File Transfer

Transferring files from the Humax FOXSAT-HDR

foxsathdrConnecting external USB devices to Foxsat HDR Transferring files from the Humax FOXSAT-HDR is not an easy, the HDR uses a Linux system and does not recognise NTFS, only FAT 16/32 and Linux EXT2 and Devices formatted in NTFS will encounter an error message: ‘error message’ – Foxsat does not recognise the USB device please reformat to FAT 16/32. Though hard drives can be formatted up to 1Tb in FAT 32, the Humax PVR will not allow you to transfer files larger than 4GB.

Humax has responded to this problem: “Drivers do exist for the type of operating system used in the Humax Foxsat range, but the NTFS file system is the intellectual property of Microsoft and does not offer the level of support and reliability that Humax demands for its products. The drivers for the FAT, however, are well established and can be easily and reliably supported.
The one limitation of FAT32 is that it is unable to store files larger than 4GB.

This means that longer programmes are often too big to be copied, which we appreciate is disappointing for some users. Humax monitors user feedback to inform future product and software updates where resources permit.
The solution is to use a hard drive formatted in the Linux file system EXT3.



Formatting the Hard Drive to EXT3
There are a couple of options available to format the hard drive:

Paragon Partition Manager (Commercial)
Partition Manager is the best tool available, it provides flawless partitioning operations of all kind: resize, merge, split partitions and redistribute free space, initiate new hard drive, convert to different file systems and much more. Create, format, delete, undelete, hide or unhide partition; set partition active/inactive; set, change or remove drive letter; change hard disk partition label (Volume Label); convert file systems; check file system integrity; run the complete surface test.

Resize or merge partitions without data loss; Hot Resize – enlarge NTFS partitions without rebooting Windows; simple installation of new OS; redistribute free space; convert Primary partition to Logical and vice versa; Update Master Boot Record (MBR). This software is not free, however, it works well and is probably the easiest way to format and partition hard drives.


EaseUs Partition Master Home Edition (Freeware)
EaseUs Part ion Master Home Edition, will create, format, delete, resize, move, merge, split, convert, and wipe partitions, as well as hide, unhide, and make them active or inactive. The programme supports NTFS, FAT32 and Linux EXT2 and EXT3.


GParted “Live” CD (Freeware)
GParted is a cool free utility to partition and format drives to a variety of file systems. GParted is a ‘live’ CD. What that means is, you boot into gparted from either a PC or a Mac and gparted runs entirely off your cd rom drive without using your hard drive. Nothing changes once you boot back to Windows or OS X, gparted is Mac­book friendly.



Viewing files on the Hard Drive
DiskInternals Linux Reader (Freeware)
DiskInternals Linux Reader is a newly developed software tool for providing access to Linux file systems under Windows. You can use it whenever you want: the program is 100% free. It lets you use a familiar ambience of Windows Explorer for extracting information from Ext2/Ext3 file systems. The only type of access possible here is read-only mode. It prevents you from interference with Linux and guarantees stable work of your OS.

There are a number of evident merits of the programme. First of all, DiskInternals Linux Reader is absolutely free. Secondly, the programme provides for read-only access and does not allow you to make records in Ext2/Ext3 file system partitions. This guarantees that the interference in an alternative file system will not affect the work of Linux later.

Apart from this, it is necessary to note, that it gives you an opportunity to use common Windows Explorer for extracting data. A preview option for pictures is one more point, which is worth mentioning. While saving, it ignores file security policies.

It means that it is possible to access absolutely any file on a Linux disk from Windows. The program can create and open images of Ext2/Ext3 disks.

Ext2 Installable File System For Windows (Freeware)
The Ext2 Installable File System For Windows provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/ with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access). This may be useful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer. The “Ext2 Installable File System for Windows” software is freeware. Linux Ext3 volumes can also be accessed.

Explore2fs (Freeware)
Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 file systems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 file system.


Converting files to DVD Super (Freeware)
SUPER © Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. A GUI to FFmpeg, MEncoder, MPlayer, x264, ffmpeg2theora, MusePack, Monkey’s audio, Shorten audio, TAK audio, True Audio, WavPack, the libavcodec library & the theora/vorbis RealProducer’s plugIn.

If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need. It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click. Files from the Humax FOXSAT-HDR hard drive can be converted to DVD format using SUPER, DVB subtitles will be lost.


HDTVtoMPEG (Freeware)
HDTVtoMPEG converts HDTV MPEG2 transport stream files(.ts) to standard MPEG2 video files playable (mostly) by media player, many software DVD player programs, and readable by video converters. Join several ts to one ts.

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