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HR10-250 HDD died.. help?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by mtxrooster, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. mtxrooster

    mtxrooster New Member

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    So yea.. I have a HR10-250 unit (never owned D*, bought it used originally to tinker with, but then found my $5 garage sale purchase was a free HD Tuner for an older CRT analog tv!). Been using it happily for quite some time now, but the other day, the HDD died (yea, I know it's the hdd, you can hear it click-click-click-clicking).

    I've read some posts here and there, in fact prior to posting, this forum even recommends threads based on your title - The first, seemed so promising, where a guy said free tools to fix this are under "Tivo Upgrade Center Forum" here, which, far as I could tell pointed me to a sticky that was primarily for Series 1 devices, with 'early series 1 support) (link-->http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=198444)
    That doesn't seem like what I need.. Stock HR10-250 has.. a 250gb drive..

    I've also seen instantcake options, a $40 cd to fix a $5 device, which, from what I read, may or may not still have free solutions around. So that's what I'm inquiring about. Does anyone know where I can find said free tools to conjour up an image to slap on a 250gb (or less??) hdd? I don't really NEED that large of a size - can't utilize the pvr/dvr portion of the unit anyhow.. Just need the OTA/device back up and running..

    Unlike so many other posts here, I'm obviously also not interested in cloneing/copying my existing drive - Heck - It's bad.. If it weren't bad, I'd just clone it and not be in the pickle I am now anyway..

    To review: Hdd died. Need tools/image to make a new drive. 250gb or less, if possible. help? ty :)

    Google took me to this page: http://www.dvrupgrade.com/dvr/stores/1/lba48.cfm

    I decided to wing it, burnt the cd and booted with it.. Seems to mention support of my hr10-250, but includes no text the the six F keys about actually using the tool(s). I found this hisdale guide, which also mentions yet another tool cd (http://www.newreleasesvideo.com/hinsdale-how-to/index9.html) - But noticing in his guide, there is no mention of going from nothing to a 'factory ready' drive.. It's all about backing up one or two drives onto a new one or two.. No 'fresh install' mentioned.. Thinking this is going to be a problem? Do the tools contain the files for a new install? If not, how can I acquire them/it/whatever? :(
     
  2. shwru980r

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    You might as well just buy a DTA OTA converter if you are going to pay for a new hard drive. You would get guide data information for each channel and the box is much smaller. The other option is to look on Craig's list for a cheap tivo S3/HD or another HR10-250, but you won't get any guide data.
     
  3. Matt L

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    You need the disk image for the HR10-250, I know in the past they were out there to download for free, it's been quite a while but I found them when I needed. If you have a junk hard drive that is big enough, it has to be 250g or bigger you can do it, but I certainly would not put too much money into it.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2011 #4 of 14
    mtxrooster

    mtxrooster New Member

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    Yea I have a fleet of old drives less than 500GB in size.. Even buying a new 500Gb drive, though, is still cheaper than buying a new OTA HD tuner :( But again, having a replacement drive is not an issue.. Finding said image is, however.. Where/what should I search for? Are we talking about an actual image file, like an ISO, or what exactly?
     
  5. Feb 2, 2011 #5 of 14
    litzdog911

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    mtxrooster

    mtxrooster New Member

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    Yea, that's the problem though.. Those links you provided, while I appreciate it, as mentioned earlier all want to sell me pre-made hdd kits, or sell the software to do it.

    I'm looking for the free tools, which you did list a couple as well, but those require you to have an existing HDD. Those tools only rip the data from one HDD and place it on another. I need something to either create a new hdd, or to place an image OF a new hdd. I have no existing hdd to use. Someone earlier mentioned there is a tool that does this, but I've googled myself mad trying to find a tool, or someone's writeup who SAYS tool 'x' can create a new hdd disk for the hr10-250, and found nada. :(

    To be honest, and I don't really want to blow $$ on a commercial package like instantcake, I'm not even sure IT will create a new image, all the tut's I've read talk about hooking up the old drive you want to replace first. Again, not that I want to go the pay route, cuz I don't.. I'm not a cheapskate, I want to re-build it on my own, and it's just being used as an OTA HD tuner, nothing more. Looking back, I wish I'd have made a HDD clone of this drive when I first picked it up.. Wouldn't be in this jam now had I done that. But.. Here I am, imagless currently, lol :( So to recap, looking for a tool (free) that will build an HR10-250 image one way or another. (from scratch, from existing image, what-have-you)..

    Thanks,

    mR
     
  7. Feb 2, 2011 #7 of 14
    litzdog911

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    InstantCake is the way to go.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2011 #8 of 14
    Matt L

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    I too did a quick search for and .iso image for the HR10-250 and it seems to be much harder to find than it used to be. I downloaded 1 or 2 over the years. but have no recollection of the site that had them.
     
  9. Feb 4, 2011 #9 of 14
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  10. bpratt

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    A few years ago I built several Tivo disks. I was looking through some of the old Tivo files and found that I have a backup for version 3.1.7 and 6.3f. I also have a Linux boot CD that you use to restore the operating system to the new disk. I also have several copies of Linux instructions I used to build the disks. Another thing I found was a 250 Gig disk that is marked Tivo single disk system.

    You can have all this stuff if you will pay shipping. Let me know.
     
  11. blueice888

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    Did anyone find an image for the hr10-250? I went through my old images...Have everything from a series 1 to a Hughes series 2...but can't find an image for my HR10-250. Drive completely died. I guess I may not have made an image.

    I am not paying $39 for a instantcake...rather buy a used one for less than that and create and image and have a backup.


    Or if someone has a Zipper Cd I wouldn't they could make me a copy of?

    Thanks,

    Peter
     
  12. walzo73

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    i also have same problem
     
  13. walzo73

    walzo73 New Member

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    i nned an image for Drectv Hughes_HR10-250
     
  14. unitron

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