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how can i use a directv HDD in my computer

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by cm0002, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. cm0002

    cm0002 New Member

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    i currently have a R22 dvr(that i own so im not breaking any lease agreements) that died but i would like to salvage the 320gb sata hard drive but when i put it in my computer it did not spin up i then tried it in another dvr and it spun up normally, whats going on and how do i fix it so it will work on my computer
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    The DVR formated is using Linux....you need to do a format using your OS on your computer....
     
  3. cm0002

    cm0002 New Member

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    i know im trying to do a format but when i plug it in it doesnt spin up and isnt detected by windows
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    You could try to go to the command prompt...then type format [letter name of drive]:

    Such as format z:
     
  5. cm0002

    cm0002 New Member

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    did as you said but it didnt work then tried to restart the computer with the drive plugged in and everything still didnt spin up
     
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    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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  7. matt

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    I don't know what formatting does, I just know I want to do it!

    Conveniently placed at the tail end of the article...
     
  8. cm0002

    cm0002 New Member

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    i followed the tutorial but neither install disk detected the hard drive, as i have said before it still doent spin/power up at all its like its not even there untill i put it in a dvr then it magically springs back to life
     
  9. davring

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    Sounds like it is not being fed power by your PC, check the harness to see if power is present.
     
  10. azarby

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    I know this may sound stupid, but did you connect the power cable. The SATA drive should at least spin up when you apply power.
     
  11. cm0002

    cm0002 New Member

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    i have tried a different sata drive from anther computer and it spun up just fine then plugged in the dvr hdd and it didnt spin up so its not the power cable thats the problem
     
  12. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Use Search with a keyword "hdparm -s0".
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    If you go to the website for the drive manufacturer..they will often have free drive utilities...which may help you with your format issue. Yopu can often drill down under downloads/support to the specific drive model.

    To add to your other item...formatting simply sets up the index and data on the drive so that the corresponding operating system used can recognize all the data sectors. Doing a format will erase any data in any form on the hard disk.

    After that....out of ideas for now...
     
  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Posted a few time how-to ...
     
  15. cm0002

    cm0002 New Member

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    i searched for hdparm -s0 but all that came up was this thread and a thread pn how to copy and replace the internal HDD, is this thread you want me to find
     
  16. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    yes
     
  17. cm0002

    cm0002 New Member

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    i followed the tutorial up to the point where i unplug the receiver and disconnect the hard drive i plug it in the computer gparted detects it and i format to ntfs but once i resart the computer it doesnt spin up and im back where i started
     
  18. RunnerFL

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    What's happening is that the drive is locked and won't spin up because it's not being powered up by your DVR. There is a way to unlock it, I've done it myself.

    In fact, here's the info I used:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=146017
     
  19. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Darn...that's the post I was trying to find....yup. That works. Also done it here.
     
  20. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Did you execute the cmd: hdparm -s0 ?
     

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