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reyball: The 630 won't recognize an unformatted internal hard drive. You should put the original drive back in, then put your new drive in an enclosure and connect it via eSata. It will format. At that point you can put it into the 630 and it will be recognized
 

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@goalsgo - I've never personally upgraded the internal hard drive (and I must mention, doing so would void your ongoing warranty ;) ). I know my old manager had tested it a couple of times for fun, but I'm honestly not sure which drive he used. I would imagine a PVR rated SATA hard drive without an enclosure, but since this isn't "officially" supported, I'm not 100% comfortable commenting. Sorry!

Edit: I would honestly just upgrade to an 830 - there's still a $100 discount for the return of your 630, making it $199. Depending on the drives you're looking at and the cost, it might be more worth it when you consider the warranty void, and the lack of features coming to 6XX in the future (lots planned for 8XX though!).
 

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Thank you for your kind response. We have one 830 but we happen to prefer the 630 for the following reasons:

* front facing clock
* red indicator light when recording
* red indicator light when signal loss
* component video output

That's why we would like to keep as long as possible, knowing full well warranty would be voided.
 

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@goalsgo - I've never personally upgraded the internal hard drive (and I must mention, doing so would void your ongoing warranty ;) ). I know my old manager had tested it a couple of times for fun, but I'm honestly not sure which drive he used. I would imagine a PVR rated SATA hard drive without an enclosure, but since this isn't "officially" supported, I'm not 100% comfortable commenting. Sorry!

Edit: I would honestly just upgrade to an 830 - there's still a $100 discount for the return of your 630, making it $199. Depending on the drives you're looking at and the cost, it might be more worth it when you consider the warranty void, and the lack of features coming to 6XX in the future (lots planned for 8XX though!).
Does SD simply exchange a bad 630 under warranty for a new or refurbished 630 then? Also, if I wanted to upgrade a 600 to either an 800 or 830, what would that cost?

Sorry if I’m a bit off original topic.
 

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Defective receiver replacements are always refurbished (unless we don't have any refurbs in stock at the time) - a 630 to 830 swap would be a new 830 unit, though. Eventually 630s will be swapped with refurbished 830s as the refurbished 630 stock continues to deplete.

We don't have an official trade in program for the 600s at this point - the PVR trade up program was introduced really because of the hard drive increase on the 830 that would be enticing for 630 users (especially those still on 320 GB drives).
 

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Hi folks,

I accidentally unplugged my 630 while it was recording, and it looks like the drive is pooched now :-( Needless to say, I have a sad. The good news? It was dead empty, so I did not lose any recordings. But I've lost my timers, right?

I have a Samsung 850 PRO 1Tb SSD that I think I want to try, as I would like more space than stock anyway. Would someone be able to tell me what number Security Torx bit (e.g. T10) this takes?

I am also a little confused about formatting and re-auth. My 630 tunes seems to all of the channels right now, but I will lose that when I drop the new drive in? Or is it that I lose that when doing the 4-9-8-8 "big reset" trick? Can I do an online "hit" to get past that? Sounds like people see the drive formatting after the "hit".

With a broken internal drive, I think I cannot use the external drive trick to get this formatted - is that right?

Rob T
 

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A cheap set of Security Torx bits can be purchased at Princess Auto for about $10. It will have the size required. They may be available at other hardware or auto stores.

Upgrading the 630 to 1TB is possible. Not sure if the SSD will work. I would perform a fresh format on a PC first.

The reset will erase all settings. I would install the drive, perform a full reset, tune to the promo channel and try an online authorization. I had to call when I did mine.
 

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I finally pulled my 630 out of my rack and had a look - I was barking up the wrong tree. "Security Torx" is like a regular Torx bit with a hole to fit over a spike in the screw. This screw is roughly the opposite of that. I don't have a Princess here, so I looked at a few auto parts stores. I found some smaller E-Torx (E = external), which are opposite of Torx, but they are the wrong shape and won't fit. So I can't open the case :-(

I think I found the Newelectronx toolkit that was mentioned, but it is out of stock, as is anything that looks like it has the right bit :-( Has anyone found a tool or a toolkit that works on a place like Amazon?

Edited to add: Ah - A Nintendo Gamebit search worked. Ordered.

Thanks,
Rob T
 

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Glad you found it. The set I mentioned has a number of different style bits in different sizes. They are also available on eBay for under $10 but shipping takes 6 weeks.
 

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@rob_t I replaced my stock drive last year. The hardest part was the torx screw. I didn't use the Gamebit, but the set I ordered had a bit that almost fit, so it took a decent amount of elbow grease to loosen. anyway, when you put everything back together, use philips screws. I posted a step by step guide last year on this forum. Here is the link to the post

https://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/3024729-post173.html
 

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Thanks, @frenchophile - I saw your steps. I am under the impression that I can't use them because my internal drive is pooched - I expect I would not be able to attach my new drive via eSATA and get it formatted. I would enjoy being corrected on this, and I realize it might be worth a try. My magic screwdriver arrives sometime today, but I leave town for a few days tomorrow, so I am likely not going to get to this until I get back. Not much I hoped to record that I can't find online, either.

Take care,
Rob T
 

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Back in town, gamebit screwdriver in hand, and got an eSATA case. I thought I'd try plugging in the eSATA case with the SSD to see if the 630 would offer to format it - nope, not astonishing but unfortunate :-(
I guess the only thing is Option-4-9-8-8. Is there a way to confirm that the external drive is recognized as something useful? How do I do "Diag R"?

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I have the SSD in the 630 now. When do I do the Options-4-9-8-8? And maybe tell me again exactly how to do it? After a reset from holding the power button, the box displays "strt", then "runo", then "hold" and then displays video, and then after awhile, it report there is no hard drive installed. I start hitting Options-4-9-8-8 as soon as I see video and keep trying, pressing Exit to get out of the Options menu that always comes up when I hit "Options". This is just not working for me :-( Is it really this hard? Does this still work for firmware 56.05?

Or is this the time I do a reauthorization?

Update: OK, got into the menu (still not sure how or that I could do it again) and did a factory reset. I wasn't sure what to do with the erase/preserve "CSS installation data" - I chose to preserve. What is that? The box came up on CPAC and I issued an online reauth. Waiting to see if I can tell when that takes effect.

Update 2: Well, my guide is back, my channels seem back, but I have not seen an offer to reformat the hard drive and the status shows "no internal hard drive". What now?

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It looks like the SSD is not being recognized. There may be a way to make the SSD work but I am unaware of it. It looks like it's time to try a standard 1TB hard drive. I would go for a 5400 RPM 2.5" drive with 128MB cache.
 

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So the Seagate ST1000LM035 & ST1000LM048, and the WD Blue WD10SPZX all meet that spec - thoughts? I have seen folks happy with the WD AV-25 WD10JUCT with a 16Mb cache - I guess the 128Mb could be better for a PVR?

And would someone comment on if there's a trick to the Options-4-9-8-8 step, and when the HD format happens?

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Some new drives have no partition set, so can't be formatted automatically.
Verify on Windows that a partition exists.
Disk Management can create one.
 

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It's probably a good idea to freshly format the drive with a single Windows partition, not sure if it's required. Formatting will ensure that a drive signature and partition table exist. If the drive has been wiped or never been formatted they may be missing and may be required. The HDPVR 630, like most PVRs, uses multiple Linux partitions so it doesn't use the Windows partition that exists an many new drives. Checking the drive with an extended SMART routine might be a good idea as well, especially if the drive has been in use for some time.
 
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