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Old 01-29-2008, 10:43 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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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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