After buying the security bits and the 750GB drive MONTHS ago I finally got the list down to the shows i could live without seeing
It only took an hour or so to swap out the drive and then was the scary part... I plugged everything in and connected the power .... the HD sounded like it was just about to start then stopped (no lights at all) i unplugged and repeated same thing. After the 5-6th try the lights scrolled once and stopped. I waited and nothing. unplugged again the lights scrolled 2 times and stopped after 3-4 more trys and the lights scrolling and freezing it booted up and was able to do a factory reset with erase ... and call for the auto hit!!
NOW I HAVE 537 hours of SD or 134 hrs of HD
I will update if there are any issues in the next little while
Found 2 Seagate 500s on Ebay. Lots still out there.
500 installed...no problems.
Wire cutters on end turned those security screws out with no problems.
Lets keep our fingers crossed.
Glad to help if you have questions.
Thanks to all who led the way to begin with!
First time post for me to this forum. I have read with great interest the Hard Drive upgrade for the HDPVR530, which I have at home.
I have a Western Digital IDE Drive (500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm EIDE w/ 16MB Cache WD5000AAKB ) at work that is sitting idle. Is there a reason that the drive for the *C PVR has to be Seagate drive and not another IDE drive?
Just decided to do a test, since no one has commented on this. I've purchased a 1TB WD 7200rpm 32mb cache SATA and a hard drive enclosure. I connected a USB cable to the header and ran it out of the box. The hard drive enclosure has it's own power supply.
After installing I followed intructions for factory reset, sent a re-hit online. After everything reset, I now have 723hrs SD, 180hrs HD.
So far I've recorded 5mins and played back. Success!!!
I'm now going to try a few longer recordings. I'll post my results shortly.
I have tried two different external drives connected to the board header and had the same problem with the receiver locking up. I then bought the recommended 500GB internal drive and followed the instructions on the 1'st bunch of posts on this thread and have not had a problem since. It gives you 88 hours of HD which is plenty. Maybe someone else that had luck with an external dive can help you our more, it was just too easy to do the internal install and be done with it after two failed attemps.
I seemed to have problems with the original 160 gb drive in my 530. When I looked at diag R it showed 0 gb free even after a format. I happened to have a segate 60 gb 7200rpm available and gave it a try thinking what have I got to lose. It was originally formated for linux ext3. Anyway it installed and works fine! My wife says it's quite a bit faster also. Now it's at least usable until I have time to find a larger hdd.