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Upgrading the internal hard drive on an HR24

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by anleva, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Sorry, can't follow you ... you combined together two DVR two (or more ?) drives, processes ...
    What is done ? What is working ? Which DVR ? Which drive ? Where ? ...
     
  2. wcjulyan

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    I just replaced the internal drive on an (owned) HR24-200 with a WD20-EURS (AV-GP).

    Thanks to the pioneers on here who went before me, I wasn't surprised or defeated by the problems I encountered. Opening the case was not difficult, due to the helpful information on this forum (finding the switches and opening them with strips cut from credit cards was relatively easy).

    I was expecting the issues with the -200 drive (thinner vertically than normal HDDs) and its cage. I used oldvanhavenrules' suggestion of plastic zip ties to secure the new hard drive (since the holes don't line up with a normal-sized drive).

    The most difficult part for me was removing the two screws that connect the drive cage to the back of the case. I didn't have the proper tool for that.

    Anyway, it's working fine, and is not noisy or hot.
     
  3. Rich

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    Huh. I was leery of that method of securing the HDD. Did you use the white (indoor usage and prone to heat related breaking) or the black (outdoor usage and not as prone to heat related problems) wire ties?

    Rich
     
  4. wcjulyan

    wcjulyan New Member

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    Uh oh! I hadn't thought about that. By chance (what I had available), I used some of each.
     
  5. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Probably doesn't matter unless you bought the ties from an electrical supply house.

    Rich
     
  6. Rtm

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    I put a new drive in the first SATA bay of the computer and the DVRs in the second bay then copied the original from the DVR to the new one. I had formatted the new drive in the DVR but it said unallocated still once put back in the computer and then again after copying the original drive to the new drive, the new drive still showed no partitions and unallocated even after refreshing drives/devices.

    But I'm happy with it now.
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Something wrong with your PC; if DVR working fine with new HDD, then it has partitions.
     
  8. Rtm

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    It is working fine in the DVR but was making a lot of clicking noise and I decided to overnight from Amazon a WD20EURS(I got one from after the flood March 2012 :) didn't know they were back in production) because it doesn't have error correcting.

    Well the Seagate I found out is gpt and it should be mbr(ms-dos) I believe this is correct? Well the Seagate shows only one partition and its fat32 I'm trying to transfer my 1TB Seagate I put in like 3 days ago to a new 2TB WD.

    Can I convert it to mbr without destroying data or somehow getting my stuff over?
     
  9. Rtm

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    FYI Disk management is seeing the 3 separate partitions in Windows 7
     
  10. P Smith

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    That's close to real: yes, it has MBR-style partition table: 0.5 GB SWAP, EXT3+XFS:10 GB and XFS RT extension for rest of space.
     
  11. rlinsurf

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    Hi--

    I'm desperate. I tried to have Weaknees upgrade my HR24 sent ,the unit back, it now freezes every few minutes, and they're refusing to fix it. So it's unusable for the Olympics :(

    Anyway, I saw several posts on upgrading it yourself, and please be aware, I do in fact fully own my HR24! I see the images of where the clips are located with the case already open:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2469713#post2469713

    But when I look at the sides, all I see are what look like empty holes? Can someone enlighten me where the side clips are located? This is an HR24-500.
     
  12. palmgrower

    palmgrower AllStar

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    4 corners, shove old credit cards/hotel keys in the 4 corners, you can feel them unlock
     
  13. palmgrower

    palmgrower AllStar

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    T10 Torx to remove drive cage, after you remove the cover
     
  14. rlinsurf

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    Wow. Thanks, guys. I'll give it a try. I also better ask how to release the top clips? If they are facing away from you, do they push forward or back?
     
  15. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Need 3 credit cards, slide em in between the clips to hold the clips open, and the top will pop off...at least on my HR24-500 thats how it worked.
     
  16. rlinsurf

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    Ok, now I'm confused. I used 4 credit card at the sides, and did indeed hear a click near the top for each one. Then I saw two clips with releases I could see at the front, and released each one and shoved a credit card in each to prevent re-locking. But you're right, there seem to be 3 larger clips attaching the front to the casing, and I don't see how the credit cards could help. Here's an image of what I've done so far, and the clips in question:

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    Are these the three you mean? I don't see how to get a credit card in there?
     
  17. JerryMeeker

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    Looking at your picture, it looks like you have successfully retracted the four side clips and inserted the cards so the clips stay retracted. On the front, there are only two clearly visible clips. The way I do it, I use a needle-nose pliers to grab one side of the undercarriage, gently lift it with one hand while inserting a screwdriver to loosen the front clip towards the side you are lifting out. Once the undercarriage moves a bit, you don't need to worry about the front clip popping back in place. Keep lifting while you use the screwdriver to loosen the second front clip, and the undercarriage should pop right up and out.

    It's hard to describe the actions, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes very simple.

    Good luck on the repair. I have upgraded both of my (owned) HR24-500's with 2TB WD20EURS drives. Very quiet, and plenty of space!
     
  18. Blurayfan

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    The three clips circled don't lock the cover. Your picture shows you successfully unlocked the sides. The front clips are small and hidden in the little squares on the bottom. To unlock these you need a piece of a credit card. The bigger ones won't fit in the squares. Sometimes the clips need two pieces of card inserted together in each to hold the clips open.
     
  19. rlinsurf

    rlinsurf AllStar

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    So the two credit cards at the front are also right? If so, I guess I'll try the pliers thing next :)

    Thanks.
     
  20. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Its been a long time since I did mine, but I didnt have to use pliars. I just had the cards where you have them, and the top popped off without any problem. They might have changed the case since I got mine though.
     

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