What file format do DVR drives use
Posted on 2011-05-10
Lost power and my DVR and the external drive connected to it powered off. Power came back on and the DVR says that the external drive is NOT formatted. I probably had 50-60 shows recorded. It asked me if wanted to format the drive and I said no. I tried a couple of times, used different cables, followed different methods for powering the DVR and the external drive up, all to no avail. Each time it recognized the drive it said that it needed to be formatted. I disconnected the drive, attached it to my computer and was going to try a recovery. One of the programs I wanted to try was asking me what file format the drive was in. Intel, Xbox, something with a G in it, etc. Since I do not know what the format is I do not want to risk selecting the wrong one. I did a google search and had no luck finding an answer. Could be that I used the wrong search terms but I did try multiple ways. So now I am turning to the community in hopes that maybe someone can 'return the favor' and help me out with an answer :)
What file format is used, or how is the drive formatted and partitioned, when formatting a DVR drive. I would think it doesnt matter if the drive is internal or external but, just in case it does matter, the drive in question is an eSATA drive. Also, if there is a particular app that might be especially good at recovering the drive I would appreciate any tips.
Thanks in advance