DN-HD2500 Hard Drive Replacement /Re-formatting Problem


Greetings from NYC, After many years of faithful service, the hard drive on my unit is starting to go. I’m not quite ready to get rid of the unit just yet, so I went ahead purchased the recommended hard drive to replace the original one. I updated the latest firmware on the unit as recommended and at this point the unit is not connected to my lap top. The problem begins when I’m trying to format the new hard drive.

I successfully follow the steps into UTILITY MODE, the PARAMETERS knob allows me to scroll to INITIALIZATION MODE, but when I press the knob to go into FORMAT MODE nothing happens and cannot get past this point.

Any ideas?

Many thanks!


the hard drive trays on ALL of the 2500’s start to fail after about 2 years of heavy use (or longer for light use), this is the number one fault with these players, i use the 2500’s all the time but ONLY with a quality powered usb hub and fast Sandisk USB sticks (128GB is my favourite size). Go into the options on your players and set to boot up to the USB on each, set up your playlists with (I start with Winamp and save playlist file) then import playlist into Denon music manager, works perfectly this way and you never have to worry about hard drive tray issues.
Temporary fix with trays is to turn off unit, unscrew and slide out tray (half way is fine) then slide back in, power up and it will work for several bootups until it happens again. Transfer everything onto a 128GB Sandisk USB stick and you are on a winner. I have been using my 2500’s for many years now every week.


Hi DJMITCH, Thanks for the info. It’s unfortunate, I’ve been a long time Denon user and own several pieces made by them with relatively no issues. I’ve recently switched to using Traktor s4, but wanted to still use my Denon system. I’ll consider your suggestion.

Thanks again,