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Hr20 hard drive question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by parenaj22, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. parenaj22

    parenaj22 New Member

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    is there any way to use my old hd for my pc. old hard drive meaning i have upgraded from 320 to 500 and i could use the space in my pc im running windows thanks
     
  2. Koz

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    Sure, if you have an open SATA port. Just plug it in, format it, and off you go.
     
  3. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    My only concern is that unless you have an owned (NOT leased) box, Directv might have something to say about you meddling with the innards of their box. Just my tuppence of course.
     
  4. parenaj22

    parenaj22 New Member

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    i have plugged it in and windows will not boot i have also tryed plugging it in after windows boot the hd does not show up anyware then i went to addhardware and it was found buy when i try to add my pc shuts down and wont boot until i unhook the sata what am i doing wrong please help.
     
  5. houskamp

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    Heard some reports that in a PC it is slow to start and therefore doesn't always show up..
     
  6. Koz

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    Hmm... That's over my head. I just know it's an off the shelf SATA drive and theoretically should work.
     
  7. mikek

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    I doubt you will get it to work. Dont waste your time. I already wasted enough for both of us. The HDD from the HR20-100 needs a spin-up command from the HR20.

    You would have to load a new firmware on it and I haven't been able to do that.

    The only thing I was able to do was to let the HDD spin up while the sata cable was attached to the HR20. You can then attach it to your computer's sata. You can then access the HDD, but the only way to get it to spin up is to have it attached to the HR20.

    I had the power connected to it from a separate source so I was able to keep it spinning while I rebooted the computer. Once it spins up the first time and you keep it going you don't need it attached to an HR20.

    If you figure a way around it let me know. I just recently had a thread about this same topic.

    -mk
     
  8. flipptyfloppity

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  9. mikek

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    No jumper settings work. Nothing that I have found can get this HDD to spin-up except an HR20.
     
  10. houskamp

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    have you tried delayed start in pc bios?
     
  11. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    A quick reminder, it's against your lease agreement to open your case or change out your hard drive. It's also against the rules to try to hack the data on a hard drive you removed from an HR20.

    We frown on "hacking" talk here.
     
  12. mikek

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    No. I gave up, but that sounds interesting.

    Would the PC give it the same spin-up command as the HR20?

    -mk
     
  13. houskamp

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    don't know.. all I know is I remember seeing that in a bios.. but would assume that it would be a standard.. problably not worth the effort tho.. 300 gig drive is cheap..
     
  14. mikek

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    Yup, you're right. While I was messing with this thing. I was thinking: "Why am I wasting my time with this thing. I could just go buy a new one cheap and forget about it and leave it in this drawer."

    Guess I got that disease.

    -mk
     
  15. cartrivision

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    Re-read the first post. That ship has sailed. The question at hand was if the disk that is no longer in the DVR could be used in a computer.
     
  16. ccr1958

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    i wonder if this product might work..

    http://www.spotmau.com/products/pac...age/full.htm?gclid=CI7Jo7eJmI8CFREDWAodgD8BfQ

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    (Hard Disk Tools)

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    WOW!

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  17. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    I read the first post the first time, thanks. Now re-read mine. So long as your box is leased, Directv might want that ship to return to port . . . :lol:
     
  18. dxdenis02

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    to the OP...there are no jumpers for SATA drives.... for master/slave.... what you need to do is format your drives.... install your SATA drive... do start --> control panel-->performance and maintenance-->admin tools-->computer management-->storage-->disk management... now locate your new drive..right click assign a drive letter and format... and your done...... now if you ever have to return your box to DTV ... reinstall your 320gb back into the hr20 and it will re-formate it and your back to factory stock...

    note: always wear an ESD wrist strap grounded to an unpainted surface on the chassis of your PC. ESD straps are available at most computer or electrical supply stores.. in addition use ESD safe tools where practical

    -- Avoid carpets in cool, dry areas. Leave PC cards and memory modules in their anti-static packaging until ready to be installed.
    -- Dissipate static electricity before handling any system components (PC cards, memory modules) by touching a grounded metal object, such as the system unit unpainted metal chassis.
    -- Always hold a PC card or memory module by its edges. Avoid touching the contacts and components on the memory module.
    -- Take care when connecting or disconnecting cables. A damaged cable can cause a short in the electrical circuit.
    -- Prevent damage to the connectors by aligning connector pins before you connect the cable. Misaligned connector pins can cause damage to system components at power-on.
    -- When disconnecting a cable, always pull on the cable connector or strain-relief loop, not on the cable itself.
     
  19. ebr

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    This whole endeavor is a little silly, IMO, given the price of disc storage these days.

    On your "no harm, no foul" comment - well, yeah, maybe until someone not as skilled as you tries it and fries the hard drive (drops it, hits it with a static charge, breaks a pin off trying to force a cable on the wrong way, whatever) or the machine (oops, that screwdriver just slipped...). Now you've destroyed equipment you don't own. I know not many people out here would feel much remorse for that because, well "D* is a big company and, screw them" seems to be the American attitude but...

    And, if you insist on deliberately breaking a legal agreement you have with said "big company" you might not want to brag about it in a public forum that is closely watched by the same entity.

    Just my opinion.
     
  20. CCarncross

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