Many DVRs don't take a PC formatted drive. We do that in the service depot or if the DVR accepts drives, it's in a menu.
But all that you put here and you missed the detail that folk can use. Make, model?
Now that I seem to have wiped my (IDE)hard drive with DBAN...I need to get my DVR, to recognize it. First I need to get a look at it, and try formatting it to NTFS. So far, its no go, trying straight from DBAN erase, then into the DVR. I have 2 computers at my disposal. One is the old computer, the erased drive came from(also IDE plarform) that now has no hard drive or OS. The other, is a newer working computer(SATA platform). I am now trying to read the IDE(erased drive) with my SATA computer that is fully functional.
I got a cable that plugs into the USB drive of the SATA computer, and then has a plug to fit the IDE connection on the erased drive. I then powered the tethered drive, from the old computer power supply beside it. Ugly, but best I can do under the circumstance. The drive on the end of the cable runs, and shows up on the SATA computer, under device manager. It does not show up under "Computer" or in Windows Explorer menu. I ran HP diagnostics(PC doctor) and notification came up that SATA disc management or something; could not recognize the drive firmware. It allowed me to run a test from the notification window on the erased drive; and it failed pretty quick. Perhaps DBAN erased the firmware, and I need to re-instal the firmware? When I looked under the drive properties in device manager; there was no firmware showing in the box next to firmware. This is why I am thinking firmware. I have the discs for the drive I am working with; but nothing seems to want to install anywhere. Neither the working computer, or the tethered drive.
I went to Western digital sight, searched the drive model number; and can't seem to find anything that looks like a firmware update, or firmware. I might just be too dumb to figure out the sight. Maybe I am completely off track here. Any ideas how to get this erased drive recognized, so I may attempt to format it, and or, scan it. I suspect if I can get it recognized by my working computer and format it FTSC; I can get the DVR to recognize it. Please help. Any ideas here. Anyone who has used a tether across platforms like this. I don't have another IDE computer with drive and operating system; or I would put the erased drive on there. I am stuck with the old computer drive(IDE) and New computer(SATA). I don't have another IDE drive to put the OS on, and run the old computer. Or I would not be working across platforms.
The one other long shot, is trying to put the old DVR hard rive that still seems to work, in with the erased drive I am trying to format; and see if the DVR might erase and format them both. This probably won't work if firmware is missing either. Does DBAN wipe the firmware?