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2014-09-27 02:25 PM
Dr Den Here is a link to my photo of the installed drive.

Good luck.
2014-09-22 10:52 PM
rexseven any luck with the photo. Id like to mod mine as well.
2014-09-19 03:23 PM
57 You don't have enough posts to start an album here:

What you can do is upload a photo to a photo-sharing site and copy the URL to a post here. Since you have fewer than 10 posts, your post containing the link will be under moderation until a mod approves it, which usually happens pretty fast.
2014-09-19 03:03 PM
Dr Den Having trouble finding the right place to add an image to my reply. But what I ended up doing was drilling two small holes in the side of the chassis at the big round ventilation hole. The two small holes were spaced so as to accept mounting screws located on the edge of the HGST drive. So the drive is attached to the inside of the case by these two screws (with lock washers) and hangs there. The power and SATA cables were attached and the I closed up the case and rebooted the Pace. I had to reboot it twice to get the PVR screen to come up showing a program I'd recorded during the testing of the drive. Now the PACE is in service on our living room TV. So far there has been no mention of any replay problems from my wife who is the main user of this PVR.

PS: The FAQ mentions clicking on Manage Attachments in the Post Reply dialog... I can't locate this button.
2014-09-06 04:43 PM
TechGuy8 Take photo on your HDD mount. I am sure that members are interested in how it turns out. You may produce a mounting kit for it if you can make it cheap.
2014-09-06 03:00 PM
Dr Den Yes, I got the Pace free from my sister-in-law and noted that it supported MPEG4 programming. My older Motorola PVR's can't display MPEG4 channels, so I thought I'd give it a try.
2014-09-06 02:38 PM
TechGuy8 You just upgraded yourself a PVR with mpeg4.
2014-09-06 02:30 PM
Dr Den
Upgraded PACE DC758 successfully

I just read billdag's message about adding a laptop drive internally to my refurb 758 and thought I'd try it.

I bought an HGST Travelstar drive (500GB, 7200 rpm, 32MB cache) for $70 at Futureshop and formatted it for NTFS on my iMac. Note that the drive would not format on the PACE right out of the box.

After formatting I connected the drive to the Pace's internal power supply and SATA connector (the one going to the external connector) and it formatted successfully. I tested by recording a half hour of HD programming and playing it back.

So now I have to manufacture an internal mount for the drive and I'm good to go.
2013-04-15 01:43 PM
frosty vibe Thanks for the great tips guys!

I was able to re-purpose a 500gb Comstar external HHD that has a USB 2.0 interface to a PVR expander.

I took apart the original HDD which has a Hitachi HDD inside, I then went the local computer store and bought a Vantec NST300 which has USB 2.0 and e-SATA for $25.

The first time I hooked up the external HDD, it didn't work and the PVR seemed to have erased all the previously recorded contents. *panic*

So I unhooked everything and followed the instructions very closely and waited the proper amount of time for each step then viola!

The PVR was about 86% full with about 16 hours of HD recording on it. Now's down to 15% and I figure I should be able to have about 100 hours of HD contents.

One minor side effect of the upgrade was the "info" for the existing shows were erased, so it only shows the titles but no summary/plots anymore. The new recordings are all fine.

Thought I'd share my experience.
2012-12-03 11:00 AM
Using 2.5" SATA HDD with the Pace

Any hint on how to setup 2.5" SATA HDD with the Pace DC758?

I think it may have timing issue. When I used the Pace USB port to power the 2.5" SATA HDD, the Pace never detect the drive. When I switched the 2.5" enclosure to use external USB power, then turn on the Pace after the HDD, the Pace detects it. Is it by-design? Anyway to avoid the external power adapter?

2012-06-17 01:22 PM
nuckscelts Haha. For sure. Also I am running a western digital 750G hard drive in a nexstar 3x enclosure, its silent. Dont hear it at all even in a silent room
2012-06-17 01:11 PM
Jetranger Great news, thanks for sharing. Moral of the story when trying to connect a stubborn external drive: try, try again.
2012-06-17 12:37 AM
nuckscelts I took your advise, re did all steps, and let this external boot for a good 3 minutes, it paused on a05a for 2 minutes, then went to a41a then booted up and asked me if i would like to format the hard drive (was so stoked) I pressed okay, and it said "Unable to format hard drive" Perhaps this wasn't meant to be hahaha. Jeez. ever had this problem?

Update, thought I would retry, it all booted up, asked to format right away, and worked successfully. all is working well. Thanks so much guys.
2012-06-16 11:48 PM
Jetranger Did you try waiting longer on Step #3? I would suggest a minimum of 30 seconds and probably more like a minute or even longer. Just a suggestion as I have had that happen on occasion but I don't have your specific model of PVR.
2012-06-16 10:01 PM
nuckscelts I cant think of anything. I bought a brand new wd 750gb sata drive put in the enclosure. And followed all those steps.

The format step never happens. It comes up on the small digital screen? Mine does a few codes then the button turns red
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