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Old November 25th, 2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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PDW-U1 Formating fails

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Every once in a while, formatting 23GB prodiscs with my PDW-U1 fails with the message "FORMAT FAILED Error Code 0xA100001A" and the disc is ejected. The disc then becomes unreadable. when inserting the failed disc in a XDCAM deck or camera, I see a message "Unknow File System, please eject or format". Formatting the discs in the PDW-F70 or PDW-F350 camera always works. As anyone seen this? I have tried my colleague's U1 drive and see the same issue. I just upgraded my system to Vista and am wondering if it is not a Vista related bug.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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HI Thierry,

I formatted roughly 20 Disks (or at least 20 times...) with U1 but NEVER had this error message yet.

I am running a WIN XP.

Still I am not really keen to change to Vista, though most applications seem to be vista-compatible nowadays.

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Old November 28th, 2008, 01:34 AM   #3
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Did you give it a try with XP?

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Old November 29th, 2008, 08:46 AM   #4
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Yes, it works fine in XP. I think it could be a conflict with either Norton antivirus 2009 or Mozy Online backup. I am investigating.... Most of the time it works though and I can always fall back on the XDCAM deck for reformating discs.

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Old December 1st, 2008, 06:32 AM   #5
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Yes, it works fine in XP. I think it could be a conflict with either Norton antivirus 2009 or Mozy Online backup.
You may have a valid point there, Thierry. I recall in the early days of CD burning, it was always stressed that the device needed a constant stream of data during the process. Any excess software running on the host could interrupt that process and cause you to burn a nice, shiny coaster.

I can't say for certain that this is your problem, but I do know that the drive is 'dumb' and the XDCAM format is implemented in software for this drive. Therefore, it could indeed be very sensitive to system timing.

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Yep, a lot of things seem to be sensitive to system timing in Vista...

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