I hooked up a 30GB hard drive and formatted it from the tools menu of the 5045. Everything worked perfect using this method. Next I figured I would try a 300GB Seagate drive. Everything worked perfect on this drive with the exception of barely gaining any more recording time over the original 160GB hard drive. Recording time shows as 69 hours and 46 minutes in the SP mode. I started a recording to see if the minutes would be deducted from the original recording time. Unfortunately this was the case. I removed the drive from the 5045 and installed it in my PC. The drive shows as a Liteon FAT32 149GB. Does anybody know how to get the 5045 to see this drive as 300GB
I think I’ve formatted up 3 drives on the 5045 now – one of them formatted itself, well, what I mean is that the Tools handled it after an error message at boot time. But the other one just hung when I booted – it was a blank drive straight from its packaging – and I had to put a dummy boot sector and two FATs in to give it a helping hand. Perhaps that drive wasn’t as blank from the factory as I had thought! I know in the old days Seagate used to put a minimal 20Mb format on the start of the drives, with utilities to load Ontrack and stuff to your machine, in case the BIOS wouldn’t handle larger HDDs, but I would have thought they didn’t bother with that now.