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Sony RDR-HX820. Just replaced Harddrive 160 Gb with new. Does not recognise the HD. Formatted to NTFS.

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  • dsl610185 Jun 30, 2009

    Hi Guru.



    This is an almost brandnew player/recorder. I believe there might be a problem in the formatting of the new HD. Is there a better option than NTFS ?



    Am I able to install a larger HD - like 500 Gb ? I bought a new one just for the purpose.



    I am sorry, but I am no expert in the field. My field is computers.



    Gunnar

  • dsl610185 Jun 30, 2009

    Hi again Guru.



    Well, I swapped the cables as u said. CD works either way, and the HD doesn't - either way.



    I get "HD error". So, I tested the HD on my computer again, formatted it again. It's perfect.



    I can see nothing wrong with neither the power cables nor the other cables. They are all like new, and in the light of the above, the cables must be OK anyway. Yes ?



    Gunnar

  • dsl610185 Jun 30, 2009

    I have tested everything as suggested. Perhaps someone else will answer the questions I asked.
    Like: I formatted the GD with NTFS. Is that correct, or is the FAT format better ?
    Will the recorder/player accept a larger HD ? Like for instance a 500Gb drive that I bought ?

    Gunnar

  • dsl610185 Jul 01, 2009

    Hi Greenspan.



    Many thanks for your email. I will try your suggestion, and come back.



    It makes a lot of sense. Perhaps there is an update of the firmware out there too, do you know ?



    Gunnar

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Can you try other format option? not using ntfs


try FAT or FAT 32

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Try to use the old HD, you can not use any optional HD as they are recognized by the player. Sony uses a proprietary HD format and NTFS will not be recognized.

Insert the old HD and do a factory setup in the menu "others". Select the "basic" settings, then "start". Press "Enter" when "finish" appears.


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Hi,

The Hard Drive and the CD are both connected to IDE controller on Motherboard

HDD is usually on "Port #1",,,and CD is on #2
They're the SAME,but different Channels.


If Your CD is working,,,like when trying to Install SE,

Try plugging the Hard Drive into the Cable that the CD is using.

Unplug it from CD,,and stick it in HDD.

That's a different channel on the drive controller.

You are Testing the HDD >>>on a Known Good
CD's #2 IDE Channel & CD Cable
.........................................

If that happens to work,,,
then swap the Motherboard end of the "CD's" cable( which now has the HDD on it),,,plug it into Original HDD port on Motherboard.

If it continues working,,that indicates the original HDD CABLE is bad.

That is "Working HDD" + Working CD CABLE + #1IDE HDD channel.
Baically the Original Configuration,,but using a Proven Good CD CABLE
..............................

If it quits working when switched to IDE #1 connector on the motherboard,,,
then IDE#1 Port/Connector on the Board is dead.

Cu we now know HDD works & CD Cable is Good---so it's Gotta be a bad #1 IDE HDD Channel.
.........................................
You CAN use Both HDD and CD on Same Channel/Same Cable.
But it makes HDD run VERY Slow.

If it's Cable,,Cables are Cheap.
(Good Possibility it's only the cable)

If #1 IDE Channel on Motherboard is bad...
You can get a separate IDE Controller Card for $10~20 which plugs into any available PCI Slot.
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,...
If it IS just a Bad cable,,,
chances are you have an "Old Style" 40wire ATA33 cable.

New Style 80wire ATA 66/100/133 Cable is an ideal replacement and recommended.
The Connectors are the same,,,just the ribbon cable/actual wire is different.
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,...
You can also go into Bios Setup Screen,,,and to Drive Setup section---and See if You can get it to "Auto-Detect CD"
--Before doing any mechanic work swapping cables around.

If it Does find CD,,,go ahead and plug HDD into CD Cable

You also might wanna FEEL the HDD,,to see if it's actually Running.
It's RARE,,but it could also be a power Supply Connector problem.
HDD may not be getting any power??
Rare,,but it happens.
Thanks for contacting Fixya.

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