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Will this work to move external disk to HR24?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by awalt, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. awalt

    awalt Legend

    Jul 30, 2007
    I am thinking about getting an HR24 receiver at some point, because my receivers are old (HR20). I Have used the process documented on this forum to move recordings to a new disk drive on the same receiver, will this same procedure work with the new HR24? For example:

    1. Take a blank (smaller) external hard disk, let it get reformatted and put it on HR24's external eSata port. Shut down gracefully
    2. Take existing 2TB EHD on my HR20, shut down gracefully.
    3. Use Linux commands to move/copy data from 2TB disk to new disk initialized on HR24. Verify it works on HR24, then shut it down gracefully.
    4. Wipe out/reformat my 2TB, initialize on HR24, shut down gracefully, then move/copy data to this disk.

    I would use the temporary disk as it's smaller than the 2TB disk I am using now, but it's large enough to hold all my programming.

    In other words, all moving/copying data on external hard disks with HR24 is the same Linux-wise as using an HR20?

  2. oldbamaguy

    oldbamaguy Legend

    Jun 1, 2009
    You could do all that but -
    There is a "card/receiver" code on each recording and for the recording to play, the code on the recording must match the "card/receiver" code of the HD-DVR.

    This means you could just plug the old eSATA into the new HR24 directly.
    No copying at all.
    If no errors are detected, you will still have your favorites, your to do and the playlist will show the recordings, BUT THEY WON'T PLAY.
    I tried this as an experiment, though I didn't have a HR24.
    I don't think the model numbers enter into this "exercise".
    Sorry!! I stand ready to be corrected! :) :) :)
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    "will this same procedure work with the new HR24?" - The procedure works for SAME DVR, not for move BETWEEN DVRs.
  4. evan_s

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    Recordings made from sat channels are tied to the receiver they were recorded on. No way is known to bypass this. OTA channels apparently aren't tied to a particular receiver but doesn't matter for most people.

    As has been mentioned, you should be able to hook up the esata drive to your new receiver and everything will still be there but the recordings won't play so will have to be deleted. If you are upgrading to a new box but don't want to loose your recordings, the best option is to run both the new box and the old box for a while until you can watch and delete everything off the old box and then return it. You can setup MRV to allow streaming to the new receiver to make it easier.
  5. awalt

    awalt Legend

    Jul 30, 2007
    Great, thanks for the help and advice!

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