Sorry I have not as yet rated your answer to my question,BUT, I did try and fit a 500gb disk into my machine but it did not work, I since found out that it would only read a 250gb disk as that is what it was supplied with. Problem is I ordered a new disk which was supposed delivered yesterday but now I am told it will not now arrive until 13rth at least, so I am unable to rate your answer, but if all goes well I can see me giving the best possible. Does this help you or do you want me to rate you and come back to you if the new disk does not format itself.
Thanks for your reply, I must have had an OAP mind blast when sending in my original inquiry. I would rate you as first class and hope you get all you can money wise from the net site.
As soon ads I get my new hard drive I will let you know how I get on. I have given my so called supplier a blast as I paid for next day delivery and they had stated that they had the item in stock. Hey ho just have to wait.
My new hard disk arrived today and I have fitted it to the machine.
BUT, it will not format and I have tried several ways, connecting the power line and pushing the start button, no effect, I did this both with the aerials connected and unconnected. I managed to get into the setup and did an HDD format but no luck. It went as far as 16% then stopped sating needed formatting. On the first and second attempt I got the words up that the disk needed re formatting, I was to unplug it then plug it back in and start with the power switch, but no difference.
I inserted a DVD which I had been using on my computer and tried to format it but got the same answer as that to the hard disk, so it would seem to me that I formatting disk of some sort must be needed, but I am not an expert. Over to you.
I am only able to format in NTFS will this make any difference? Reason I ask is that I did this with the 500gb disk and got to the same stage.
I burnt the midnight oil doing the format into FAT32 and re fitted the disk to the machine. Hay Ho no luck, I got the same message as before. It did not format itself on start up and when I was able to get into the HDD format section it did up to the same 16% as before.
Unless there is anything else you can suggest I think I am going to have to travel to a dealer repair merchant.
I have taken my machine to the registered repair dealer and I have been told the only way to replace the disk is to have one ordered from Panasonic where they have done something to the hard disk to enable it to format, they are ordering one and are to fit it as they will not let me do it.
Will let you know the outcome.
I have now got my recorder back with a new hard disk fitted. It would appear that Panasonic do something to the hard drive which stops you putting in a disk of your own.I checked the hard disk in my computer and it did not come up with any reading to state what format it was in, normally it would state Fat 32 or HTML. I have the part number for the new disk if anyone needs it, BUT, they charge £115.45 for the disk!
I have heard that if one can get a copy of the disk they use to format hard disks one could save a bit of cash but not knowing a Panasonic engineer to try and get a copy is the trick.