SERVICE: Re-formatting the Ram or Flash drive in the PM3000

Article ID: 110113sab
Last Reviewed: May 15, 2012

The information in this article applies to:

  • Ranger Power Master PM3000.
  • Ranger Power Master PM2000.
  • Ranger Power Master PM1000.

Target Audience.

This article is aimed at:

  • Qualified Service Personnel and Advanced users of the Ranger Product Line.

Summary.

The PM3000, PM2000 and PM1000 are provided with an internal RAM drive of 1 MByte.
This application note details the process required to reformat this drive.
These instructions are for the PM3000, the PM2000 and PM1000 may differ very slightly.
A PM3000 with the memory upgrade (4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 MB) use an internal Flash drive, however, the re-format instructions are unchanged.

Precautions.

A re-format of  the internal drive will erase recorded data and any other files. Please ensure any important data present on the drive is saved before the drive is re-formated.
You may use Pronto to download recorded data and PmFiles to save any user configurations (see APPNOTE: Get started using PmFiles.exe the Ranger file manager).

To re-format the Ram or Flash drive.

Follow these steps:
1)    Connect to the Logger using TermView (see APPNOTE: Get started using TermView.exe, the Ranger text terminal utility )
2)    At the prompt enter the command:
PM3000> REFORMAT <safetycode>
where <safetycode> is the “command protection safety code” (if you are not aware how to obtain the safety code for a particular Logger please contact your distributor).

The PM3000 will produce the following output.

PM3000> reformat XXXXXXXX
PM3000>

References

APPNOTE: Utilities Installed with Pronto for Windows.