Copy Programs from SD-H400

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  1. c293716

    c293716 Member

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    Hi,

    I have been doing some spring cleaning during the quarantine and found my old Toshiba SD-H400 unit and was trying to figure out if there was a way to get the programs off of it. Given its lack of networking options and no current TiVo service, I figure the only way is to directly plug the hard drive into my computer, but I have no idea what programs/resources there are to extract the files from there. I do have kmttg installed, but it's not clear to me if the "FILES" option would be able to read from the hard drive directly. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Teeps

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    kmttg may work.
     
  3. HerronScott

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  4. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

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    good question, I'd bet it does not.

    the only other way to get programs off would be through to port the video/audio to a capture card or dvd player/burner.
    that would be in real time.
     
  5. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I found another post that indicated it could but that may require more than the basic service it came with (ie upgraded to lifetime before they stopped supporting it).

    Scott
     
  6. c293716

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    So I pulled the hard drive and plugged it into my Windows PC but it doesn't appear to be recognized. I've read there might be a tool called WinMFS but I'm not sure if that will help here or not.
     
  7. Teeps

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    Recorded program data on the hdd, far as I know, cannot be viewed (on a monitor or TV) outside the motherboard from which it was recorded.
     
  8. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    If you only have the Basic Tivo service on the SDH-400, you can't access the shows over the network. Unless these are home movies, it's probably not worth your time. Just watch the shows from the SDH-400.

    Set up a tripod and record the shows off of your TV screen with a smartphone or other video camera.
    Look for another Series 2 tivo with lifietime service online and send the output of the SDH-400 to the input of the lifetime Series 2, but macrovision might prevent that.
    Look for a DVD recorder online and send the output of the Tivo to the input of the DVD recorder, but macrovision might prevent that.
     
  9. ThAbtO

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    WinMFS will not help you here. It is only used to backup and restore Tivo drive images, not get shows off.
     
  10. Teeps

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    I have heard that this method works because the output signal is analog and macrovision does not care.
    If the OP's tivo has component output (YPbPr) that would probably work too, if a video capture card is used.

    The down side to either method is the dubbing is done in real time.
     
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  11. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    Macrovision is an analog thing, it does not apply to digital.

    It would be worth trying though, because some devices don't fall for Macrovision's tricks. There used to be video processors that would defeat it, but they might have gotten hard to find. (Try googling "defeating macrovision".) Everyone that cared about that sort of thing has pretty much gone on to ripping DVDs and Blu-rays.
     
  12. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

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    Well that's what I get for thinking something I read/heard on the internet was true.
    Apologies to the OP...

    But yes, he/she has nothing to lose by trying...
     
  13. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I sent the composite output of my premiere to the composite input of my Humax Series 2 with composite input and was able to record and watch the show. The Humax Series 2 allowed me to enter in a title for the program before starting the recording. But it the recording was done in real time as you stated.
     
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