I just deleted everything on my DVR because I am sending it back. However, when I deleted everything it still says that it is 13% full. this means that I was never able to use he full capacity of the dvr. Has this happened to anyone else and is there anything that I can do to prevent it. Why did this happen?
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I've had many issues over the years with inaccurate capacity estimates and incorrect hour tallies. The percentages can take a little while to adjust themselves. I've noticed that quite often if you've just deleted a program, the percentage given at the bottom of the screen updates immediately. But if you go straight from that deletion to the Check Capacity option of the DVR menu, it will usually still give the old reading (pre-deletion). Return immediately to the recordings list and look at the estimate and it will have changed back to the old reading (pre-deletion), even though nothing new is being recorded. Wait a couple minutes, check again, and both readouts will be correct. All this tells me is that the programming isn't up to snuff. And this is when everything is functioning correctly. Then you get into the issues of recordings that don't contain correct time stamps. These can really foul the estimates. I've had disk usages claiming that there were tens of thousands of hours of recorded material on my DVR (not possible). I've also had Disk Usage estimates that claim I only had a few hours used, even though I knew my disk was almost full. Then when you finally delete the recording that is fouling the estimate, everything goes back to normal. Bottom line, these are only estimates. They do not indicate actual usage and any number of factors could be throwing them off.
If you've been getting somewhere within the hour ranges listed below, you've probably been getting what you paid for.
80 GB: 40 in SD
160 GB: 55 to 100 in SD, or 14 to 21 in HD 250 GB: 80 to 150 in SD, or 20 to 30 in HD 320 GB: 110 to 210 in SD, or 30 to 45 in HD 500 GB: 175 to 222 in SD, or 45 to 73 in HD
If it really bothers you, you can try an Auto Correct. That might set it straight.
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