Arlo|Smart Home Security|Wireless HD Security Cameras

VMB4500 won’t format USB drive. Says it needs to be formatted but errors out.

Reply
Discussion stats
  • 3 Replies
  • 119 Views
  • 0 Likes
  • 3 In Conversation
Highlighted
Sporcher Aspirant
Aspirant

This base station will not format USB drive to use for local storage. I formatted fat32 and still says it needs to be formatted but errors out. I see there is a firmware update for vmb4000 but not the 4500?!?

Model: VMB4500 | Arlo Pro/Pro2 Base Station
Sensei michaelkenward Sensei
Sensei

@Sporcher wrote:
This base station will not format USB drive to use for local storage.


What are you trying to format?

 

The size and type?

 

 


My Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2 (X2), Security Light, Ultra, Doorbell, Chime
Sporcher Aspirant
Aspirant

I tried it on a 2TB Seagate External Drive, A 5TB Seagate External Drive and 1 TB PNY Thumb Drive ... all failed with the message: Your USB device failed to format.


@michaelkenward wrote:

@Sporcher wrote:
This base station will not format USB drive to use for local storage.


What are you trying to format?

 

The size and type?

 

 


 

Model: VMB4500 | Arlo Pro/Pro2 Base Station
Guru StephenB Guru
Guru

@Sporcher wrote:

I tried it on a 2TB Seagate External Drive, A 5TB Seagate External Drive and 1 TB PNY Thumb Drive ... all failed with the message: Your USB device failed to format.

 


5 TB is not surprising - most operating system won't format drives > 2TB with FAT32.

 

What happens if you format the drives as FAT32 in a PC,  and then connect them to the base?