What happens to my Digital Video Recorder (DVR) recordings when the disc is full?
Once the hard drive is full, the oldest recording set to “Save Until Space Is Needed” will be deleted automatically. If all recordings are set to “Save Until I Delete,” the new scheduled recording will be cancelled. Because of this, it is best to periodically check your hard drive and upcoming recordings to manage your space.
You will receive a warning message. Your DVR will then proceed with the prearranged settings for your individual recordings.
When setting each recording (and series recording), there is a field called Save Until, where you can choose “Space Is Needed” or “I Delete.”
Approximate recording capacity:
- Analog TV shows (not digital) – Typically, analog cable channels are channels 2 through 47. This may vary depending on your cable system. Recording capacity is up to 50 hours.
- Digital TV shows – Typically, digital cable channels are channels 100 and above, but this varies depending on your cable system. Recording capacity is between 100 and 110 hours (example from DCT 6416 receiver).
- High Definition TV shows (HDTV) – Shows that are broadcast in HD may be recorded in the same format, provided your HD-DVR is connected to a high-definition television. Recording capacity is between 20 and 25 hours (example from DCT 6416 receiver.)