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Old 01-29-2008, 09:43 AM   #1
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I have a Direct TV DVR Reciever that has a few shows that I recorded onto it. I was wondering if there was a way to get a PC to read the DVR hard drive? I've connected the hard drive to my computer and the computer reads it but it says that the DVR Hard drive is not formatted. I guess I could just capture the shows using a capture card but I'm just wanting to know if there is a way to copy the files off the DVR onto my PC.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:20 AM   #2
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Hmm... the only way i have heard of his the video capture card.
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I have a Direct TV DVR Reciever that has a few shows that I recorded onto it. I was wondering if there was a way to get a PC to read the DVR hard drive? I've connected the hard drive to my computer and the computer reads it but it says that the DVR Hard drive is not formatted. I guess I could just capture the shows using a capture card but I'm just wanting to know if there is a way to copy the files off the DVR onto my PC.
Yes PC's will read them. However the filesystem on the hard drive is like ext2 or ext3 and you will need a pc running a distribution of linux to read it.
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So I would need this then:

http://www.fs-driver.org/
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So I would need this then:

http://www.fs-driver.org/
give that a try
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give that a try
Hmmm.... that didn't work. I'll to see about getting a Linux system.
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try the ext3 instead of ext2

http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/
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try the ext3 instead of ext2

http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/
The program is reading it as a FAT32 system. I am unable to browse the hard drive.

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/e...nux_reader.jpg
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Hey guys,

If I use this Ubuntu software and install it onto my computer, I should be able to read the DVR hard drive, correct?

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
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yea but you will have to delete everything on your hard drive to install ubuntu.
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Thats ok. I was already having Windows XP activation problems (see my thread in the operating systems section) and I don't have alot of files to backup anyways so I may give it a whirl and see if I can read the friggin DVR hard drive.
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Or you could Just use the Live CD, might be a little slower but it will save you from a format.
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Well last night, I was able to access the DVR hard drive. I installed Ubuntu on my computer and was able to do so. There are a series of folders containing files in them with the extensions .STR. These are the largest files that I have come across so one has to assume that these files are the media files.

Upon my googling research I have found that there is no media player that can play these types of files. I was going to transfer one of the files onto my usb hard drive but the operating system was having trouble detecting the drive. Something about the drive needed to be mounted or something.
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