Need help unlocking a DVR Hard Drive for normal use.
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07-03-2020, 02:56 PM -
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So.. i have this useless DIRECTV DVR which the government where i am from banned it from my country (VE) and i want to use its internal 500GB HDD (Seagate) on my desktop computer, my real question is, how do i unlock the hard drive? my desktop computer wont even recognize it when I plug it in on my MOBO SATA port, is there any way to unlock the hard drive? would u be kind to show me a tutorial? I need it to store some games. Thanks.
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07-03-2020, 03:58 PM -
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Try GParted Live

Windows does not nativley recognize many formats

Make a usb and go
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07-03-2020, 04:38 PM -
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Nux, try plugging that disk again. Then type in Computer Management. Then on left side panel, click on Disk Management. Check if that disk is recognized in that window. It would be look like Unallocated.
Here is the example that what it would like:
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07-03-2020, 06:43 PM -
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The HDD can be encripted at BIOS/firmware level, if that's the case you'll need to do a low level initialization, the best free program I know for this is HDAT2, it's in text mode and not exactly intuitive but it gets the job done (also be aware that it's a slow process).
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07-08-2020, 03:52 AM -
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Thanks everyone, Ill try that and let u know :cheers:
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08-01-2020, 04:12 AM -
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Well that did the trick, TBH i thought it would never end. Searching all over YouTube and reading some tutorials, i accidentally came across with this bootable tool called hiren's BootCD 15.2 which allows the HDD to be detected, although it wasn't easy, took me a while to figure this out. Problem was the Seagate drive wasn't spinning at all and that's No Bueno and second the freaking thing was locked! Fortunately i still have the DVR around (I never said i gave it away), cause without it, its virtually impossible to unlock the FKN drive, those DirecTV Corporate basterds [Image: uzi.gif] XD just look at the mess they made me do
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By putting the drive back to the DVRs motherboard and turning it ON it starts to spin at some point, then by "hot-swapping" the SATA cable back to my silly computer and executing a command line with HDAT2, to be more specific 'hdat2.exe /w' and messing around with a few tweaks it automatically unlocked the drive. Now, i dont know how this whole thing worked, im no expert but im happy it solved my problem.
Thanks Pinky [Image: yes.png] GParted Live is a nifty tool, it definitely took me to the right direction and i will use it to fix some of my faulty crappy hard drives i have in the future. All this trouble for 500 puny Gigs, but it was worth it Tongue CASE CLOSED cheers
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08-01-2020, 04:19 AM -
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I'm glad to hear you sussed it all out!
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08-01-2020, 06:55 AM -
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(08-01-2020, 04:19 AM)qedeshim Wrote: I'm glad to hear you sussed it all out!

Thanks! Big Grin i had some issues booting up, the drive was making weird noises and the bios had a hard time recognizing the drive, i was freaking out[Image: bomb.gif] I changed the generic SATA cable and used the original one just in case and after a long wait i managed to boot into Windows 7 and went right to disk management cause the drive never showed up in windows explorer, i saw the drive was offline mode and for some reason it had 3 partitions i have no clue where the heck they came from even tho i wiped out the drive before, i dont know if that has to do with anything. I put it to online mode, deleted the partitions, created a single one, formatted it and now i have a 465 allocated Gigs more on My PC, good riddance  [Image: clappingorange.gif]  sorry but I felt the need to share this XD
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