N, do the following. Power off the unit (so you only get the clock on the LCD) and then press and hold the PLAY and OPEN/CLOSE buttons for about 5-6 seconds or until you get the FORMATING word in the LCD. It will do this for about 5 seconds and voila, you are back in business. Keep in mind that by doing the following you will loose all your saved info like saved titles and such. So if you have a saved TV show that you really do not want to erase, then record it to a DVD Disk first. I hope this helps
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To format the HD in the DRC8030N, do the following. Power off the unit (so you only get the clock on the LCD) and then press and hold the PLAY and OPEN/CLOSE buttons for about 5-6 seconds or until you get the FORMATING word in the LCD. It will do this for about 5 seconds and voila, you are back in business. Keep in mind that by doing the following you will loose all your saved info like saved titles and such. So if you have a saved TV show that you really do not want to erase, then record it to a DVD Disk first
Click Start, then Computer. It will show you how much free space you have on your C: drive. All "hard drives" need at least 25% free space to operate efficiently.
Run CCleaner and see how much space it frees up.
If the C drive is still short on space, you will need to uninstall any programs you no longer need, and delete any files you no longer need.
For anyone else that runs into this issue, you don't need the EXE.
Follow the instructions on here to get to the Storage control panel area on your computer so you can view partitions: http://www.ehow.com/how_5022760_check-partitions-hard-drive.html
Locate your LaCie drive, and delete the small partition that shows as "Healthy". Once you delete that, you should have a large "Unallocated" space. Format that normally using either FAT32 or NTFS. Your drive will now have its full allocation (which with a 500GB drive, should be around 465GB, give or take depending on the system accessing it).
if you are running windows vista, this might help alot, if running xp, it might not, go disk clean up for drive c. to do this, open up my computer, and right click on drive c, and open up properties. click on disk clean up, and a window should show up. if you are running windows vista, its going to ask if from current user, or all users, click all users. after the calculating window, a window that says disk clean up for drive c will show up. click on the tab at the top of that window that says more options, and on the bottom box, which should say system restore and shadow copies, click the clean up button. the longer it takes, the more space its freeing up. Goodluck
It is true that the manual says it can record 100 or more hours...but that is at the lowest resolution. You can go to the menu screen and from there go to the recording properties and play around with different recording resolutions that best fit your recording needs. Also, the DVR uses a Hard Drive just as any computer does and within' time it becomes fragmented... that may cause it to record less hours even if you delete recordings. You can format the internal hard drive by going to the main menu screen and press and hold (for about 10 seconds) the OPEN and PLAY buttons on the unit (not the remote). At this time you should see the words FORMAT on the LCD screen and the unit will shut off. Keep in mind that formatting will erase everything on the hard drive so make sure you back up to DVD whatever you want to keep. Hope this helps.
One possible work around Provided you have access to another PC and feel comfortable with taking your hard drive out of your PC and putting it back in
1. buy a USB external hard drive enclosure and install your hard drive into it 2. connect this USB hard drive to another PC 3. create some free space by deleting some files (see Safe files to delete below for details) 4. reinstall hard drive back into your PC and try to boot normally
Safe files to delete 1. temporary files - on Win XP these are normally in "C:\WINDOWS\Temp"
2. temporary internet files - on Win XP these are normally in "C:\Documents and Settings\[Your Username]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files" 3. other temporary files - on Win XP these are normally in "C:\Documents and Settings\[Your Username]\Local Settings\Temp" Note that if you have more than one user account on the PC, then each user could have files that are safe to delete in the folders mentioned in number 2 and 3