Hello, I've had the external hard drive function active for many years on my Vip 211k (paid the $40 years ago). Recently had a multiple power failure, and I decided to upgrade the external powered enclosed IDE HDD (from 80GB to 200GB). But the receiver is giving me the error that it cannot be used for an unknown reason and to try a different USB 2.0 drive.
With receiver on, I plug external HDD enclosure into receiver's USB port and power HDD on. Receiver recognizes drive has been plugged in, and asks to reformat, I select 'Yes', and after it says the error. I tried restarting and unplugging receiver, let it boot with and without the USB plugged in, after it boots, same thing, recognizes drive, asks to reformat, I select Yes, and error again.
I went back and reinstalled the old HDD and now it gives the same error. I tried yet another different 160GB HDD, and same error. I bought a new external powered USB 2.0 IDE HDD enclosure, and same error, tried the old enclosure (USB 2.0 external powered IDE), same error. Went into windows, did a low-level format of the hard drives, nothing. Reformatted to a linux Ext2, nothing. Wiped partitions and left unformatted, nothing. Reformatted to NTFS, confirmed it worked in windows, plugged into receiver, nothing.
2 enclosures, 3 hard drives, same error. What could possibly be going on? Been at it for couple of weeks now, any help would be greatly appreciated!!
All 3 are Maxtor HDD's: 80gb, 160gb, 200gb, and the enclosures are USB 2.0, self powered, IDE disk drives (not flash). I've used these enclosures (and previous ones) with no issues ever on the Vip211k for nearly 10 years. It's usually just plug in, reformat, and it goes. I can't say that they've been sold as an EHD package, but its a straight IDE and power supply connection inside the enclosure to the HDD, so it should be identical.
But, given it worked so well for so long, why would it all of a sudden stop one night? It recognizes the drive when plugged in, attempts to reformat, and then stops and gives the error. I verified the drives and enclosures work just fine in Windows (I copied videos and played from HDD to verify, ran diagnostic and surface tests, SMART tests, all passed). And I reformatted to Linux Ext2, Ext4, unformatted, wiped partitions, same results.
Is it possible the DVR connection in the receiver is the problem somehow, needs to be rebooted somehow? I already tried unplugging power from receiver for extended period and after startup, same results.