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

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  1. TNDave

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    I would have to see some evidence that it works on these Linux based drives before attempting it. Can find nothing that says they do. Will keep looking though, if they would work, sure would be easier than the computer based solutions!
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I wouldn't spend $35 for one-time copier :(
     
  3. TNDave

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  4. TNDave

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    I would not want to either, but if I cannot get gparted, or clonezilla to work, that would be an option. Several years old software does not like new computers.
    Also, If I had a reasonably quick way to do this, I would to it periodically to protect against a HDD failure from destroying all my recordings.
    Hoping the latest gparted works!
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    sorry, as IT guy (and EE) I cannot take this as real problem;
    and very unlikely you could get a duplicate of your HDD accepted by DVR, if it's not exactly same model
     
  6. TNDave

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    Well, as an IT guy, how would you get the specified very old version of gparted to run on my new computer when it refuses to respond to any keyboard command or mouse movement? The latest version (which I will try out this weekend) works as expected regarding navigating the screen. All anyone has been doing for years is duplicating the hard drives (to other brands and sizes) using gparted after letting the Directv box format them. Clonezilla would likely work, but it gave me errors. It copies partition data from one drive to another.
     
  7. P Smith

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    that's one of two key in the process, what other methods does missing
    other one is a copy XFS files system as set of folders/files with original attributes
     
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    TNDave

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    I bought one of the duplicators, and it worked perfectly. Copied both of my 2TB external drives to new ones (same size, different brand on one, different model on the other) Both work just fine. Now I have new drives in both DVR's. The one that had failed I bought back to life with Victoria. I was getting failure on DVR boot, with "too many bad sectors" error. Wife is happy I saved her recordings. Now I feel a little more secure that our 1.5 TB of recordings on our main unit are safe for the future. Used a WD Purple drive. I do plan to back up both drives periodically now since I have the duplicator.
     
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    P Smith

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    try to play EACH recordings to be sure the copy is OK
     
  10. Feb 7, 2018 #690 of 696
    TNDave

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    Yeah, right. I will try EACH recording on 1.5 TB of recordings. 8>(
    We have played several on the main DVR, and a couple on the other one, box seems to not know anything changed at all. There is absolutely no reason to feel otherwise. I am not the first who has used a duplicator successfully.
     
  11. Feb 8, 2018 #691 of 696
    P Smith

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    glad it works for you!

    It's very unique case and pretty limited for the kind of requests,
    possible when the HDD have same size only;
    would you acknowledge the HDDs has equal number for LBA parameter ? just for record
     
  12. Oct 8, 2018 #692 of 696
    Joe Schmuck

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    First of all I'd like to confirm that this works fine on my Genie hard drive and I moved data from an external 3TB drive to an external 2TB drive. Needless to say I had less that 2TB of data (it was 418GB actually and it took just under 2 hours to transfer the data).

    I would recommend to update thread posting #11 Step 10; substep#10A to read "10a. You may get a "Can't Read Superblock" error message, perform this command xfs_repair -L -r /dev/sda3 /dev/sda2 or xfs_repair -L -r /dev/sdb3 /dev/sdb2 for the drive in question.

    Add new note directly following new step 10A to read "NOTE: To find out the amount of data on the drive perform the following commands cd /mnt/hr20 and then du -h --max-depth=1 and the last output line is the total data on the drive.

    Also while the title of this thread states it's a "Photo Tutorial", apparently the photos have been removed, not that it is a big deal, the DVRs have changed a bit since this was first published.

    Cheers,
    -Joe
     
  13. Nov 3, 2018 #693 of 696
    oldog

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    I tried this on "Can't Read Superblock" error but got a permission error on sda2

    Had to add sudo

    sudo xfs_repair -L -r /dev/sda3 /dev/sda2

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    sudo xfs_repair -L -r /dev/sdb3 /dev/sdb2
     
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  14. Max Volume

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    So is there any way to expand the partition on a cloned larger drive? Used that duplicator mentioned above for 2tb to 6tb, worked great and just assumed I could use some type of disk management software to expand the partition. Bad assumption it appears. Anyone know if that's possible, or am I back to using the g-parted copying method.
     
  15. ntrance

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    You are back to the GParted copying method. Did you start having problems once you exceeded 2TB of storage on your 6TB drive?
     
  16. P Smith

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    slight chance if Linux world create new XFS tool what include expanding XFS partition with RT extension
     

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