Problems with External Harddrive

kshaw

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I plugged a Western Digital 2TB external harddrive to my Hopper 3 for the first time and was told that I needed to reformat the drive (had been used prior with our VIP612). I reformatted the drive and copied a whole bunch of shows without any error messages. When I plugged it in again to the Hopper 3 it tells me that the harddrive needs to be formatted again. I plugged the drive into a laptop running Disk Genius and it shows the partitions but shows they need to be formatted. I can recover small files from the disk using Disk Genius but the larger files on the drive require an upgrade to Disk Genius. Any other options to recover these shows?
 

kshaw

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Do you know where I can find the Linux commands to do this?
 

TheKrell

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Do you know where I can find the Linux commands to do this?
I believe a 2TB disk will be partitioned into 5 ext3 partitions. If you don't have a LInux already installed somewhere, I would recommend a liveDVD of your favorite distribution. JS racer can correct me if I'm wrong. But I think he's talking about running fsck on each partition. (I don't remember if you can do that on the whole partitioned disk.)
 

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Do this:

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=4M count=25

where /dev/sdb is your external drive.

Plug it back in to the hopper and let it format. It should work fine afterwords.

Please be careful with dd. It is a good tool to shoot yourself in the foot. Double and triple check that you have the right drive.
 

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Have you called Dish to have them send a re-hit to your receiver, this often makes the receiver see a drive that was on a different receiver but on the same account.
 
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