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mibloem



Joined: 26 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2007 19h55    Post subject: DIY PVR Upgrade Reply with quote

Hi all,
just been reported on the DSTV forum. A normal FAT32 IDE harddrive can be installed in the PVR.

The guy installed a 750GB drive (which apparently does not run as hot as the factory model) and now has 260 hours with 4 hour buffers.

Kiss your warrentee goodbye if you dare.



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viceroy



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PostPosted: Thu 08 Feb 2007 09h28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seem pretty plausible.

Open up PVR, unplug old HDD, plug in new HDD, Close up PVR, start it up, go to menu and select format HDD.

I don't see how the buffer time increased unless the software dynamically allocates an amount of drive space depending on the size of the HDD


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mibloem



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PostPosted: Thu 08 Feb 2007 17h22    Post subject: formatting Reply with quote

No apparently the PVR can't format an empty drive. You need to use a utility that can format the drive to FAT32 above 32 GB in a PC first.



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viceroy



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PostPosted: Fri 09 Feb 2007 10h13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm. Still, quite a nice prospect once the warrenty is out the window


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cheaptrick



Joined: 19 Jul 2007
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Jul 2007 23h06    Post subject: Changed Maxtor 250 gig drive to Seagate 500 gig drive Reply with quote

Upgraded with 500 (7200.10) seagate hard drive partitioned 1 gig, 200 gigs (buffer) and remaining for time based recording. All 3 partitions are FAT32 and active strangely. Used windows XP to partition drive and a small utility fat32format.exe to format partitions. I now have 173 hours for time based recording and still going to check buffer time if it has doubled to 4 hours. The original drive was partitoned 1 gig, 90 gigs and 140 gigs Maxtor drive set to CS (cable Select). The Seagate is set to Master. Haven't had one freeze up and also the unit is running cooler than with the Maxtor. I used to experience a few freeze ups before weekly now it seems to have vanished. Cheers guys


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Meulenaar



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PostPosted: Thu 01 Nov 2007 22h12    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do I get hold of that utility, fat32format.exe? And how exectly do I go about replacing the HDD? Or do I simply open up the PVR, unplug the HDD and insert the new one after formatting it?


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mibloem



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PostPosted: Thu 01 Nov 2007 22h38    Post subject: Reply with quote

you need to plug both drives into a computer first to copy the partitions and data from the first drive to the new drive.



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cjoubert



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PostPosted: Thu 06 Dec 2007 09h53    Post subject: What type of HD in the PVR Reply with quote

What type of harddrive is in a PVR? ATA, or SATA?


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KobusL



Joined: 09 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Dec 2007 11h40    Post subject: Re: DIY PVR Upgrade Reply with quote

mibloem wrote:
FAT32 IDE harddrive can be installed in the PVR.


That would be P-ATA. Laughing


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Meulenaar



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PostPosted: Fri 07 Dec 2007 17h24    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do I get hold of that utility?


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