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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2016, 05:29:34 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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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2016, 05:54:45 AM »
I'd have thought popping the drive into a Linux box and duplicating it using dd would do the trick.
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2016, 06:31:09 AM »
I'd have thought popping the drive into a Linux box and duplicating it using dd would do the trick.

Surely it means one must have a program or instruction that will copy everything incl hidden data?
Linux sounds like an probable solution.
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2016, 06:37:57 AM »
^^^ that's what dd does..bit for bit duplication of the entire drive.  It can be saved to an image file and then written to another drive of same or larger size.
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2016, 07:27:37 AM »
Surely it means one must have a program or instruction that will copy everything incl hidden data?
Linux sounds like an probable solution.
I am a light sleeper and I can hear this damn HDD even over the sound of the Air-con.

There are three partitions on the original drive. Two small ones and a large one where the recordings are stored. If you replicate the partition sizes with something like PartitionMagic on the new drive and copy all the data in each partition to new drive it will work. The large partition determines the recording time, so if you have a larger partition on the new drive, it will show more available recording time.

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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2018, 03:32:58 PM »
Sooo, have you attempted replacing with a SSD? Curious to know the outcome..

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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2018, 03:37:01 PM »
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2018, 09:58:25 AM »
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2018, 08:40:19 PM »
:BWAHAHAH: trying to convince the wife that we should cancel DSTV altogether..working on a Raspberry PI project now and hoping the result is worth it:pray:

What in particular are you working on ?

I ditched DSTV quite some time back, decision was made that much easier by the fact that we don't really have a rugby team any more
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2018, 11:07:15 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?

If the Explora drive is formatted as exfat you should just be able to clone it in windows... pop the new ssd and it will work fine - not done this specifically with an explora, but I did change to SSD with a Xbox One no problem. I doubt you would see any performance increase tbh, however it would obviously be silent if thats your issue. My explora the biggest noise is the fan - not sure if the fan is for HDD cooling mainly though. Maybe you could ditch it with an ssd?