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How To: Copy and Replace Internal Hard Drive

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by marty45714, Sep 25, 2007.

I know that If I open my HR20 DVR

  1. I will void the remaining warrany and will violate the lease agreement if I do not own it.

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  2. I am not going to open my HR20 DVR.

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  1. ntrance

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    Did you actually verify that a copy using Acronis was successful? As far as I can tell, no one else had success using that software. Also, were you able to try the Sourceforge iso to know whether or not it worked as well?
     
  2. mcmattyo

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    I was hoping I could get some help here. I replaced my HR20 hd with a 1 tb drive and would like to use the old 320 hr drive in my computer. Does anyone know a simple way of formatting drive with windows so I can use it? I am thinking linux is preventing my computer from viewing drive. I have an external hd shell. Thanks for any help.
     
  3. ntrance

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    That's the same issue SepticDeath was dealing with a few posts above, the power-up in standby feature on the drive. He was able to disable that feature using hdat2. I believe the Sourceforge iso I linked would do the same same thing, but I haven't tried either solution personally.
     
  4. mcmattyo

    mcmattyo AllStar

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    I was wondering if you could give me any pointers since I am not that experienced. I have tried to do this but I can't figure out the (spin up) command. When exactly do I enter it. When I boot hdat2 it just asks me to choose from the 4 options as far as drivers I think and then it takes me to the menu screen to choose to run either..HDAT2, HDAT2D.. and so on. when I choose HDAT2 my drive is not in there. Thanks for any help I appreciate it.
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I think this off-topic drift already lost connection to main task of the thread - Copy/Replace HDD inside DTV DVR - and desire own thread;
    since it directing to OPPOSITE goal - using the HDDs in PC, not for DVR after FW mods.
     
  6. eric99

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    I have an HR21-700, which I think only has a 320GB hdd. I want to avoid all of the issues associated with trying to copy the existing hard drive. So my plan is to just replace the drive with a larger one. As I understand the procedure, all I need to do is unplug the DVR, open the case, remove the present drive, install the new drive, put the case back together, power up, and I should be good to go. Is this correct? If so, where does the DVR, get the data to format and program the drive? Is the procedure really this easy? I know I will need two torx screw drivers. Will I also need one of those security type torx drives with the hole in the middle?

    I am looking at a Seagate 1TB drive. Seagate has two versions. One costs about $100 and the other one about $150. The more expensive drive is specifically made for servers and DVRs that run all the time. Is it really worth the extra money?
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Please, you're posting OFF-TOPIC; we have a lot of threads here dedicated to REPLACING disk inside of DVR.
    Just search and read it.
     
  8. davewolfs

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    Any reason why I cant use a 1.5TB drive?
     
  9. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    None that I'm aware of, go for it! I was planning on doing this very thing over the holidays.
     
  10. dixoncider

    dixoncider AllStar

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    what if you don't want to copy the old one due to failure?
     
  11. ntrance

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    Try copying the old drive anyway. Depending on how bad the failure was, it may work. If not, you haven't lost anything, since you were prepared to start over anyway.
     
  12. davewolfs

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    I'm a little confused about this process, is there any advantage of replacing the external drive vs using the eSata connection?
     
  13. russdog

    russdog Godfather

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    Less clutter on your shelf.
    One less thing to plug in.
    Um, that's about it AFAIK.
     
  14. davewolfs

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    Sorry if this has been answered, but if for some reason my HR-20 ever decides to go south after performing this procedure what will DTV do when I try to have the unit replaced? Will doing this prevent me from having DTV service my unit for free?

    I'd like to do this if possible.

    One question regarding the instructions, what is the significance of performing the "graceful" shutdown? I found this part of the instructions a little confusing. If I simply plug in the drive so that it is formatted using the old method and power down the device normally would this be considered a graceful shutdown?
     
  15. russdog

    russdog Godfather

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    Opinion wars, here we come...

    People get heated about this issue.
    Some folks say you're violating your lease, voiding your warranty, and molesting the neighborhood children if you do this.
    Other folks say "Who cares? They'll never know."
    Personally, I have no opinion about this. (I use an eSATA enclosure.)
     
  16. davewolfs

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    Not trying to start a war in the thread and I know that replacing a hard drive shouldn't have any negative impact on the unit, my question simply is what will happen if for some reason my HR-20 ever failed, I slam back in the old drive and call DTV, how would they handle this?
     
  17. mike2859

    mike2859 New Member

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    I am trying to upgrade my HR20-700 with a larger HD.
    I followed all of the steps as outlined and got an incomplete error after about 2 hours.
    I rebooted and started over with the linux commabds.
    sudo su root etc.
    When I got to: mount -t -xfs -o rtdev=/dev/sdb3 /dev/sdb2 /mnt/fap
    I get the following error "mount special device /dev/sdb2 does not exist."

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  18. RandCfilm

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    A non graceful shutdown will give you an error when you try to mount the drive. Something about "bad superblock" I believe. Use the menu to restart the receiver, when the lights go out on the receiver pull the power plug to ensure a graceful shutdown.
     
  19. RandCfilm

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    run fdisk -l from the command prompt. It will list the drives and their placement within your system. Just to make sure you are not trying to mount a different drive than what you think you are.
     
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    davewolfs

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    Where in the receiver menu is the restart option? Do you mean to press the red button?
     
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