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Reusing recycled drive from HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rob_gendeau, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. rob_gendeau

    rob_gendeau Cool Member

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    Finally got it:

    I saw a post with info about using MHDD to run a script to reset the PUIS setting, which I've read gets stuck on even without the jumper attached, and due to a bug in the firmware and controller. One problem for me though is that the only way I can access this is via USB, and some solutions require booting with the drive attached to internal SATA cables, which I don't have.

    I'm doing some of this with virtual Linux/DOS/Windows on a Mac. Kinda of an interesting trip to the past, especially since I can't remember any DOS commands. Since the virtuals are on the Mac, it might be worthwhile to note that restarting the Mac with the drive attached via usb, but spun up, the Mac refused to boot...removed the drive's USB connector and it booted fine.

    Obviously this has become an obsession :nono2:
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Try get MHDD running - I'm waiting Security attributes off the drive...
     
  3. rob_gendeau

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    Virtually impossible...literally, I think. Just couldn't get any DOS to run and see a USB/serial adapter. Got HDAT2 to see it on a PC, but when I tried a USB stick with the PUIS script, it crashed the whole PC, taking the XP installation on the hard drive with it (should've manually uncabled it I guess, but really).

    Finding a bootable DOS combo that could get the machine running just so I could run that script might be possible, might not, on the equipment I had. Just wasn't worth it. Can't believe that tools don't exist to fix it, but WD isn't gonna make it available. Remind me not to buy any of there drives in the future.

    Ended up reformatting by using Ryobi Variable Speed Drill; it's a great tool, easy to use interface and you can't beat the secure erase :hurah:
     
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    "Ended up reformatting by using Ryobi Variable Speed Drill"- eeeeh ! Are you really broke the drive ?

    Told yeah - bring it here. You would have another good drive to your PC.
     
  5. Shades228

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    HD platters make good coasters
     
  6. rob_gendeau

    rob_gendeau Cool Member

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    As I searched, I found lots of people who came to grief with these. I didn't care about the data...but as it turned out, I'd never have anything I would trust with these WD drives. And the more I saw of their stuff, the more convinced I was to stick with Seagate or Hitachi or anybody but WD!
     
  7. RunnerFL

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    Would have been easy by downloading turn_off_poweron_in_standby.iso and creating a boot disk. Would have saved you a LOT of time and you would have had a good drive, not a set of chrome coasters.
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I'm still thinking you are NOT physically destroyed the drive. Did you ?
     
  9. dpeters11

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    Better remove Hitachi from your list. Another one bites the dust (in terms of hard drive divisions).
     
  10. CCarncross

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    We all have different experiences, personally in my over 20 years of IT, I buy nothing but WD drives...we go through the OEM Seagate drives in our Dells at work like they're candy...
     
  11. rob_gendeau

    rob_gendeau Cool Member

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    You're right...if that had worked. It didn't.

    And yeah, I did physically destroy the drives. Perhaps it's just my mentality from work, where it's required, but I don't turn lose drives with any possible hope of recovery. I also shred files. And I pull drives from devices I have sent in for repair. I don't trust many people I guess....
     
  12. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    We use Seagate drives at work as well and have the same results. I'm constantly swapping out drives.
     
  13. RunnerFL

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    Not sure why it didn't. It works for me on every drive I have to unlock, and not just HR2X's drives.

    Destroying a drive before throwing it out is never a bad thing. At work we have a machine that pretty much shreds them. At home I take them apart and smash pieces.
     

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