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Dvr will not record. i get the message, " hard drive full" is there a way to erase what is on the hard drive?

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  • kcool125 Oct 14, 2010

    Cindy,
    Thank you for the info. I tried both suggestions and neither seemed fix the problem. I'm now getting a message that the HDD can't be detected. Is it time for a new DVR or can the HDD be replaced?

    Thanks - Kevin

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You can erase the contents of the drive or set the drive to overwrite when full. Erasing the drive is the equivalent of reformatting (you will not be able to recover the images easily).

To Erase/Format, enter the Menu system and select Hard Drive Setup (seventh line in the list). Press Enter, then go to HDD Format (fourth item in the list) and press Enter. Then enter your password (set up under System Setup) but the default password is 111111, if it is on. If you entered the correct password, the screen will flash HDD Formatted 3 times. Press Menu to exit the menu. (If the incorrect password was put in, Incorrect Password will flash.)

To overwrite, again go to Hard Drive Setup then select the first item, Drive Full. Press Enter to toggle Overwrite On or Off. You will be able to recover the images until they are overwritten.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

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  • Cindy Wells Oct 15, 2010

    The hard drive is removable. However, without knowing why the HDD is not being detected, I can't tell if the drive went bad or the controller. The first thing I'd try is to eject the HDD and then reinsert the unit.

    The drive is in a removable box; so you need to pull that box and then swap the drive with the same size (2.5" probably but I've never had the drive fail before without other symptoms) and type (IDE/SATA). You could also try a new swappable enclosure.

    BTW there is a 3-year warranty on Speco DVRs.

    I wish I could be of more help.

    Cindy Wells

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