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Digital PVR Hard Drive read RAW data help???

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by giinoz, Oct 10, 2008.

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  1. giinoz

    giinoz Thread Starter

    Oct 9, 2008
    Hi all. Need assistance as most all PVR's record video direct to Hard Drive (Usually stock standard hard drives streight from manufacturer unformatted.)

    If you take out the hard drive from a PVR and either plug it into your PC or use an external USB/Firewire etc to connect to pc. (With the correct connectors of course for the Hard drive.)

    It should be possible to read that data and extract it to a formatted hard drive where it can be used.

    Can anyone please provide information on the software that will do this?
    (That is read raw data off a hard drive or PVR data.)

    Niow as most all forums go you may get the silly commenters, but just for you it is possible to recover a formatted even repartitoned hard drive so the getting of a PVR's hard drive data is possible you just need to be in the know and know what you need.

    Thanks to all in advance and hope for usable replies for all.

    (Yes opening a PVR may void warranty. However if your PVR has a problem the data whatever it is on the Hard drive is Your property thus you have the right to ask the manufacturer or repair agent to remove the hard drive yourself or they do it immediatly in front of you upon presintation. Why well they will erase anything on the hard drive, possibly copy it once it leaves your hands you have no control over it or the data contains, the same with all technology that stores information handed for repair. And you will never know what data has been copied.)
  2. Mumbodog


    Oct 3, 2007
    Most PVR's encrypt the data, so even if you manage to copy the data off, it will be of no use.
  3. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

    Oct 1, 2007
    Yes, most of them are going to be very complicated to impossible to hack. The best bet is usually the analog hole (RCA (composite) or S-video out). You just need the proper capture card for analog.
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