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R15 300 hard drive swap/ghost/save!!!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Mike Holderfield, Feb 12, 2010.

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  1. Mike Holderfield

    Mike Holderfield New Member

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    A week ago my system started to reset to default settings. I managed to stop it before it reformatted the hard drive and losing all my data. However, now when I start the system, it tries to continue the task. I have since removed the drive in hopes of saving the data. I have replaced the drive with a pc drive but it did not work once the reformatting completed, it just loops back to the formatting step. I saw an earlier thread from Carl6 that talked about "ghosting" and thought this might be a solution to my problem. I would like more information about how to save my stuff. Thanks.
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    If the DVR is not working with a new drive in it, then it may have some other problem (drive controller for example).

    As to cloning the drive, I was able to do so using a unix dd copy. It took a long time, but it worked. There have been posts with other procedures for copying the drive, but all essentially involve a sector by sector copy (as opposed to a file copy), and may not succeed if the source drive is bad.

    Check in the HD receiver forum for threads about replacing/upgrading the hard drive. The basic procedure is the same, and there is a lot of information there.
     
  3. Mike Holderfield

    Mike Holderfield New Member

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    Carl, thank you for the info. This really is important due to the data in the disk. Would you consider contacting me via email to discuss further? - Thanks.
     
  4. CCarncross

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    Dont forget there's a good chance that if the drive is already bad, you wont be able to copy it anyway. Too often people want to back up a drive that has already failed....thats why DVR's are not meant to be permanent storage or archiving of anything important.
     
  5. Mike Holderfield

    Mike Holderfield New Member

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    No problem with the drive, just a screwup on my part that I am trying to salvage. Thanks for the heads-up however.
     
  6. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Mike,
    I don't object to contacting you directly, however I'm not sure that I can offer you any more information than you have already found, or can easily find, in these forums. I did this once, about 3 years ago, with a good R15 drive just to test. I've never tried to recover from a problem dvr or failing drive.

    If the DVR is the problem (possible based on your symptoms), there is no recovery. The drive (or a copy of it) will not give you access to the recordings in a different DVR.

    These two threads have way more information than I would be able to provide. Take a look at them if you have not already done so.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=148760
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=167440

    If that doesn't help and you have some specific question you don't want to post openly, then go ahead and send me a PM through dbstalk.

    Carl
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    He probably don't aware of standard IT rule - check the disk first, then try to recover data.
     
  8. Mike Holderfield

    Mike Holderfield New Member

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    No, I'm afraid it's much worse than that! I am a software guy who knows enough about hardware IT to get me this deep in trouble. Thanks guys, I will keep reading and following your suggestions until something clicks!
     
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Anyway, start from MHDD tests. Download ISO, burn CD, connect only the drive to PC and boot from the CD.
     
  10. The Merg

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