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DirecTV TIVO-using upgraded hard drive from 1 unit to another?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sanpablo, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. sanpablo

    sanpablo New Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Hi all, the power supply on my hard drive upgraded Philips DSR704 died.
    I deactivated this unit with DirecTV and had them activate a RCA DVR40
    that I had which has it's original 40gig drive. Can I swap the hard drive
    from the Philips DSR704 to the RCA DVR40 or is the TIVO software specific
    to the different brands? TIA for any advice.
  2. codespy

    codespy Go Pack Go!! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    It should work, however you will need to do a clear and delete everything to marry the hard drive to the receiver. You WILL lose all your recordings.
  3. sanpablo

    sanpablo New Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    OK, thanks. I figured I could try the swap
    and see what happens but it is good to know
    it should work.
  4. RMichals

    RMichals Legend

    Sep 27, 2008
    You could have just swapped the power supplies, no clear & delete or calls needed then.
  5. sanpablo

    sanpablo New Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    yes, I realized that after I had already called DirecTV!!
    I didn't know the power supplies were the same. I did
    the hard drive swap today and I see that internally, the
    units are identical. Another problem I was having with the
    Philips was that I was getting intermittent "searching for
    satellite signal" so I think the tuner was acting up.
    Again, thanks for the help.

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