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#777855 - 18th Mar 2013 8:22am Are Hard drives universal fitting?
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hiI have recently seen on e-Bay various makes/models of Freeveiw Recorders for Sale which seem quite cheap,but are sold without Hard drives installed. Are Hard drives a universal fitting? Are they the same as a Hard drive from desk top pc and are they easy to install? hammer

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#777873 - 18th Mar 2013 9:23am Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: woofie]
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You have IDE and ATA (sata).
I just pulled my old sky HD box apart, to find a 500mb Sata Drive.

That is not your only concern, you need to correctly format the drive or it's UN usable.
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#777943 - 18th Mar 2013 1:36pm Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: woofie]
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Steve. As Mark said, some use IDE (also known as ATA or PATA) drives and some use SATA drives. The connections are different, so you need to find out which the unit you are looking at has. Also check whether you need 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch (more likely the latter).

IDE drives are obsolete and supply of new ones has all but dried up, so you'll most likely have to buy a second hand one.

Yes, they're the same as desktop PC hard drives.

As regards capacity, you'll get about 1 hour of recording per GB, so a 500GB drive would hold very roughly about 200 full-length standard definition movies.

When you fit a new drive in the PVR it'll usually offer to format it, so don't worry about formatting. The format is not compatible with Windows - if you take a drive from the PVR and put it in a desktop PC, it wont be able to read the files.

Are you looking at the Topfield 5810 PVR by any chance? I got one of those minus the hard drive from ebay a couple years ago and fitted a drive. It's a nice machine, a bit quirky but I don't think any of them is perfect.

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#777978 - 18th Mar 2013 3:17pm Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: woofie]
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Best Freeview recorder I've found is the Humax.

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#777980 - 18th Mar 2013 3:27pm Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: woofie]
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Think I've got a hard drive recorders hard drive somewhere from when I bought a loa of electricals and the HDD recorders were faulty so I just took out the hard drives and chucked the rest. Ill see if I can lay my hands on it. From memory it was a 500gb.

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#777990 - 18th Mar 2013 3:55pm Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: turnip]
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Thanks T. That would be great.

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#778017 - 18th Mar 2013 4:52pm Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: woofie]
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Here is a link to a handy gadget/interface/adaptor for using Sata drives on Ide computers Etc.. Also Available on Ebay.
http://www.eteknix.com/serial-technologies-sata-ii-to-ide-adaptor-review/
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#778259 - 19th Mar 2013 1:27am Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: ZipperClub]
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Originally Posted By: ZipperClub
Here is a link to a handy gadget/interface/adaptor for using Sata drives on Ide computers Etc.. Also Available on Ebay.
http://www.eteknix.com/serial-technologies-sata-ii-to-ide-adaptor-review/

These adapters can be a very mixed bag. Some work with PVRs, some don't. I had to try a few but found one that works with a 1TB SATA drive in the Topfield I have. Oddy enough, it was the cheapest (99p from Ebay, though I had to wait for it to come from China.)

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#778260 - 19th Mar 2013 3:40am Re: Are Hard drives universal fitting? [Re: MikeT]
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Thanks to all who contributed,I am always grateful for your superior intellect! I have tried to PM, but,am "Chuffin

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