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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. flipptyfloppity

    flipptyfloppity New Member

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    Well, it's the SET FEATURES ATA command then. Function code 06h allows you to enable power up in standby (not spinning up on power connect) capability. Function code 07h spins the drive up if it is not spinning. Function code 86h disables power up in standby.

    Interesting. I could write a tool to send a start or disable command to it, put it on a CD-ROM to boot and then ZZZZzzzzz....

    Oh pardon me, I lost interest, because it's far from worth it. Heck, I have 400GB SATA drive just sitting on my desk because I'm not using it anymore. Putting myself out to much to make a 320GB drive work when I can find a deal on one for $50 without much difficulty on fatwallet seems like a waste of time.

    To those complaining about us even talking about ithis, it's not hacking talk to try to format a hard drive and store new stuff on it. And as to his lease agreement, for all we know, he bought it (it is possible to buy them, although it isn't usually prudent).
     
  2. dxdenis02

    dxdenis02 Cool Member

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    +1
     
  3. Tiebmbr

    Tiebmbr Godfather

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    No, but what we're talking about (if in fact the lease agreement is broken) is an $800+ 300G drive. Ain't worth it.
     
  4. mikek

    mikek Godfather

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    Do you have an HR20-100 or -700?

    -mk
     
  5. ecr72

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    Almost every thread about swapping the drive out of an HR20 ends up with someone giving a lecture on breaking the lease, possibly destroying equipment that is not owned or how the cost of replacement is not worth it when eSata is available. It's really funny in this thread where the OP already swapped his out. It's like beating a dead horse here.

    My suggestion to the OP is to just leave the 320G drive in an anti-static bag so down the road when you leave D* or upgrade to a new DVR, just swap it back in. No harm, no foul. Easy guys, he's already performed the swap once so he's skilled enough to do it again without all hell breaking loose.
     
  6. cartrivision

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    As I said that ship has sailed. The terms of his lease have already been broken, and nothing in your post would help him change that, or help him do what he was asking about in his post, but it could be helpful to expand on your post by adding that it might be a good idea to keep the original (removed) disk around instead of using it in a computer because if he ever needs to send his DVR back to D*, he'll probably want to put the original disk back in before sending it back so that D* doesn’t see the foreign disk in the returned DVR and ping him for violating his lease terms.
     
  7. dhhaines

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    I've always been curious as to what the difference is between a consumer doing this and sending it off to WeeKnees. Wouldn't both break the "lease"? And if so how does WeeKnees do it without some lawyer showing up at their door??

    And as long as Directv gets it back in working order, why would they even care if you opened it??
     
  8. dxdenis02

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    i have a hr20-100.... the procedure i outlined will work with either -100 or -700 as it done in win xp

    in my owned hr20-100 i have install a blank 1TB drive and the hr20 formated it properly

    disclaimer: the information provided is for educational purposes only
     
  9. dxdenis02

    dxdenis02 Cool Member

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    thank you ....
     
  10. ebr

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    I pilotely disagree with the dead horse issue. Yes, it is a "sailed ship" for the poster in this thread. However, this thread will be read by many and if no one brought that issue up someone might read it and think its perfectly kosher to do such procedures when, in fact, it is a blatant disregard for a legal contract to which you agreed (implicitly).

    Now, if knowing this one decides to do it anyway, I don't really care. Its no skin off my nose so knock yourself out. I just think it should be known that this is what is happening. That's all I'll say on the matter since it is already out there.
     
  11. ecr72

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    It was brought up in post #11 by Stuart Sweet. He typically chimes in first with a reminder that it's against the lease agreement to open the case or swap out the hard drive whenever the subject comes up. That's totally cool. Chiming in hours later with a rant full of what-ifs and commentary about the American attitude toward a big company like D* is beating a dead horse.
     
  12. mikek

    mikek Godfather

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    I don't think directv cares if you open up the box. They purposely made it easy to swap out hard drives. This box is really very upgrade friendly. You don't even have to load any software. The damn thing does it for you.

    I'm sure they made the business decision to allow users to easily upgrade the hard drives. The lease agreement is there just to cover themselves.

    -mk
     
  13. jtn

    jtn Banned User

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    computer, the pc will reformat it with the operating system disk (i.e Windows Media Center, or XP Pro, XP Home, Vista). The nice thing with Windows Vista Home Premium (computers preloaded with Vista) computers is they come with a normal DVD copy without any third party software! I always couldn't stand it when the manufacturer of the PC would give you recovery media only.

    I'm sure your PC/MAC savvy and know how to format the hard drive for the appropriate platform.
     
  14. ebr

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    In practice you may be right as to worry about it too much probably doesn't make any business sense. However, just as a point of fact the lease agreement does explicitly deny you the right to do this:

    "You shall have no right to sell, give away, transfer, pledge, mortgage, remove, relocate, alter or tamper with the DIRECTV equipment at any time."

    It pretty much also denies you the right to look sideways at the thing which is probably why its taken pretty lightly.

    I shall try not to abuse this horse any further.
     
  15. ebr

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    Sorry, guess I had a bad day. The "entitlement" attitude of the avg person gets to me sometimes because I live in a community that has a lot of problems with that. Didn't mean to take it out on anyone else.

    Carry on.
     
  16. ecr72

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    No problem. I actually agree with you about the "entitlement attitude" but I don't really see it around here which is refreshing and why I was taken back by your comment.

    Nice home theater... all three of them. Your latest creation is pretty awesome.
     
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