How To Reformat your Compact Flash Card for HD Binloop or Digital Video Machine (DVM8500)

After years of playing the same clip over and over, the compact flash card’s memory banks may become corrupt in the HD Binloop. This is normal, and happens with all types of digital storage systems. Windows has a process of cleaning this up called “reformatting” built into its operating system. If you see a video freeze or a ReproHD2 LED is flashing red, you can take the following steps to resolve the issue by re-formatting the specific compact flash card found in each of the HD Binloop’s slots.


Things you will need:

  1. Windows Computer
  2. Compact Flash card reader (compact flash card to USB adapter)


Step 1: Take out the compact flash card from the HD Binloop slot that is having an issue. (The slot’s LED will probably be flashing red if it is frozen.)

To do this, press the black button in the HD Binloop slot that you would like to remove the compact flash card from. The Compact Flash card will then be pushed out - so you can gently pull it out.


Step 2: Connect the compact flash card to a Windows computer. You will probably need a compact flash card to USB adapter.


Step 3: Open the compact flash card folder in Windows just as you would any other external drive. Inside the folder, you should see your video files. YOU MUST MAKE A COPY OF YOUR DATA. When you reformat the compact flash card, you will lose all of the data on the compact flash card. You will need a copy of the videos to your desktop or another drive so you can put them on the flash card again once it has been fully reformatted.


Step 4: After you have successfully made a copy of your video files, right click the compact flash card folder in Windows. Then click the “Format” button.


Step 5: Enter the following data on the next screen:

Capacity: Keep as is. This might be different depending upon the size of the compact flash card.

File System: FAT32

Allocation Unit Size: 32 kilobytes

Then, un-check the Quick Format Box and Click “Start”

It will take about 5 minutes or so to reformat the compact flash card.

NOTE: Windows has an artificial limit of 32GB as the max size compact flash card you can format in FAT32. Thus, if you are needing to format a 64GB or 128GB compact flash card, you must use a third party app - such as this free FAT32 Format Tool:

If using that tool, remember to still select an allocation size of 32768 (32 kilobytes).

Step 6: Once the card has been reformatted, drag and drop your video files back into the compact flash card folder. Do not rename the video files at all.


Step 7: Eject the compact flash card safely from your computer.


Step 8: Insert the compact flash card back into the HD Binloop slot. After it is successfully slid in the slot, that slot’s LED will briefly flash green letting you know you inserted the card correctly.


Then, trigger the video to start playing and see if that fixes your playback problem.

If the specific ReproHD2 slot is still frozen, just reboot the HD Binloop by turning it off then on again.

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