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I want to hook an external hard drive up to my Motorola DCH6416.

What type of hard drive do I need? rpm's, cache, formats, etc...?

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We're going to need more information to troubleshoot, but if it's a new drive that's never been set up follow the instructions below. If these instructions aren't helpful, then please post back with more info and I'll help you further.

Your external hard drive likely has no partitions so Windows has no drive to mount. Follow these steps to create and format a partition for your external hard drive.

1. Press Win+R to open the Run command.
2. Type "Control" into the dialog box.
3. Double-click "Administrative Tools."
4. Double-click "Computer Management."
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6. Find the 250 GB External Hard drive in the right pane.
7. Right click on the drive and select "Create new partition".
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9. Format the partition as NTFS unless you plan on booting off the hard drive, in which case format the partition as FAT32. You can also create multiple partitions if you want.
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If you just want the Hard Drive to work on your computer again (even if you lose whatever you may have had on it), you'll need to format the drive while it is hooked into your computer.

I don't know which operating system you have (XP, Vista, Windows 7) or even if you're running Windows... so these next instructions may vary:

Open "My Computer" (or "Computer" on Vista/Win7)
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Click "Format"

WARNING! If you format the drive, you will be erasing it completely!

In the format menu, make sure NTFS is checked and do a Quick Format.

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When you hooked it up to your digital receiver, it may have done its own kind of format so you couldn't load movies onto the Hard Drive and move them to your computer... It's possible that it's a safety feature of your DTV... The only way to know for sure is to try it again after formatting.

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This application successfully recovers data from damaged hard disks.

You will need and extra storage where to transfer the recovered data.

Don;t forget to rate this answer if it helps.

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