R15 to DVR40 hard drive change?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by rgp1842, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. rgp1842

    rgp1842 New Member

    Jan 8, 2008


    I did a stupid. After 4 years my Tivo DVR40 remote started getting flakey. Deciding it was time to upgrade to more disk space and all the latest and greatest, I upgraded to a Directv R15. (Not knowing that I would loose TIVO)

    Installed the R15 and spent the next week pressing reset at least once a day, and calling DTV support at least once a day (never had to hit reset on my DVR40). I offered to send DTV a list of at least 50 bugs in the box, but they weren't interested in improving their product.

    Tried to return R15 to DTV, but they said, sorry - you bought it ($99) you got it - we wont take it on return, and we wont send you a new R15.

    So I went back to my DVR40. Looks like I am stuck with a $99 R15 boat anchor! But wait, maybe I can move the 120 gig hard drive over to the DVR40!

    My question is, is it possible to move the 120 gig hard drive from the "piece-o-s___" R15 to the DVR40, keep the Tivo programming/firmware, and gain recording time?

    I am an electronics geek, and have built many PC's, so I can deal with putting the DVR drive into a PC if need be. Also, I'm a little smarter about DTV/Tivo than two weeks ago, but need even more education regarding my options at this point.

    Thanks for whatever you can provide in the way of assistance or direction.

    Tivo Fan
    Hood River, OR
  2. rminsk

    rminsk TiVoted TiVo User

    Jun 4, 2002
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  3. codespy

    codespy Go A-Rod (Packers)

    Jan 6, 2006
    Packerland, USA
    Yes you can move it to your DVR40 and re-image it.

    I did this because I had an extra R15 door stop, but it had a Seagate 160gig drive in it (unit was brand new).

    I threw it in an extra HDVR2 I had and introduced my folks to TiVo. Ran for 14 months but crashed hard 2 weeks ago. Drive is now toast. Dad lost his recordings and is bummed out.
  4. rock_doctor

    rock_doctor resU deretsigeR

    Oct 22, 2000
    See if you can warranty the drive w/ Seagate, they have a 5yr warranty. They many not do it as it was not originally sold to you but give it a try. It will only cost you a phone call.
  5. rgp1842

    rgp1842 New Member

    Jan 8, 2008


    Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.

    It turns out one can call DTV 5 times and get 5 different answers. When I re-registered my old unit last night, the rep said they would send me a "return kit" to return the R15. He said I am just "leasing" the box (for $99?). I wonder if I will get a refund or not. In any case, this will henceforth be known to me as the "$100 DTV Gotcha".

    I will probably upgrade the DVR40 with a bigger drive using the instructions in the link above.

    Thanks again for the quick responses.


    p.s. Please see new post from me regarding getting a tivo box that will drive a 480i hi-res wide-screen tv

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