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Standard User Seansmit17
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 14-Jun-12 23:54:32
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BT Vision HDD


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It seems BT have now locked the drives so they cant be used in a PC.

Does anyone know if its possible to remove this lock?

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Standard User john2007
(legend) Fri 15-Jun-12 04:16:23
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A word of caution. When I bought a secod-hand Humax I replaced the 150GB drive with a 750GB one. I thought of using the 150GB as spare storage. Not a good idea. The new and replacement drives are optimised for video. The firmware tolerates transient errors. Fine for video, not fine for normal usage.
Standard User gomezz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 15-Jun-12 07:43:29
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Modern drives can be configured for AV use or for computer use using the DIP switches next to the data connector.

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Standard User john2007
(legend) Fri 15-Jun-12 08:04:16
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The old drive was IDE, the new one SATA (which meant I needed convertor to use it in my old Humax). Neither documented a switch. I rarely buy new technology so modern is lost on me!
Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 15-Jun-12 17:46:13
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i used a drive from a thomson top up Tv box in a computer with no problem.

Adrian

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Standard User john2007
(legend) Fri 15-Jun-12 18:00:19
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As gomezz suggests times have moved on. I have been lucky with drives and apart from the Humax only two others have had errors. One I repaired by replacing the rubber band which came off its spindle. The other was sold to me as new - the vendor admitted their error when I quoted personal details from its previous owner!
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 15-Jun-12 19:49:52
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I have a load of these coming in soon so I'll let you know.
Standard User bryn
(committed) Sun 17-Jun-12 19:35:47
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In reply to a post by john2007:
When I bought a secod-hand Humax I replaced the 150GB drive with a 750GB one.


That is very interesting (always running out of space here!). Is it just a simple matter of physically replacing the existing drive or are some special setup steps required?
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Bryn
Standard User john2007
(legend) Sun 17-Jun-12 21:41:20
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My model is second-hand from Amazon in 2009 (until I bought it I didn't realise they had such a market). Humax Duovision PVR-9200T to give the full name.

It's an IDE machine. It came with a 150GB IDE drive. Like a man I wanted bigger.

I looked on a UK forum ( http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1386584 ) which seems to have folded. The advice their was that a special AV drive was needed (which I searched around for).

I bought a Seagate DB35.3 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb 8MB Cache - OEM 3YR for £51.31 from overclock in late 2009.

If you have a modern machine it's probably SATA. My main problem was finding an IDE SATA convertor (less than a £5 from HK I think).

My model is well built. Five screws and the lid is off. The hard drive is secured by four screws on anti-vibration mountings. Unscrew replace. Put IDE-SATA convertor in to replaced drive.

It's a trivial job. Even in the reach of men!

If your Humax is a different model I can't help other than say look online or quote the model number.
Standard User bryn
(committed) Fri 22-Jun-12 13:56:47
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Thanks for that. I had a dim and distant memory that HDs in video recorders were different in some way, and your message has given me a type number that comes up readily on eBay. Mostly "refurbished" of course - what can they do, polish the label?!

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