I am having trouble trying to connect an external USB drive. I get an error message to say that my PVR only recognises Ext3 or FAT16/32. I apologise in advance for the length of this post but it can't be helped.
I have one of the original Foxsat HDR that came out in 2008? I bought it within days of their first appearing in the shops. It has always been 100% reliable. For most of that time I have been dumping stuff to a WD 1Tb Ext3 drive and then periodically moving it onto a Linux box for backup. I got my sister a Foxsat HDR more recently and she has now been asking for help as the disk is getting full. I thought a FAT32 external drive would be suitable for her as she is not techy - so I formatted my WD to test this scenario locally. All works fine.
I went ahead and bought a WD My Passport 1Tb. Formatted FAT32 but Humax complains, says it is not FAT or Ext3. Then tried formatting as Ext3 but still no success. Guessed it might be a power issue so bought a Seagate 2Tb with its own power but that also failed to work in FAT or Ext3. So I have 2 brand new external drives that I have tried FAT32 and Ext3 to no avail. The original WD still works (still in FAT32 for now). I have formatted FAT32 in Windows using fat32format.exe. I have also tried formatting FAT32 and Ext3 in a Ubuntu VM. So that is 6 permutations all fail in the same way.
I note the 2 new drives are both USB 3.0 whilst my old WD is USB 2.0. Whilst writing this I had another inspiration and dug out an old Seagate Go Flex 2Tb drive that was also USB 2.0. Followed the same approach as before and guess what? It works fine with the Humax.
I'm sorry this is so long and thank you if you have kept going until now. I just wanted to explain what was going on and not waste anybody's time on basics. I've spent two days on this so far and it's driving me round the bend!
So, has anybody else experienced this sort of problem with Foxsat HDR? If so, did you solve it.
Any advice greatly welcome.