Affected Roles: Administrator, Owner
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps: DW Spectrum® IPVMS
Software Version: DW Spectrum® v3.2 or newer
Last Edit: May 27, 2021
On occasion, it may be beneficial to format the Hard Drive(s) of the DW Blackjack® MINI™. This action is typically performed as troubleshooting if the DW Blackjack® MINI™ has begun to experience issues with data corruption, storage failure, etc.
As the DW Blackjack® MINI™ is a “headless” server, meaning that there is no visual display connection for the unit, settings and system management must be performed through the device’s web client using a web browser.
This article will outline how to format the internal Hard Drive(s) of a DW Blackjack® MINI™ through the web client.
**IMPORTANT: Formatting a Hard Drive will result in the loss of all saved data on that drive. Regardless, keep in mind that this may still need to be done to resolve some storage issues.
To format the Hard Drive (HDD) of a DW Blackjack® MINI™:
Enter the IP Address and Port of the DW Blackjack® MINI™ using the following format to connect with the unit’s web client.
**NOTE: If you do not know the IP Address of the DW Blackjack® MINI™, you can use DW IP Finder™ or check in the DW Spectrum® Client to identify the address of the headless server. Otherwise, the default IP Address is 192.168.1.200
**NOTE: The login information for the DW Blackjack® MINI™ and DW Spectrum® IPVMS are two separate logins. Use the login for the DW Blackjack® MINI™ to access the settings of the device itself and not the video management software.
Locate and click the Format button.
Select “Maximum Capacity”, then enter the Administrator Password.
Click the Apply button to confirm.
Click the OK button to begin the HDD format.
Once the format has finished, a confirmation message will display.
Click the OK button to confirm and complete the HDD formatting process.
**NOTE: If you encounter a failure message during the formatting process, please stop all activity and restart the DW Blackjack® MINI™ before reattempting to format the HDD.