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Offline Selvan

Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« on: November 03, 2016, 06:17:47 AM »
Hello everyone,im clueless about these things.I have a DSTV pvr decoder that i dont use.Iv been told that they house a 2.5" hard drive.Can i extract this and use it as an external hard drive,and if so,how do i go about doing it?Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016, 06:32:14 AM »
open the box, take out the drive, partition and format it like any other.
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Offline Selvan

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2016, 08:33:40 AM »
And are the connections the same as any other hard drive?Power slot and sata?

Online Mervin

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2016, 08:39:44 AM »
Standard WD Green HDD
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Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2016, 08:40:03 AM »
And are the connections the same as any other hard drive?Power slot and sata?
Almost certain.
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Online Ju_dy@RT

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2016, 10:29:56 AM »
My brother in law has done this a few times...  everytime a client asks him to "dump" a broken decoder for them  ;D

He buys the empty conversion box-thingamajigs from the pc store... and then as above... format etc etc...


Offline Selvan

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2016, 04:35:38 PM »
Great thank you guys so much i really appreciate the help.

Offline XL1000

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2016, 05:02:44 PM »
Here is a thought, can one swap out the HDD in a Explora 2A (2.5"HDD) with a SSD?
Would one just "Clone" the drive?
The new explora is very noisy.
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2016, 05:42:41 PM »
franzar knows how to clone the drives afaik. 


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Offline scrarfussi

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2016, 06:29:46 PM »
Here is a thought, can one swap out the HDD in a Explora 2A (2.5"HDD) with a SSD?
Would one just "Clone" the drive?
The new explora is very noisy.

put new drive in and just format
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2016, 06:52:44 PM »
Not as easy as that.  If you mount the drive in a Linux box, there are 3 partitions
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Offline XL1000

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2016, 07:52:09 PM »
Not as easy as that.  If you mount the drive in a Linux box, there are 3 partitions

So how do I get a SSD installed? Please be so kind as to elaborate.
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Offline FranZAR

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2016, 09:15:37 PM »
Here is a thought, can one swap out the HDD in a Explora 2A (2.5"HDD) with a SSD?
Would one just "Clone" the drive?
The new explora is very noisy.

I have two Exploras and can't hear them at all. Is it HDD or fan noise you are hearing?


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Offline FranZAR

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2016, 09:20:05 PM »
So how do I get a SSD installed? Please be so kind as to elaborate.

It is easy to replace HDD, but a SSD of same capacity will cost more than your Explora, and the little "void when removed" stickers to open case will not allow you to return when it packs up.


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Offline XL1000

Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2016, 05:10:36 AM »
Ok, agreed, lets say I have insurance, and already have a spare SSD looking for a home.
Now, can a simple Clone HDD work?
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