I have been having huge issues with my 605 wifi. Firmware version 2.1.04.
I have the same firmware and model. For nearly 3 years, I have had it with very few problems with having to reset it every once in a while -- never have had to format my drive.
It doesn`t matter which order or folder of files I start with, it always stops at about 80GB, so I know it is not corrupt fies....it is a hard drive issue. At this point, my files have been all dumped several times over. It also does not record properly at this point, and locks up in both instances. It stores Arc files from videos that I have removed after updating my Arc.I have manually removed them in Hard Drive mode on my PC.
Strange that you have this trouble when you exceed the 80 gb. Have you tried using chkdsk in windows? Have you checked the music tags on your files with a program such as MediaMonkey?
When it was completely reformatted the last time, It read that I have 152.3GB free space...is that normal for a 160 drive? I do have 3 plug-ins Cinema, Video Podcast & Web Browser.
This is expected; once the system files are loaded on the device, you don't usually get the full disk space on a formatted drive, due to hidden partion space and normal system file storage that takes up space. Also, the drive usually has a finite,total size in bytes, with is usually expressed as an "approximate" size in Gb's.
What are the normal files stored in the Program files of the hard drive?
I`d like to check them to see if I may have a bad file that shouldn`t be in there, because it seems to not update the Arc properly all of the time, even when I manually do it in Hard Drive mode.
The Archos doesn't use directories like Wndow's "program files". As I understand it, after you flash the Archos with the firmware update, probably done right after you had formatted your device, the system files are copied over, along with some basic directories. You would then need to download the missing stuff (such as wallpapers, pdf info files...) from the Archos website.
Is it possible the reformat and/or firmware update did not complete properly?