How to Reformat a Drive in a Direct TV DVR

By Art Corvelay

Direct TV is a company that provides provides satellite television programming. With Direct TV, you can access, program and save television programs using a Direct TV DVR. These devices come with built-in hard drives that store the television shows and user settings. If you are experiencing problems with your Direct TV DVR, or simply want a fresh start with your DVR, you can reformat the hard drive. This will erase all data and settings on the drive and restore the DVR to factory default settings.

Step 1

Turn on both your Direct TV DVR and your television. You need to change settings on your DVR and view the changes on your television screen.

Step 2

Press the "Menu" button on your Direct TV remote control. This is located directly below the "Down" arrow on the remote.

Step 3

Select the "Reset" option from the list of menu options. Use the "Up" and "Down" arrows on the remote to select the option.

Step 4

Select "Clear and Delete Everything" from the "Reset" menu options. A warning appears indicating that all content will be removed.

Step 5

Press the "Down" arrow three times and then "Enter" on your remote to continue past the warning screen.

Allow the Direct TV DVR to reformat. Because the hard drive you are reformatting is relatively large, it may take a while to reformat the entire drive.