When you install the hard drive on a Dahua NVR (or DVR) it’s necessary to format the hard drive otherwise the recorder may not be able to store the footage. Follow the steps as shown below.

1. Right click and go to Main Menu, select Storage.

How to format the HDD on Dahua recorders

2. On the left side, select HDD Manage.

How to format the HDD on Dahua recorders

3. Choose the HDD to format. In this case we have only one hard drive installed on the recorder.

How to format the HDD on Dahua recorders

4. Select Format.

How to format the HDD on Dahua recorders

5. Select “Yes” to verify whether you want to format the selected hard drive.

How to format the HDD on Dahua recorders

6. Click Apply and then Save. The recorder will reboot after the changes are made.

How to format the HDD on Dahua recorders

The correct settings of the hard drive should be:
Type: Read-Write
Status: Normal
Remain/Total: This shows the size of your hard drive.