Definitely sounds like a Hard Drive issue Hopefully you can get past this one.
Here's some troubleshooting you could try after following the generic troubleshooting of rebooting the box. This troubleshooting involves formatting the hard-drive on the box which would cause you to lose any stored information.
For boxes with the older guide format
Press pause until Mail Icon flashes
Press page down once
Press list button 3 times
For boxes with the newer guide format
Press settings on your remote
Scroll down to Troubleshooting
Select Restore Factory Settings
If the above steps did not work you may need a new PVR, but the box can still be used as a HD Box.
Hope this helps Community, feel free to chime in with any other suggestions!
Thanks to both! Decided to get a Nextbox 3.0 and love the extra space and capabilities!! The old one definitely works as an HD box so hubby now gets all the sports channels that he can watch on the other tv so he is happy!
I bought my 8642 in 2011 (way out of warranty). I think the hard drive is dead (it won't let me record and says 0% used). I have looked at the message boards here, but there's nothing recent on models of hard drives that work. Has anyone replaced their hard drive lately? What model?
check out digitalhome.ca, in their rogers section. There are some guides/posts about the hard drive replacement.
Really you would have to double check what type of drive it is in there.. I beleive the 8642 uses SATA drives, which should make it a little easier.. You really just dont want a 'power saving' drive in it.. one that spins down too much.