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Prepping for new HR24...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rocket21, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. rocket21

    rocket21 New Member

    Feb 3, 2008

    Just off the phone with DTV and am getting 2 new HR24s and a new type of dish for $150 total. (I am aware that this doesn't guarantee the hr24, but the CSR put in a note and I'll just refuse the install if they don't come with them.)

    I currently have 2 HD DVRs (leased) that I'll be exchanging. My question is how I can easily x-fer the content to the new dvrs.

    I have an external Lacie drive but I don't use it for dvr service. I back up my mac on it. If I plug this into the respective dvrs can i put content to a particular "file" or would i be reformatting the entire drive, thereby losing my mac backup material.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance. Great forums. Learn a lot as a lurker.

  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    You can't play old recording on different HRs or transfer them.
  3. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Rocket, you need to Call Directv back and Demand that they have the Installer Company call you before coming out to ensure that they know exactly what you plan on doing and what you need.

    Then you can ask the Installer Dispatcher if he has HR24s. If he does then politely ask him to have your Installer bring two of them with him when he comes out.

    That is how I got mine. Not by waiting until they show up but being Proactive and talking to them ahead of time so they know if they can accomodate you.
  4. rocket21

    rocket21 New Member

    Feb 3, 2008
    Thanks, RR. Good idea and I will do so.
  5. PokerJoker

    PokerJoker Godfather

    Apr 12, 2008
    Las Vegas
    To reiterate what Sigma said - there is no way to transfer your old recordings to your new DVRs. It is not going to happen. The files are scarmbled and locked to the old DVRs. So even copying the internal HDs would do no good.

    About all you can do is transfer the recordings, by playing them one at a time into either a DVD recorder or a computer with a video capture card. This will be an SD copy. (If you want an HD copy, the only way is to use a Hauppage HDPVR component capture device or equivalent, in the same manner, and I don't know if they support Macs.) In either case, it will take real time to do it, meaning that if you have 40 hours worth to transfer, it will take 40 hours of recording time.

  6. redfiver

    redfiver DBSTalk Club Member

    Nov 18, 2006
    You can use a hauppage hdpvr with a mac.

  7. rocket21

    rocket21 New Member

    Feb 3, 2008
    Thought I'd share...newbie installer just left my house after 9 1/2 hours. No exaggeration. Crazy. He was very new and struggles with english. I'm ok with everything except to find out that he was doing everything wrong. I won't bother with the details, but example is putting SD filters on my new H24-100 HD receivers. Eventually his supervisor and another guy spent a couple hours here helping.

    Now, however, I have 2 new speedy HDs. Faster. look better. Don't notice any particular color issues. I like them.

    Nice. Long day.

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