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#871714 - 22nd Apr 2014 8:44pm Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs
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Didn't want to hijack another thread about this so started a new one.

Question I've got about Sky+ box (HD) - Its in need of replacing as it freezes every so often and then takes an age to reset sometimes upto 20minutes.

Problem I have is the programs I've recorded on Sky+ need to be kept as daughter has a few issues and will often have a "meltdown" if she cant watch a program etc (she's not a brat, but I do wish that was just the case frown )...

Can this be done? Can the hard drives be taken out and swapped?

Ian


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#871717 - 22nd Apr 2014 8:47pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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No the hard drives cannot be swapped, certain program's can be copied depends what they are and what channel
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#871718 - 22nd Apr 2014 9:03pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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Mainly Cbeebies / cartoons...

I'll just start buying her favorite ones on Itunes and deal with the epic hissy fits when she wants something that's gone.

Suppose if I cant swap the hard drive I could swap my daughter...she's six, slighty fauly but comes with a car and DLA payments smile

I'm already going to hell I'm just after a better seat.

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#871719 - 22nd Apr 2014 9:09pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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Its about upgrading the hard drive to a larger size but its the same as your asking how to swop a failing drive for a new one.

Be sure of your make and model.

google
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#871724 - 22nd Apr 2014 9:24pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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You can swap but the recordings will not move to,the new drive,
Or the new sky box,

They are heavily encrypted,

You can however copy as much as you like from the sky box to a DVD recorder
If it's recorded from a freeview channel
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#871725 - 22nd Apr 2014 9:27pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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Premium content , shouldn't be able to copy,

Also be aware no engineer will swap a box if the drive is missing
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#871957 - 23rd Apr 2014 11:46pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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I don't think he wants to copy from one hdd to the other, I think he wants to know if he put his old hdd in a new box, would his programs still be there on the new box using the old hdd?

[edit] - complete guesswork here, but I would have thought that if he is using the same viewing card and hdd, then he could use a new box and retain everything that was recorded.

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#871968 - 24th Apr 2014 8:05am Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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Originally Posted By: emelec
Mainly Cbeebies / cartoons...

I'll just start buying her favorite ones on Itunes and deal with the epic hissy fits when she wants something that's gone.

Suppose if I cant swap the hard drive I could swap my daughter...she's six, slighty fauly but comes with a car and DLA payments smile

I'm already going to hell I'm just after a better seat.


like Mark said google Clicky
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#871975 - 24th Apr 2014 8:41am Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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Thanks for the replies and the link Mark...I just need to find someone IT savvy to do it.

I may need a new hard drive anyway as if its causing problems would this be down to the hard drive.

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#871983 - 24th Apr 2014 8:57am Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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Its hard to say until its done.
There could be a second issue !

Can you not just buy the Box Set on DVD as a treat wink (if Available).
And then you have time to resolve the HD Box issue.

Would sky not replace the Box?
Its worth calling them, they refused for me, so I left there TV package, and then got the begging calls to come back. Damage done and never missed it.

I think Sky do sell reconditioned boxes with a 12 month warrantee if I remember but don't hold me to it. Or even ebay.

I remember when I got a new box I had to call sky to match the viewing card with the box serial number. That was a few years ago.
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#872030 - 24th Apr 2014 3:40pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: Mark]
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Originally Posted By: Mark
Can you not just buy the Box Set on DVD as a treat wink (if Available).


There's a lot of different programs on the Sky+ box, some of the stuff is years old...

I'll manage it somehow, thought I'd ask the question whilst another topic was going about Sky.

Unfortunately my daughter has severe learning difficulties and as a result has zero patience and will often have meltdowns over what you & I would think are silly things...

I've often thought about buying an external hard drive and just storing programs on that over time so were not reliant on the Sky+ box.

Again thanks for your replies.

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#872068 - 24th Apr 2014 7:29pm Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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You can buy a freesat box with PVR and you can pug it into your sky cables. These give you the option to save/copy to a usb or external drive. It can take a while its not quick.

This only works with unencrypted (None Paying) channels and not HD channels. From there I plug my usb stick into a Tesco's Tenika TV and Boom the recording is now plying on the tv.

I have a Western Digital box for streaming the programs from my free sat box up stairs. Its not a friendly as sky with regards of ease of use but very effective.

If its sky programs then your options are limited and will cost you. But you have options if you can get past the tantrum stage.

* Newer Sky HD boxes my allow you to save recordings externally but i'm not up to date on them.

Yes its all complicated but its achievable, if I had the time i would walk you through it but i'm just too busy at the moment, but I hope i've given you food for thought.

There is life after sky.

* Sky is very good at what it does but the price reflects that.
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#872358 - 26th Apr 2014 8:50am Re: Sky Box + HD : Hard Drive Swap & Copy programs [Re: emian]
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Why don't you just download (from the internet) the programmes onto an external hd? I do this with my sons programmes, put them on the laptop then just hook that up to the TV

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