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Removing / Replacing / Copying Hard Drive of HR2* Receiver [Photo Tutorial]

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by clambert, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. CCarncross

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    Since the last NR went out, EARS drives should work fine now....they added support for the advanced format drives recently. WHich was the reason they didnt work in the 1st place.
     
  2. guins

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    First off thanks to the OP for his great instructions.

    Here is my experience replacing the original hard drive (350GB) with a WD20EVDS (2TB) in my HR21-700.

    It varied slightly from the directions since his was an HR20.

    1. 4 of the 5 T10 screws came out easily. The 5th one appeared to be a security T10, which I didn't have so i took my cordless drill and a drill bit and hollowed out the center of the screw head. Didn't take much effort until enough was removed that my regular T10 screwdriver would worked. Minor setback.

    2. Fortunately getting to the hard drive is much easier than these instructions indicated. No mounting tray or grounding wires, etc. Getting the faceplate off was easy too.

    3. I used GParted 0.4.6.1....why would you use anything else? It works...that's the goal!

    4. I thought I had performed the graceful shut down, but I got the superblock error. Thanks for posting the repair in this thread.

    5. It works better if you type the right Linux commands. Those are so easy to mess up. I admit I typed a few incorrectly.

    6. Also, I agree that the original post should include the progress updates to the copying process. Very nice.

    7. Copy process took ~103 minutes to my new 2TB drive.

    8. The old drive was very warm, the new green drive was very cool. So I guess my electric bill will also go down as a result. ;)
     
  3. wlpywd

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    I am ready to upgrade, but in gparted when I go 'gparted -> devices -> ' it shows my hard drives in the correct order, /dev/sda (1.82TiB) and /dev/sdb (298.09GiB), but in the window below, it shows 4 partitions:

    /Dev/sda1 unknown 128MiB
    /dev/sda2 unknown 518MiB
    /dev/sda3 Xfs 15.01GiB
    /dev/sda4 unknown 1.80TiB


    This is obviously different from the picture in the instructions. I am thinking its because my CD drive is also sata, the one with gparted booting from. Is that the sda1 128MiB partition? Is there a way to verify if this is the case, and what would I need to change in the commands to make it work right? Just up the 'sda's numbers by one? Or use the instructions still the same because the drives show up correctly under menu-gparted-devices? Or is that part of the drive I should be copying too?

    I am only just comfortable with Linux,don't quite understand the commands. Thank you for any assistance
     
  4. P Smith

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    You should start from concept of Linux naming, use Wiki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_file_system#Naming_conventions
     
  5. wlpywd

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    ok, so what is the first registered device in the mass storage driver list consisting of 128MiB? This would be my cd maybe,that gparted is running off of? the mass storage driver list in gparted's gui lists the first registered device as /dev/sda1 with an unknown file system flagged with msftres. none of the others have any flagged and the only one with a known file system is the third registered device,also a mass storage driver, with file system xfs and a size of 15.01GiB. does this mean the first registered device is also part of the DTV's harddrive that i am to copy? This is obviously different from the picture in the instructions. I am thinking its because my CD drive is also sata, the one with gparted booting from. Is there a way to verify if this is the case, and what would I need to change in the commands to make it work right? Just up the 'sda's numbers by one? Or use the instructions still the same because the drives show up correctly under menu-gparted-devices? Or is that part of the drive I should be copying too? and i already formatted via the hr21 and graceful power downed it.
     
  6. P Smith

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    Please check Wiki ..

    dev/sda is ONE device, /dev/sdb - other, etc; sda1, sda2, etc are partitions on SAME device.
     
  7. wlpywd

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    Ok. Then, I formatted my new drive in the hr21 and gracefully powered down per the instructions. However, in stead of three partitions, it has four. The first one seems to not be on anyone else's, its 128MiB. Do I ignore it and continue to follow the instructions or do I need to change something in the commmands because of this? I was thinking it was my sata CD drive, but alas I see that can't be the case. Any help is appriciated, I am doing this as I don't want to loose recorded items in the upgrade. Thanks.
     
  8. wlpywd

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  9. P Smith

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    You'll need to call ppl who did the process recently - perhaps new version of FW use new partitioning scheme ?
     
  10. wlpywd

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    what does that mean? if you don't know, you don't need to reply, just if you have an idea of what i should do please reply. Call someone, isn't that why i'm posting on this forum???? the ORIGINAL drive that has all my recorded shows on it has only 3 partitions and looks like the picture in the original step-by-step on page 1. I've read all 15 pages of this post and all the pages on Marty's post and another post. Its the new, larger drive that is formatted in the HR21 that has a 4th partition, thats the one i'm copying TO. It wouldn't have a new partitioning method that the original drive would not have, its not terribly old nor has it had any system updates since i started using it.

    I dont want to start something and copy over original with something by mistake.

    The new drive is a hitachi, its one i saw somewhere in a post stating it was a good one for upgrading with. it was brand new.
     
  11. P Smith

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    I would try to copy that partition (15 GB) and its real time extension (~200GB) first to see if it will works ok. I'm confident in the two source partition, target partitions would be 3rd and 4th. Just the case in new ...
     
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    ntrance

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    Have you have any success yet? If not, i would suggest deleting all the partitions off the 2TB drive, and placing it back in the DVR to be reformatted.
     
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    Hello. I have tried searching, but, cannot find this.

    My original drive is not spinning up when put in the machine I am using as the copy device.

    I prepared the 2.0 TB drive as instructed, and it is spinning up fine.

    I have done the "Graceful shutdown" procedure 2x, but, the original drive simply refuses to spin up when placed in the computer to be used for the copy device.

    Any suggestions?
     
  14. Apr 7, 2011 #374 of 664
    P Smith

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    Load Linux [Ubuntu] from CD, see if it will spin up the disk, if not try MHDD (also booting from CD).
     
  15. Apr 8, 2011 #375 of 664
    ntrance

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    gparted-live-0.3.7-7 and higher should be able to spin up the drive. My original HR20 drive was a WD3200AVBS that is set for "power-up in standby" and 0.3.7-7 was the first version of gparted that could spin it up.

    If you want to make it so the drive always spins up, I've had success with the following iso:
     
  16. Apr 9, 2011 #376 of 664
    glen4cindy

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    Yes, thank you for these answers.

    As I found out when I simply let Gparted boot with both drives attached, the drive did eventually spin up.

    I sucessfully transferred my recordings. My original drive was about 65% full, and my transfer took about 1 hour. My new drive now has 93% free.

    This fourm was a great source of valuable information.
     
  17. glen4cindy

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    "A problem has been detected in the storage device

    This may be a simple initaliztion error or a critical fault.
    Please reboot the box now. That may fix the problem.

    If that does not work then call Customer Service at 1-800-DIRECTV
    and report the diganostic code displayed below.

    Diagnostic Code: 14-019"

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Did the hard drive fail completely?

    I have pressed the red button, pulled the power plug, and selected REBOOT on the screen, and nothing works.

    Thanks.
     
  18. P Smith

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    There is a thread with the codes, at least for "14" - recalling it is HDD problem, but better if you'll find that thread.
     
  19. mocarob

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    sorry, i've been out of HDD upgrading for yrs..
    I want to backup my current external drive (hr20) to the previous external drive i had connected to it.

    What is the recommended software to use? Is it still gparted?

    Since the backup destination has already been used by the dvr ~ What type of prep is needed? How do I erase what's currently on the destination drive?
    If I format using Gparted will I have to re-connect it to the dvr for initializing?
    Thanks..
     
  20. wlpywd

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    if anyone ever has the same problem I did, here is the solution.
    My problem was that the auto-format of the DVR plus the graceful shutdown had my hard drive working perfectly IN the DVR, but gparted wasn't seeing any proper partitions, no matter how many times i did it.

    What i had to do that worked was to FIRST format the drive with gparted into one giant xfs partition, then put it in the DVR (an HR21) for its auto format, graceful shutdown, then finally gparted could see the correct partitions in order to copy from the old one.

    Hope this helps anyone that comes across that problem, and thank you everyone who offered suggestions.
     

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