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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to increase and swap the Hard Dive on a Freesat Foxsat digibox

These steps show you how to replace the hard disk drive in your Freesat+ PVR.

This is done because either the hard drive has become damaged and can no longer be used, of it you want to increase the size of the hard drive, and therefore increase the amount of programmes you can record and store on the hard drive.

Most Freesat PVRs come with a 320gig hard drive, but many people have upgraded their hard disk drive to a 1 terrabyte drive.

Note: you perform these actions at your own risk - and I accept no responsibility for any damage or errors for you performing this process.

Also note that opening the HDR voids the warranty.

1.Peel off the warranty sticker underneath the box. (Not present on all units)
2.Using Philips screwdriver, remove the three screws at the back that are holding the lid to the body.
3.Pull the lid back slightly and lift away.
4.Locate the SATA connection to the motherboard and disconnect.
5.Locate the power connection of the HDD to the motherboard and disconnect.
6.Locate the back hard disk enclosure and the screws holding it to the motherboard.
7.Unscrew the enclosure from the motherboard.
8.Locate the SATA and power connection to the HDD and disconnect.
9.Locate the screws hold the HDD to the enclosure, and unscrew and then remove.
10.Put the new HDD in place and reconnect all leads, screw on the HDD to the enclosure.
11.Replace the enclosure and screw it back to the motherboard making sure to trap the red earthing wire to the metal chassis under one of the screws.
12.Reconnect the power and SATA cables to the motherboard.

What type of hard disk drive?

These are the hard disk drives that have been known to work in the HDR, from users reports:

1.Western Digital 1Tb WD10EVCS
2.Western Digital 1Tb WD10EADS - replaces the EACS
3.Western Digital 1Tb WD10EVVS - designed for AV
4.Western Digital 1Tb WD10EVDS - designed for AV, large 32M cache
5.Samsung Spinpoint 1Tb F1 HD103UJ
6.Samsung Spinpoint 1Tb F1 HD103SI
7.Seagate 1Tb Barracuda ST31000340AS
8.Seagate 1Tb Pipeline HD ST31000533CS

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