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How to: Copy and Replace Internal Hard Drive

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by marty45714, Sep 25, 2007.

I have read the disclaimer and I understand that this process in NOT recommended

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  1. P Smith

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    I recall someone else did that recently ... if you have same big drive, make backup to it before you'll do another 'test' ;)
     
  2. ntrance

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    In addition to my original test, I believe some of the investigation done by cigar95 indicates that you should have no problems combining drives. See:
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2865486#post2865486
    and:
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=195743
    But as P Smith says, a backup is probably a good idea if you have the extra disk. You can copy each of your old drives onto your new drive one at a time. That way you have your original drives as backups. Or you could just backup one of your old drives before copying the second old drive onto it. It all depends on the sizes of your drives as to which approach is best.
     
  3. Aug 5, 2012 #503 of 761
    mocarob

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    During the dump/restore process does it overwrite files that are duplicates or skip them and only copy files that are different?
    thanks
     
  4. Aug 5, 2012 #504 of 761
    P Smith

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    It would be hard to imagine if you have duplicate names ... have you seen these names ? It's include ch#, time, date, some other info - very long file names.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2012 #505 of 761
    mocarob

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    Yes they are dupes. Identical recordings.
    I'm going to use this method to combine recordings from two drives onto one.
    One of the drives was a previously copied drive. So dupes are present.
    It was out of curiosity that I asked about over writing the files or skipping the dupes. It will help me determine how long it will take also..
     
  6. Rickt1962

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    I Dont know Linux. What and wer did you change the command lines in the first post in this thread ? I am going to try and merge a loaded 500 gig to a partially loaded 2 Tera. Using Gparted 0461
     
  7. ntrance

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    You don't need to change the commands at all. Your 2tb drive is simply taking the place of the empty drive.
     
  8. funkadelic

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    does anyone know if this process will work going from a hard drive from an HR21 to an HR34?

    The drive on my HR21 was upgraded to a 1TB years back and I'm about to get an HR34 -- it would be nice if I could copy the contents off the HR21's drive to the HR34.
     
  9. P Smith

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    One more time: RECORDINGS DOES ENCRYPTED by UNIQUE KEY for EACH DVR !
     
  10. mocarob

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    Sorry, Recordings can only be copied from drive to drive to be used with the same DVR. Due to the encryption P Smith described.
     
  11. funkadelic

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    ah darn. thanks for the responses P Smith & mocarob.
     
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    I haven't made it through this whole thread, but just wanted to share my recent experience in case it is helpful to anyone.

    I was using a 2TB external drive (WD20EADS) in an Antec MX-1 enclosure connected to an HR24. It worked well for quite a while, but starting developing inexplicable glitches, picture breakups, and momentary freezes and skips. Hard drive diagnostics on the DVR didn't show any problems, but I suspect that the hard drive was starting to have some issues. So, I wanted to copy the drive to a new drive.

    I bought a new WD20EURS drive and a Sabrent USB/eSATA enclosure from Amazon. The drive worked fine. The enclosure did not. The HR24 never recognized the enclosure and experience connecting to computers with eSATA was mixed. Once I figured out the enclosure was a problem, I was able to work around it using the older Antec enclosure. BTW, this Sabrent enclosure looks externally the same as the Rosewill and Weaknees enclosures that are reported to work. :confused::confused:

    I followed the instructions at the beginning of this thread using GPartEd Live 0.4.8.6. I connected both old and new drives in enclosures to a laptop using USB. (I didn't have two eSATA connections on a computer and didn't want to take a computer apart to hook the drives up internally.)

    The process worked just fine using USB. I suspect it was substantially slower with USB than it would have been using eSATA. Copying a full 2TB drive took about 33 hours. As the two drives were different models, I had no trouble figuring out which drive letter was which by looking at the drive info GPartEd displays.

    To sum up, here's the key info:

    GPartEd 0.4.8.6 worked
    USB connections worked to copy, albeit slowly
    The Sabrent enclosure did not work - had trouble using its eSATA both with the HR24 and with PCs
     
  13. Sep 1, 2012 #513 of 761
    gmc9512

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    Sorry if I've missed any posts related to this but I have a 2tb WD20EADS with several recordings that just came out of a HR20-700 which had a bad tuner. The hard drive is good and I want to install it in a new owned HR24-500. Can I just put it in the HR24 and it will reformat the drive and go from there or do I have to wipe the drive first?
     
  14. Sep 1, 2012 #514 of 761
    P Smith

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    Should wipe out or you will have all your old recording unusable and taking its space for nothing. Just wipe first sector - MBR by any program include Win Drive Mgr.
     
  15. Sep 1, 2012 #515 of 761
    gmc9512

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    Great, thanks for the quick reply!
     
  16. Rickt1962

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    Has anyone install a larger drive in a HR34 ?
     
  17. P Smith

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    Yes, search & see a few posts/threads where ppl reported about 3 and 4 TB drives.
     
  18. CCarncross

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    Doesnt it already have a a 2TB drive in it? If so, thats the largest that D* dvr's support currently.
     
  19. Rickt1962

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    It comes with 1 tb, didnt know if anyone tore one apart to install a 2 tb. I dont want to plug in a ext drive. I havent read anywhere that anyone has done a 3 or 4 tb
     
  20. inkahauts

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    When you use the method in the first post, does it erase thew original drive, or is that drive still good as well and could in theory be put back in at some point and you'd have all your recordings from there as well?
     

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