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Replacement Hard Drive

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    Gozoman

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    My Humax Foxsat PVR is starting to play up so I'm assuming that the hard drive is failing. I have reset it and formatted it but it's still starting and stopping during playback so is a real pain. I have ordered a second hand unit which apparently hasn't seen much use as it was only ever used in a mobile home so hopefully it will last for a while. Regarding the failing one I have I'd like to replace the hard drive and take the opportunity to upgrade it from 320GB to 1TB. I know that a certain type of drive has to be used, AV or something but was wondering if anyone has did this recently and can recommend the best 1TB drive to use? Cheers.

    | Mon 14 Feb 2022 20:54:55 #1 |
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    A 1TB WD Purple drive should be fine. You will need a Jumper on pins 5 and 6 to slow the drive to 3 GB/S. 1TB is the maximun supported by the Foxsat.

    | Tue 15 Feb 2022 6:52:22 #2 |
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    Gozoman

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    A jumper on pins 5 and 6! I'm looking for a direct replacement not something where I have to muck around with jumpers! Have read a lot of bad reports about those purple drives anyway.

    | Tue 15 Feb 2022 20:47:46 #3 |
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    Not easy finding a 3 GB/s drive now days, Especially one suitable for CE/AV use.

    | Wed 16 Feb 2022 7:02:09 #4 |
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    Martin Liddle

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    Gozoman - 19 hours ago  » 
    A jumper on pins 5 and 6! I'm looking for a direct replacement not something where I have to muck around with jumpers!

    In that case I think you will need to buy a second hand drive which can be tricky to get one in good condition.

    | Wed 16 Feb 2022 16:27:11 #5 |
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    From personal experience, dont bother with second hand hard drives - I've had no luck buying from ebay/computer fairs.
    Fitting the jumper is no more difficult than fitting a 2 or 3mm screw.

    | Wed 16 Feb 2022 21:03:47 #6 |
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    Vincenzo

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    Hi,
    I just joined this Forum a short while ago as I bought a Foxsat-HDR off eBay for £39 complete with remote and even the user manual all in very good condition.
    I got it as although my Hisense TV (not particularly happy with it and wouldn't recommend one!!) will record to a USB stick, you can't do any real schedule recordings easily, so the Humax is a good solution.
    As the Foxsat-HDR is over 12 years old with probably it's original 320GB HDD, I did come looking for a suitable replacement and found this post, so I will be looking to get a 1TB WD Purple drive, and I would just like to say a big thank you to REPASSAC for this info, and I can certainly manage the jumper, even though I see someone else didn't like doing it, and to be honest, if you can't do that, then you really shouldn't be opening the box to change the HDD!
    Then! I discovered that there was the v 4.1.3 custom firmware upgrade, which I'm not sure now if I found here or another forum?
    I know some of you may have seen this firmware for a lot of years now and helped with it's development so are use to it, but I'm a 72 year old retired electronic technician and I've upgraded/installed a lot of firmware/hardware with all sorts of equipment over the years, but I can honestly say I think the Custom Firmware is fantastic, especially the Web Interface, I can tell even the various icons have had a lot of work put into them!
    So as I say, I'm not sure if I got the link to the v 4.1.3 firmware here or elsewhere, but again I would like to say a very big thank you to all the developers and testers of it over the years, I'm very grateful for all your work!
    Vince.

    | Fri 15 Sep 2023 15:42:05 #7 |
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    JimCraddock

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    Hi Vincenzo,
    I have just been down this route with my Foxsat-HDR. My drive seemed to be on the way out, and would intermittently not boot up and/or faile to record/playback. I had read that the Foxsat could be fitted with a 2TB drive, and ordered a Seagate ST2000VM003 Pipeline fro Amazon (brand new and sealed) for £27. Removing the old drive was straightforward, partitioned the new drive with 4 Ext3 partitions (the main one being partition 3 for the video recordings, fitted it in the Foxsat and now I have 1.72TB of usable drive.

    Hope this helps!

    | Thu 21 Sep 2023 16:58:35 #8 |
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    Vincenzo

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    Hi JimCraddock,
    Thanks for the info, I have been looking at other hard drives, so good to know that the Seagate drive you bought works fine and it's a good price as well!
    To be honest I was not really looking for a lot of storage, just a good quality replacement, as at the moment the original 320GB drive seems to be working fine, but as I'm very pleased with the Foxsat-HDR I'd like to have a new drive in 'stock' if the old drive started to fail.
    Anyway, thanks again for the help and information.
    Vince.

    | Thu 21 Sep 2023 17:28:05 #9 |

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