Removing / Replacing / Copying Hard Drive of HR2* Receiver [Photo Tutorial]

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by clambert, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Juanus

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    Is this still true or has it been verified?
    I have an HR-21 and I will be upgrading to am HR-24. I was going to use this process to copy the recordings over to the new box, but if this is true, it won't work anyway.
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    nothing changed as we knew

    but as usual: you can try and tell us ... perhaps some miracle change in FW left unnoticed by us ;)
     
  3. Oct 9, 2014 #583 of 696
    gandalf239

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    As a DirecTV customer, and professional computer technician, I appreciate this topic. As I have leased equipment, I'm unable to put knowledge into action. Hard drive in the HR44-500 in my house failed. To ease the sting of the lost content, I politely asked DTV for a free Genie Go. They said no. I took it to social media, and they caved. Not only am I getting a replacement Genie, but I've gotten a free Genie Go out of this fiasco. Moral of the story: be polite, but persistent.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2014 #584 of 696
    Matt L

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    You had options. While I don’t have a Genie all the HD DRVs I have have the option of an external drive or you could have copied the failing HD and replaced it. My content is move valuable than any slap on the wrist D might give, though I've never heard of anyone having an issue.
     
  5. gandalf239

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    Out of curiosity, what does DTV do if they ascertain a leased box has been opened? I could easily have done it--I certainly have the technical acumen. I know another drive, along with a GParted live CD would do the trick. Instead of that, I wanted to make a point with DTV, and I stuck to my guns. Not only did they send a replacement receiver, but I got a free Genie Go out of the deal. Plus, using a trick I learned at work, I froze the old the receiver (without opening it), and as able to get the drive back up and running long enough to copy five movies from it via the Genie Go to my mobile device(s). Now I've got 30 days to watch content I didn't get around to watching before.
     
  6. photojon

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    Thanks for the great initial post and to others on the fourm who helped get me through this. I thought I would add a couple things I had to do to get Gparted-livecd to work in the flow in "2014" ;-).

    In step 10, none of the Linux commands worked for me without adding a "sudo" in front of each command. Unfortunately, when I got to the "xfsdump" step, even the "sudo" in front of the command didn't work. I got an "ERROR: unable to create /mnt/fap/xfsrestorehousekeepingdir: Permission denied".

    Researching a different thread, I saw a recommendation to perform a "sudo password" to set a superuser password. After the password was set, I then typed "su" to switch to SuperUser and pressed enter. I was then prompted for the password which I had just set. Once I did that, the "xfsdump" step worked great. And my drive was successfully copied.
     
  7. WestDC

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    I may be wrong -But if you copy a Drive from a HR21 going to larger Drive or the same size it will work - I don't think anyone has copied a drive and moved it a different receiver as you want to do - The "drive" info is tied to a marker in the "BOX" as I understand it.
     
  8. inkahauts

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    Yeah can't move content to a different DVR. Only a larger drive for the same DVR.

    The only exception is over the air recordings will transfer.
     
  9. inkahauts

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  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Not nessesary "larger", any drive what is big enough for actual data size.
     
  11. Nov 4, 2014 #591 of 696
    SomeRandomIdiot

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    [background=#FFFF00]xfsrestorehousekeepingdir[/background][background=#e6edf0]: Permission denied". [/background]

    [background=#e6edf0]Researching a different thread, I saw a recommendation to perform a "sudo password" to set a superuser password. After the password was set, I then typed "su" to switch to SuperUser and pressed enter. I was then prompted for the password which I had just set. Once I did that, the "xfsdump" step worked great. And my drive was successfully copied.[/background]

    What size drive did you move to - and which version of G-Parted did you use?
     
  12. Nov 4, 2014 #592 of 696
    inkahauts

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    I have always stuck to using the original gparted version in the original post and followed the commands exactly and it works fine. When you use newer versions stuff happens that i don't know how to get around. Sometimes the old stuff is the best stuff imho. ;)
     
  13. Nov 4, 2014 #593 of 696
    SomeRandomIdiot

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    Yes, but i have found that copying to a Hard Drive larger than 2TB has issues and wondering if the newer versions solve these issues.
     
  14. Nov 6, 2014 #594 of 696
    inkahauts

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    It does? I've done it a few times and while it says there is an issue as its copying there is not. The key is making sure you truly shut down the DVR properly for both the old and the new drives in the dvr before copying as if you don't the file system is hosed and then it won't copy right.
     
  15. matty8199

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    just replaced the hard drive in my hr20-700 and had no problems except for getting the pin next to the fan plug back in...can anyone tell me the trick to lining it up? the one next to the grounding screw i didn't have to push all the way out, so that one i got back together pretty easily...i've done a few searches of the thread but haven't been able to find anything about it, unless i'm searching for the wrong terms.

    will it hurt anything if i just screw everything back together and leave the one pin out?
     
  16. infin

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    I had a question, when you put a new larger drive in, and let the H2x format the drive, can you use it at this point? or do you have to connect the drives to the PC? I dont care about settings/recorded shows.

    Also what is the best 2T drive to use right now?
    WD20EURS?
    WD20EURX?
     
  17. mocarob

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  18. goober22

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    Sunny...
    From what I understand, the EURX is the same drive except with SATA III 6 Gbps Interface instead of SATA II. I have both in use. No issues
     
  19. zebra

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    HELP please:
    strugling and going ahead.
    2T disk formated inside HR20-100. Ejected by software Reset and waite till Blue Lites go out, listened for drive to spin down but never did - pulled the power plug a while after the Blue leds went out.
    Got error on /dev/dba2: can't read superblock. Applied: sudo xfs_repair -L -r /dev/sdb3 /dev/sdb2. Afterwards applied the mount command without erros.
    next point: sudo mount ,,, on sda and sdb worked without errors.
    But : sudo xfsdump -J -/mnt/hr20| xfsrestore -J -/mnt/fap returned errors:
    xfsrestor:ERROR: no surce file(s) specified
    xfsrestore: Restore Status: ERROR
    What am I doing wrong? Is there a space after second - in the command?
     
  20. zebra

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    Can you please give guidance to a newb how and what excatly to do to do "sudo password".
    When I enter "sudo password" I get and error indicating no such command. ???
     

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