About Recording TV to the HP Personal Media Drive
The HP Media Center PC was set up to record TV
shows to your local hard disk drive when using
Media Center. It is possible to change the recording
pathway to an HP Personal Media Drive, but several
errors can occur if the drive is unexpectedly or
It is recommended that you record TV shows to your
local hard disk drive and then copy the files over to
your HP Personal Media Drive.
If you decide to change your recording path to the
HP Personal Media Drive, consider the following:
The TV recording path does not default
back to your local hard disk drive after the
HP Personal Media drive is disconnected.
This means scheduled recordings may not be
recorded. The recording error Low Disk Space
may occur, and then your program will not be
recorded. See "Changing Disk Allocation" on
page 112 for more information about fixing
When the drive is disconnected, the disk
allocation for Recorded TV shows reverts to
10%, and your recorded programs can be
lost if you have selected the Keep until
space is needed setting in My TV. See
"Changing Disk Allocation" on page 112 for
more information about changing the
If you disconnect the drive while live TV is
active, a video error can occur.
Recorded TV shows are not updated in Media
Center when the drive is removed.
The drive may be assigned a different drive
letter which prevents Media Center from
recognizing the recording path or the stored
Recorded TV files.
When you set the TV recording pathway to your
HP Personal Media Drive, Media Center stores the
recording buffer data for pausing live TV on your
drive. This means that if live TV is playing, you won't
be able to remove the drive safely.
To avoid this scenario, change the recording
pathway back to your local hard disk drive, and
then restart the HP Media Center PC before
disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive.
Using an HP Personal Media Drive