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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Ramsman, Feb 18, 2013.

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  1. Ramsman

    Ramsman Guest

    (was Panasonic SA-HT1500, but nobody responded)

    9 times out of 10 when switched on from standby, my Panasonic SA-HT1500
    Home Cinema system immediately goes into HDD format mode and won't leave
    it until said format is performed.

    Does anyone have an idea what might be causing this? Could it be the HDD
    itself? It was suffering a lot of dropouts a while ago, so I stopped
    recording on it pending investigation.
  2. Sjouke Burry

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    A lousy harddisk, with some un-recoverable error on the first(few)
    That might tell the system that it is new, and has to initialyze.
    Of course it wants to finish that then.
  3. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    I would remove the HDD and connect it to your computer. Then run the
    manufacturer's diagnostics against it, eg SeaTools, Data LifeGuard.
    Use the DOS version of the diagnostic to ensure that Windows doesn't
    try to write a disk signature on the drive.

    - Franc Zabkar
  4. Ramsman

    Ramsman Guest

    Thank you, Sjouke and Frank, for confirming my suspicions. It will be a
    couple of weeks before I have time to work on the disk.
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