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So do you see any problem if I pulled my working drive, put in a new, larger one as a test to see if it works, with the idea of putting the original drive back in after to finish watching shows ?
I wouldn't risk that. When you put back the original drive, it may get formatted. I'm not saying it will, I'm just saying I wouldn't risk that happening without watching all the programming first.
 

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I wouldn't risk that. When you put back the original drive, it may get formatted. I'm not saying it will, I'm just saying I wouldn't risk that happening without watching all the programming first.
I could do the test on that spare 630 I have in the closet - it doesn't have anything on it anyways. Thanks for the advice
 

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I could do the test on that spare 630 I have in the closet - it doesn't have anything on it anyways. Thanks for the advice
@tvmaster: I think you need to have the new drive connected to the receiver via ESata in order for it to format before replacing it. I am pretty sure that the original drive will retain it's data while both are connected.
 

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So you would format a drive you mean to use as the INTERNAL drive EXTERNALLY? That seems odd, but it would be easier I suppose? Anyone else do this lately?
 

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The best, and really the only way I have got recent newly hard drives formatted is to use a working 630 receiver. Place your new hard drive in an eSata case and let your 630 bootup with it connected. With it connected this way you will be able to format it. Once the format is complete you can put that hard drive as an internal drive in any receiver that needs it.
 
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