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. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    You can't swap access cards. The access card department has been needed for that for years and they don't do it either that I have heard. Although they could if it really needed to happen. But DIRECTV stopped swapping access cards when they started adding rec id numbers years ago.
     
  2. palmgrower

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    I stuck the old access card into the new receiver, called Directv, gave them the access card # and the receiver #. It activated. I did a graceful shutdown and began the copy process.
    I followed the "original procedures" for copying a hard drive, only difference is I used my 2 TB data from an HR34 to a 4TB in new HR44. 50% full at 2TB became 26% full at 4TB
    The last times I've done this was to increase the 500gb to 2 TB hard drives in my HR24's.

    The last 3 seasons of college volleyball from ESPNU and BigTenNetwork and other Sports Networks, the last 2 World Series, TBS and FS1, and the FSU National Championship as well. Last seasons Lip Sync Battle still works. All those are Satellite based recordings. My local antenna recordings work, Nova, Frontline, 60 minutes, MLB all star games.
    Had I know this wasn't possible (I have not read every post), then I probably would never have attempted it. Or I would have deleted all Satellite Recordings and kept only off air.
    With OnDemand I don't need to keep movies.

    I apologize if I have caused problems with the forum. I will stop posting copy activities hence forth.
     
  3. mocarob

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    I hope you don't stop posting. IMO you offered up some good info..
     
  4. hoss713

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    I don't think you caused any problems. Don't take the comments that have been posted personally.

    What you appear to have done is something that many folks here have wanted to do for quite a long time and have been unsuccessful at - hence we are all wondering how you were able to do something so easily that hasn't been previously accomplished.

    I know that when I switched to the HR44, I was not able to preserve my recordings. They did not give me the option to use my old card - the tech that came out to do the install said he had to use the new card. When I upgraded another box, they told me I had to use the card that came with that box and that I had to send the old card back within 'n' days.

    Did you have a tech install, or did they send you the HR44 and you installed it yourself? If a tech installed, I'm surprised they didn't have to activate before leaving. Perhaps you just got lucky that they activated the card on your new receiver, or maybe they've changed a policy that we're not yet aware of.
     
  5. palmgrower

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    Self Install

    You're a Giants fan, and it's an even year, all the best!
     
  6. WestDC

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    No problem caused - you just found the missing link for Keeping your recording :) going from one receiver to another
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    palmgrower
    That made you are first person of the year 2016 in DTV DVR universe !
     
  8. isuzudave

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    Just a quick post to let folks know this worked with a HR44 and the newest version of gparted boot disk I could find (0.25.0 from February 2016).

    I first copied the original 1TB drive to a 2TB WD Green that I had laying around. I then remembered about a week later that the 2TB drive is about 5 years old. I felt like it would be a good idea to put a new drive in. I copied the 2TB drive to a new WD 3TB Blue drive. They have folded the Green line into the Blue line.

    Both copies went great with no errors. I just switched from Dish to DTV a few weeks ago so there is not much on the drive yet. It went from 92% free to 96% and had not error messages at all.

    I did use the "sudo su" command at the very begining, or else you have to type "sudo" before every command. I also added the "-p 600" option to get a progress report every 10 minutes. It took about 45 minutes.
     
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    Drucifer

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    How the hell do you get the cover off of a now Owned HR24-200 to put in a 2TB HDD?
     
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    P Smith

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    just do it slow and easy ! ;) :D
     
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    Rich

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    Two clips on each side that need to be held away from the chassis and...3 or is it 2 clips on the bottom? That's all that holds the cover on. I use cut up credit cards and slip them into the holes that allow access to the clips.

    Rich
     
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    Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    I'm a visual person. Need pictures to show where these clips are?
     
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    goober22

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    Sunny...
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    Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

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    NY Hudson...
    Those pics are of a HR21
     
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    Rich

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    Pretty much the same.

    Rich
     
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    Rich

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    Hey Drew, are you aware that the sled for the HDD is too small to mount a standard 2TB drive?

    Rich
     
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    Drucifer

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    No. The HR24-200 requires a special size HDD?

    Can the shed be changed so that a standard size HDD can fit? Or will that mean the case can't be put back on?

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    Nevermind.

    Finally came across someone who opened a HR24. Apparently, they have six tabs that break easily. Not something I care to tackle. Was hoping for hidden screws.

    As I understand it, I need to buy a special case to house a WD SATA 2TB HDD that will work with a DirecTV HR24-200. What are they? And which WD drive type is best for DVR'g?
     
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    P Smith

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    there are a few threads with answers - just read them
     
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    Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    Those threads are at least six years old. Finding reliable old equipment is not what I want to know about.
     
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    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    it's not a smartphones market, sorry
    members don't bother to swap HDD to newest models - you are on your own here
     

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