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post #1006 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2016-05-31, 09:52 AM
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So, if the 8300HD iHDD boots up, and it continues to function as a tuner, has the iHDD indeed failed? I can't record, but still have all the tuner functions, but am unsure as to what to do next?
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post #1007 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2016-05-31, 10:52 AM
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You can use the 8300HD as a tuner, and/or replace the iHDD if you can find one. (It needs to be a PATA, not SATA drive). PATA/IDE drives can be relatively expensive for relatively small drive sizes. You may wish to consider putting the money towards a 9865/NB3 instead. I would not recommend an 8642 as it's very slow under the new Navigatr firmware.

You may also be able to get some $ selling the 8300HD online, or use it as a tuner elsewhere in your home.

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So, if the 8300HD iHDD boots up, and it continues to function as a tuner, has the iHDD indeed failed?
It may simply be the STB portion that's booting. Can you hear the iHDD spinning/clicking? Clicking is not a good sign.

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Yes, I can hear the drive spinning. No clicking though. Thanks for the reply. I'm afraid I may need to buy the NB3, this 8300HD I have was one of the refurbed units from the shopping channel, it has worked well up to now.
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Sometimes a second or third reboot may get the iHDD working for a while. I had a similar issue with a very old 8300HD, which I'm now using as a tuner only. At first, several reboots would "wake it up", but after several months I could hear that the iHDD was not functioning properly - trying to restart every few seconds (chirping noise). Eventually the iHDD was completely silent.

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I see PATA/IDE drives still available for under $100 (but no really big ones). There is a thread on this board on them and how to replace. You will need a special bit for the tamper-proof Torx screws. I would certainly try that before venturing into the mess of Nextbox and Navigatr and I have a spare drive in stock for the purpose.
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Yeah, rebooting a few times seems to have things working again, at least for the time being. Thanks.

It might be prudent to shop around for an old drive. We don't need a lot of capacity, usually just a one hour show or two for a few days only.

I'm not keen on giving Rogers any more money, particularly for poorly performing machine.
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I have an 8300HD+ with a dead internal hard drive. I'm wondering if I disconnect the internal drive and use only the external will I be up and running again. The IDE hard drives are hard to find and a compatible external SATA hard drive to use as a primary hard drive rather than an expansion may do the trick.
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No, the iHDD is required to hold the IPG, recorded programme listing and other functionality. You cannot run with only an eHDD.

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post #1014 of 1014 (permalink) Old 2016-12-06, 11:26 AM
 
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I recently did this upgrade to my 8300HD. (160gb to 500gb WD pata drive.) It did the countdown - arrived at HDDF but I 'sat tight' and it continued on and rebooted.

It has been in use for about 2 weeks now and all seems well. This is a pretty easy upgrade and worth trying if you've got a drive around or can get one at a reasonable price. A #10 torx security bit and a phillips screwdriver and you 're good to go.

I found this cisco document useful - PDF Replacing the Hard Drive on a DVR Technical Bulletin:

http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/.../4023975_B.pdf

This is a direct download link - You click it and down comes the PDF - complete with pictures.

I didn't go through the whole tread here so if this is repetition - apologies.

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