Hi @TonyL Youview boxes format the HDD using Linux partions. Apparently the new drive needs to be unformatted with no partitions before the box will accept it.You might find this post by @Stephen helpful:https://community.youview.com/youview/discussion/comment/18819149/#Comment_18819149 .The different brands of drive should be interchangeable, but as always with this type of stuff, try it and see. Early T1x00 Youview boxes had problems with failing capacitors, but I am not aware that T2100s are similarly affected.edit:The capacitor issues that T1x00 boxes suffered from were not those used in the PSU. They were the Sam Young branded ones in the main board. What is the brand of the capacitors in your T2100?
You don't necessarily need to be able to get into Maintenance Mode.If you box is working correctly it should recognise an unformatted drive and format it when you first switch it on.
You could try formatting whole drive & see if boot reads this on boot up. If not try partitioning the drive as per notes. Be interested to hear how you get on. John L
Thank you for reporting back @TonyL. A very interesting post. You've made good progress.I would be interested to know how you get on with your newly acquired box.Hi @John L I think that Huawei boxes behave differently from Humax boxes. There have been reports that Huawei boxes format a new disk to the same size as the original, and any extra space remains unallocated. They will accept pre-formatted disks, as described in the link that you posted.Humax boxes, however, will accept a larger disk than the original, and format and use the whole space.People have reported success putting an unformatted drive in a Humax box and letting the box do its stuff. Others, as @TonyL has reported, have needed to go into Maintenance Mode to achieve a result.
TonyL said:Hi, actually you have raised a good point that I never really thought of. Are you suggesting that although I have fitted a 1TB disk, it may not actually give me 1TB of actual storage ?. I guess there is no real way of telling at a glance as the disk storage availability is shown as a percentage used, and not as actual GB used/available. I'm sure I recall reading a post on here about similar issues or lack of info about the disk space?