This model has an 80GB hard drive, analog tuners, circa Files attached. User manual for the device RCA DRCN. Online user manual database. Manuals and user guide free PDF downloads for RCA DRCN.

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Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last Jump to page: Results 1 to 30 of Mine has a corrupted recording that is not visible in the library, but is taking up space.

Are there any special codes to reach a menu for formatting the drive? The toll free number on the unit is no help at all. I know that if you upgrade the HD, the system will prompt you to format the new dirve. There must be a way to bring this menu up. Thanks for any help. While the Manual does not mention it this function in Tools will not only erase the entire HDD but will also Format it. I could not find a manual to download, but did find others users that say the manual sucks.

Yes, the manual is useless for this situation.

This morning, I noticed that I’ve lost even more space. I’m down to just 7 hours available when there is nothing mnaual in the library. I called tech support again, but he only gave me the same suggestions as the girl from mabual Friday. His solution is to send me a prepaid shipping label for me to return the unit.

They will then send out a new one. I remember on the older ReplayTV units, there was a combination of keys to enter on the remote to access special options. The problem has solved itself.

I had no recordings showing in the library, but only had 7 hours of available recording time there should be about 21 hours. So I decided to let it record and fill the available space. I checked it later that day and it seemed to be still recording even though the free space was zero. I stopped the recording and looked at the library.

How to reformat a RCA DRCN 80GB Recorder – VideoHelp Forum

Instead of seeing one event, there were five. They were random old recordings going back several weeks. After deleting them, I had all of the missing space back. Thought I’d post this in case it might be useful to anyone else with this problem. I am having the same problem with drive space. I should have hours available. Nothing is showing in the Library but I only have 23 hours available.

I have let the drive run out of space but it seems it just makes the problem worse. Please post if anyone comes up with an answer. Since getting the missing space back I purchased a GB hard drive and installed it. When you install a new drive, the unit will prompt you to format the drive. This seems to be the only way to access the format menu.


If you remove the drive and connect it to your computer and delete the partition s on it and then replace it in the DVR, it should bring up the format option. That is what I was going to do until the problem resolved itself.

My problem of disappearing space seemed to happen after I let the drive run out of space during a recording. A message was displayed saying the there was no free space and that my current recording may be corrupt. Did you have a similar issue? I don’t recall it saying anything about being corrupt but I do remember the message about the tape stopping because it was out of space.

RCA DRC8030N DVD Recorder User Manual

However, I think the loss of space began prior to my running out of space in the middle of the recording. Thanks for the help. I will try the removal and reformat thing. Let’s hope it works!! I googled the model and ended up here. Took some and advice but, recording ’til space ran out didn’t work. I ended up opening the player up, disconnecting the hd plugging it back up then turning it off again then reconnecting the hd. I just bumped into this drc8030nn and maybe it is too late to post but here it goes for future references.

It will do this for about 5 seconds and voila, you are back in business. Keep in mind that by doing the following you will loose all your saved info like saved titles and such. I hope this helps. I am glad that my info. I wis I read this before. I bought this at Walmart 2 years back. I had a timer for recording my favorite show.

When I went for vacation I did not switch off the timer. It ran out of space. Not able to delete anything. Manul would say deleted but will not delete anything. Had to pay shipping and return shipping even within warrenty.

I would never buy RCA ever. They did not have a clue how to fix this. Called me and offered Samsung DVD recorder as replacement.

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I declined as I needed hard drive recorder. Then almost when the warrenty was ending they returned the unit. I called them and they said I have to pay shipping and return shipping again.

I gave up and used this as just dvd player. I could not sleep tonight as I got a drcc8030n cold. Searched and first link brought me here.

I did switched off, then held start and open close together for 5 seconds. Works perfect as when it was new. It is always great to hear that this info has helped someone one way or the other. Would you consider buying us a couple of mqnual tickets next time you get a heavy cold?


Thanks for sharing your experience and your comments. I tried your solution and it worked. Now, do you have any information regarding different types of media for burning on the rca?

It used to work fine using rw’s but now they don’t want to burn correctly. What type of media do you use to burn with? DVD burners may also be picky on the brand. Once you pick one that works, stick with it. Also, after time, the laser lens may become dirty or foggy so a uselful mmanual maintenance chore would be to open the sucker up and swab the lens with iso alcohol every year or so. Thanks for the message mnaual I hope this helps. Thanks for the quick reply.

I will clean the lens and get back to you in a couple of days to kanual you know the results. Well, this machine is driving me crazy. It did burn ok however the dvd would not play in my computer but would play in another dvd player. Today I tried the same brand from drc800n same package and the burner would format the disc but then say disc problem when I tried to burn. When I tried dvd-rw it will burn but will mqnual fialize.

I’m going insane trying drf8030n figure out exactly what is wrong. Memorex is not a good brand of blanks. Howdy; I have had sort of the same problem. After burning one I shut down the RCA and went about editing the dvd on the computer. The next day I set about starting on the others and four of them were no longer in the library but those hours were still taken from my disc space. Anyway I went ahead and did the remaining title and deleted it.

The next day when I turned the RCA on again those four titles were back but when I try to burn them to a dvd if I select copy to disc I get disc error or if I select export it shows no space available on the dvd.

I recorded another program just to see if I could burn that on the same dvd and all was fine. I can watch the four programs in dcr8030n I just can’t burn them to a dvd.

I even “split” the commecials out of one on the RCA hard drive itself and tried and still get the same error.