Sony HDR-XR260VE - downloading to a portable hard disc

I have to retract my earlier rant about being able to download to an external portable hard drive only once. It is partially true. I took another look at the user manual and realised that the copy function can also be used to copy selected videos to an external hard drive. On connecting the external hard drive to the camera the automatic reformatting still occurs and if a video has already been automatically downloaded the camera then displays a message "No Images". From here select the X and then select the Menu, followed by the Edit/Copy function. After that select the Copy function and follow the prompts. This allows individual videos and photos to be selected and copied to the external hard drive.