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The first hardware modification was performed by son_t on the PVR 9200T to solve the slow USB transfer issue. The direct access modification to the hard disk drive inside the 9200T led to decoding of the filesystem by phew and subsequent development by others such as xyz321 and boden01.
Subsequent release of Humax boxes moved to a different hardware architecture (SATA) and OS (Linux) so hardware modification was more easily done. son_t has also performed hardware modification work on the new platforms with the FOXSAT-HDR.
9200T IDE to USB Cable Mod
The idea of a cable modification is to leave the HDD in place so that the 9200T can record to the hard disk and when you need to make a recording transfer, connect up your PC to the cable to access the HDD without removing it.
The initial phew modification used an ACARD AEC-4420P adaptor card which was permanently fixed to the 9200T case. See phew's mod for further detail.
The initial son_t modification was using a simple IDE bracket, a standard 3-way IDE ribbon and an IDE to USB device/widget. You can read more about this mod on the son_t 9200T Old Cable Modification page.
Later this cable modification was improved with a reversed IDC socket connector crimped in the middle of a IDE extension cable, which is then connected to the hard disk, 9200T and the IDE to USB device/widget. You can read more about this mod on the son_t 9200T New Cable Modification page.