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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by clambert, Oct 29, 2009.
Yes. Why not ? Any reason ? Or just kicking tires ?
Yes, you can upgrade to up to a 2TB external on any of the HR models. The HR34 already has a 1TB in it so you'll want to go at least to a 1.5TB model.
Can I just replace the HD in a HR24 without copying? MY HD is failing & would like to replace the hard drive. I don't have any recordings I need to keep.
Have you thought about just adding an external drive to save you the time? I asking as I haven't paid attention to internal vs external hdd prices.
If you own the HR24 sure. If you don't own it, just call D* and they will send you a new unit for no more than $20.00 S&H. Definitely the cheapest route to go and be sure that everything is done right.
This does work on the HR34.
I had some recordings on my stock, 1TB drive and used similar procedures to upgrade and copy to a 2TB drive.
I used the Knoppix method. It was complicated and some commands didn't work because you need to be logged in as root. It was mainly complicated because I'm not familiar with Linux. If I did it again, it would be MUCH easier.
Things to note:
Knoppix is a good method, but you need to use 5.1. Newer versions do not have xfsdump.
You MUST toggle through the menu on the HR34 to "Restart" and unplug power as soon as the lights turn off on the unit. If you do not do this, you will have errors mounting the drives.
If you use the terminal and get permission errors, make sure you log in as root.
The command "sudo su" should do this.
I would recommend just upgrading the drive before you start recording. I started piling up recordings before I decided to upgrade my drive.
The HR34 is VERY easy to open. 4 clips on all 4 corners and one clip under the warranty sticker. You don't need security torx dies, just regular torx dies to remove the 4 torx screws holding up the hard drive. Be careful when removing these screws to make sure the hard drive doesn't drop onto the circuit board. Mine swung a bit and hit a capacitor; No damage, but something to watch out for because it can cause damage.
Or just use the already documented process of the gparted boot disk that works for all of them. Did you read the process that shows exactly how to do this?
I read lots of pages of the original 2007 thread, but really, who is going to read all the pages of a post that grows larger than it should? A sticky with the proper, full instructions and software versions should be made.
Knoppix is good, the original method described using Gparted wasn't working for me. Knoppix is easy and simple, and really anything that supports xfs or has xfsdump will work. There is no real need for the use of Gparted.
Instead of adding usless information to this thread CCarncross and causing it to grow further, perhaps you should not post at all. Posts like yours are the reason this thread is 20 pages long. I at least contributed knowledge and information.
Absolutely no reason to get hostile about it, I was just pointing out that everything you needed was already there, and the troubles you had were actually addressed in the well-written tutorial on page 1.
Everything you need is on page 1 of this very thread, you don't need to read any farther than that....there is one caveat that seems to be missing though is you need gparted 0.3.7.7 or later, but not newer than something like 0.4.6.1. Many of the later pages of the thread are just people that had trouble, many times due to not following the instructions exactly, or just making honest mistakes. Following the procedure on page 1 of this thread to the letter will work every time. Whats important is not to re-invent the wheel when its not necessary, and not confuse people with alternate methods, especially for people that may not be familiar with Linux OS.
Sorry, this has probably been asked and answered before, but tonight is the first time I've looked at this issue and I've started through this 20 page thread and finally decided to ask. Is it possible to replace an external drive with another one by using Acronis's bit-by-bit method to make a bit perfect clone?
Let me add that I am not trying to expand the drive, but simply to replace the current 1TB drive with a new 1TB drive so no partition resizing should be required, just a perfect cloning.
Something tells me that would be way too easy and the answer is no, but it seemed worth asking.
If your new drive is the same model, why not ?
If it has less sector's count, you could stuck (I'm not sure if Acronis will allow the copy - Ghost does not).
I believe I remember reading about a few having tried using Acronis and didnt have good results. The copy method outlined on page 1 of this thread will work perfectly for your scenario as well.
Question. I currently have a 2TB green drive with about 80 hours of junk on it. Id like to buy a RAID 1 enclosure, install TWO 2TB AVGP drive in it, then move my current dvr'd data over.
I get that Id need to power down the HR34, plug in the new RAID setup, power it up, let it format and then power back down and unplug. I think I can get thru GParted once the RAID setup is formatted and ready to receive the data from my current EHD, my problem is I only have a laptop at home. Can I connect these drives thru USB and use this process to move my current data to the new RAID setup?
Stick with your other thread ... USB is not an option. Too slow!
I love this place. Just Re-upgraded my HR20-700 to a 2GB EARS drive (brand new just sitting in the closet external from some $50-60 Staples deal from the Pre-Flood era) from it's previous 1GB EADS upgrade from 2 or 3 years ago. With the 1GB 75% full and not wanting to start deleting things.
A beautifully smooth 6 hour copy process now leaves me with a 70% empty drive and 3 years newer drive in place and apparently 5-8 degrees cooler than the old drive.
I just finished replacing the hard drive in my HR20-700 and I have to thank everybody that contributed to this thread (all 20 pages of it!). I couldn't have done this without the nuggets of gold found throughout this thread. While I am UNIX savvy, I'm not Linux savvy and the details of the mounting the filesystems and xfsdump/xfsrestore were what I needed.
My experience wasn't without problems so I thought I'd post a couple details here in case it helps anybody else. I did this on a Mac and here are the highlights of my issues:
- first, I wasn't able to get the 0.4.6-1 version to boot successfully on my iMac (27" Mid 2011 model). After numerous attempts at building a bootable USB stick (which all completely and utterly failed) I resorted to a bootable CD. Unfortunately the boot process would never complete successfully. I was able to get the current 12.1-5 version to boot my iMac but given all the posts about sticking to 0.4.6-1 I stayed on that path. Thankfully my older MacBook Pro was able to boot 0.4.6-1 so that's actually the machine I used.
- after getting the machine running the right gparted version, I got the drives hooked up. I had done clean shutdowns and had the drives connected via a daisy-chained Firewire 800 pair of external enclosures (FW800 mostly for the speed). I started the xfsdump | xfsrestore and waited. Shortly into the copy I got some errors and it crapped out. Something about Input/Output errors on the source drive. After fiddling with the drives, poking (very lightly, with -n so as to not actually touch the source disk) using xfs_repair I didn't see anything obviously wrong. I tried a few more times and would get different errors which seemed odd. At one point I had a kernel panic. Something fishy was going on. I was on the verge of giving up and then on a whim I wondered if it might be something with the Firewire connections. So I pulled the source drive off and connected it via USB and left the new destination drive on FW800. That went swimmingly! A couple hours later and I was back in business.
I did notice various warning messages as the copy was being done. I didn't happen to write any of them down but things about files not existing or something like that. They were all warnings only and after the copy was done all my shows and things seem to be intact.
Again, thanks all for the contributions. My old chattery drive is now sitting there as a backup in case any of the recordings I really want didn't completely make it over to the new disk and I am no longer annoyed by the obnoxiously loud clickety-clacks of that old drive.
I too want to thank the contributors of this thread. I upgraded my HR20-700 to a 1TB WD drive around Thanksgiving of last year and its been going strong for the past 7-8 months. My old stock HD was getting very loud and I was running out of space as well. I replaced/upgraded the drive and copied over all the recordings (had to let it copy overnight) without any issues. Gave new life to my aging HR20-700. The extra space and silent running are great!
Thank you for such a great write up, 2 for 2! oldest gparted version 0.3.7.7 works great, all HR24-500's should come with 2 TB standard
Thanks to all, especially "ntrance" for this line:
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All the best!
I plan on copying and expanding my dvr drive in the next few days.
Here's a snapshot of the smart data on the new drive. Is everything in order?
It's good drive with low number of use (hours and turns ONs),