How to Format a HDD for the PlayerOne 8K

Modified on Tue, 26 Mar at 5:50 AM

You can format your hard drive directly from your player.

1. Go in "Explorer"

Press menu button on your remote and select "information".

Then select option "format disk"

Please note that HDD's larger than 16 TB cannot be formatted by the player.

How to format a HDD in NTFS (Windows procedure)

1. Connect your hard drive dock to a USB 3.0 port on your computer.

2. On the desktop of your computer, right-click the "This PC" icon and then click the "Manage" option.

3. In the Computer Management window, click "Disk Management".

4. Right click on the disk you want to format then click the "Add a simple Volume" option.

5. Select the option GPT. Then click on OK.

6. Then click on the following button several times until you reach the following screen:

Before you click Next, select the following options:
- File System: NTFS.
- Size of Allocation Unit: 64 KB.
- Enter a hard disk name in "Volume Name" .
- Select the Perform one Format.Then click on next.

7. Wait until the end of the procedure, then make sure that your hard disk is formatted correctly in NTFS.

8. Your hard drive is now ready to use. Remove the hard drive from the docking station and insert it into your R_volution. If it is an external hard drive, connect it to your R_volution player.

Warning! In some cases, hard disk drives formatted in multiple partitions may not be recognized by the R_volution  player. In this case, please format again your hard drive with a single primary (not logical) partition. Multiple partitions are not supported in SATA inside the R_volution.  DISKPART and other softwares do not display hidden partitions. If your drive is invisible in your R_volution, make sure that there is only one partition on the drive by using another format software.  

If it does not work, we suggest you format your drive in ExFAT with a single partition.

To format hard drives in ExFAT, we highly recommend Paragon Hard Disk Manager software:


You can also use the tool WD Drive Utilities for Windows (also available for MAC)

How to Format a Drive or Partition with the HFS+ File System (MAC procedure)

This brief guide will show you how to use Disk Utility to format a drive or partition with the HFS+ file system.

Launch Disk Utility by selecting Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility. Select the drive you want to format from the list on the left. Important: Make sure to select the correct drive. You do notwant to format the incorrect one, as formatting will erase all the data on that drive.

Click the Erase tab, and from the Volume Format: list, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Give the drive a name (in my example I named it MyDrive). When you’re ready, click the Erase… button.

You’ll be prompted with a confirmation screen. Click Erase.

The status of the format will be shown in the bottom of the Disk Utility window.

Once completed, your drive might be listed as MS-DOS (FAT), and it may not be named correctly. Ignore that.

If you select the partition itself (under the drive in the left column) you may notice that the name isn’t “correct” either. Ignore that too.

Your drive will appear on your desktop, named correctly . If you get the info on that drive (select the drive and click Apple Key + i) you’ll see that it’s formatted as HFS+.

  Multiple partitions are not supported in SATA inside the R_volution.  


Problem: 746.49 GB recognized only.
Solution 1: The issue can be solved by plugging the hard drive inside a PC and not in a USB enclosure.
Solution 2: The issue can be solved by using gparted and creating NTFS from this software on hiren's boot CD.
Solution 3: For its high capacity drives, Western Digital uses "Advanced Format Table". Please install a recent sata driver (iatacd) for full support of this kind of discs.
Solution 4: The Intel computer processors are using Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) for high capacity drives (4k sector disks). Intel deliver a specific procedure (click here to follow the procedure...). Follow the procedure and restart.
Solution 5: Western Digital provides a formatting utility specifically designed for hard drives: "Advanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility".
Solution 6: If your hard drive is equipped with "jumpers", place a jumper on pins 5-6 to activate the OPT1 mode and allow speeds of 1.5 Gb / s.
Solution 7: if you are using multiple partitions, remove the partitions to get only one single partition. Multiple partitions are not supported in SATA inside the R_volution.

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