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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. Blurayfan

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    No the two cards on front are not correct. The clips are located inside the squares right beneath your cards. The cards need to be inserted in those places to unlock the clips. Because the latches are not right against front, but slightly inward.
     
  2. rlinsurf

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    No, I pulled the clips back, and then inserted the cards to make sure they didn't lock back in place. That's not right?
     
  3. rlinsurf

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    Ok, I think I see what you're saying. The clips need to held back from the inside. So now instead of the two cards. I used a couple of knives instead. But the thing still seems totally solid in place and wont budge.
     
  4. Blurayfan

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    Here is what worked for me.
    Two pieces of cards in each location. You could use a flashlight to study the clips and see where is the best place to insert your preferred unlocking tool.
     

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  5. P Smith

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    And a picture of the locations ?
     
  6. Blurayfan

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    Location circled in green.
     

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  7. P Smith

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    Now all stars lined up ... taah-daah ! the box is opening ...
     
  8. rlinsurf

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    Eureka!

    Ok, I see what I did wrong. The cards on the sides weren't actually deep enough down. They need to go far enough -- I set them all the way down in the end -- not just to hear the click of the release at the top, but also at the bottom of the clip. Then the whole thing just lifted off... like buttah :D

    After that, a 10 torx at each corner at the bottom of the hard drive carrier. Lift the carrier out, being careful not to damage or pull too much on the still attached wires. Remove the side phillips head screws at the side of the carrier. Carefully press down on the latches at the top of each connector -- one for power and the other the sata cable, to remove them. And then finally, unscrew the hard drive spring-lifter attached at the bottom of the drive using the phillips head again. Voila! The HD is successfully and easily removed.

    Thanks to you all, I now have no idea why I was ever intimidated to do this. You guys are awesome :D

    I might post pictures of my putting it back together if I have time tomorrow.
     
  9. Blurayfan

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    Good job.
     
  10. palmgrower

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    Congratulations
     
  11. Richierich

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    It is quite easy once you understand how the clips lock into place so you can slide a flathead screwdriver or credit card into the slot to pry the clip away from the slot.

    Very easy for me and took less than 10 minutes.
     
  12. Rich

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    He would have had a much simpler time if he had cut a couple credit cards into strips narrow enough to fit in the clamp slots. How did all of you miss that? Sticking a whole credit card into those slots is not the way to do it. We've written enough posts about how to do it using credit card "strips" for it to be common knowledge. That one thumbnail picture looks to be about the right size.

    Rich
     
  13. goondog71

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    My HR24-500 has a power issue and will not turn on. I do not think there is anything wrong with the hard drive. I got a replacement an HR24-200, I am wondering if it is possible to move the hard drive, with all my recordings to the new HR24. Do different manufactures set up the interface with the hard drives differently?

    Thanks,
    Jay
     
  14. P Smith

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    Interface is the same - SATA, unified for all such drives.

    You can't move the drive to other DVR, its content encrypted by the old DVR's unique key.
     
  15. Rich

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    You lost all your recordings. That 24-500 can be fixed if you still have it. Then you'd save your recordings, but that's the only way it will happen.

    Rich
     
  16. drpjr

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    I recieved two HR24-500's under the PP last weekend. Using this page and the one previous I was able to swap out the HD's fairly easily. Now that I know how much pressure it takes to slide in the credit cards I would consider it easy to do. It takes more pressure than I would have been comfortable with without knowledge learned here. FYI I was able to use a business card "strip" for the two non perimeter clips. I'm really glad the info needed was on the last page as this is a looong thread.:lol:
     
  17. palmgrower

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    HR34 was almost as easy, just make sure you own a tamper proof torx T10, 2TB WD works great!
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    Based on a bunch of posts in recent weeks/months...this might be a good time for a friendly reminder that tampering with/opening up a leased HD DVR invalidates the warranty and opens up the chance that one may have to eventually pay the retail replacement price to DirecTV for that activity.

    Only owned units are eligible for device opening, and since there are so very few HR24's owned in the field...it raises the question how may people may already have gone down the wrong path.

    As for the process itself...if one knows what they're doing...it's a brief task to execute.

    Best bet for a leased DVR and/or if not sure - use an external eSata drive setup.
     
  19. Rich

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    They are actually called "security" Torx wrenches.

    Rich
     
  20. Richierich

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    Yes, cutting up an old Credit Card into Strips is the Best Way to Get R Done!!!! :lol:
     

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