A normal Sky+ box would have a PATA disk, not SATA. So unless you have an adapter board installed, you have a PATA drive.kungfuman228 wrote:I currently have a normal sky+ box which has had the hard disk upgraded using a 750gb sata WD 'ecogreen' type drive. I believe 80gb of this is reserved for anytime and therefore have about 670gb for my recordings.
Drive would need to be SATA, and destination box would need to be big endian (most HD boxes are big) AND the box can **NOT** have the new Darwin software release.1. can you just swap the hard drive out with the one I have now and it will still recognise the recordings? I think the box is a Amstrad DRX280 (from the compatibilty list) therefore has 'big' endian format.
Assuming there is sufficient free space, yes.2. If possible, will anytime now take up 250gb instead of the 80gb?
Copy+ does all it's own formatting, so it is pointless to format the drive first.3. If this is not possible, will the workaround this be: 1. Back up my existing recordings onto my PC. 2. Insert my 750gb into the new sky+hd box and perform a FSR so it will format the drive correctly. 3. Remove the hd from box and copy back the recordings onto the drive?
All HD boxes will function with a 1TB drive or one type or another, subject to it being "compatible".4. I will contemplate upgrading to a larger drive, am I understanding correctly that at the moment most 1tb drives are compatible with most of the sky+hd boxes (leaving 750gb recording space)?
Correct - And I only recommend a drive over 1TB with a Darwin upgraded box, as otherwise you will get recording overwrites with any new recordings until such time as you receive Darwin.1.5tb/2tb drives are only compatible with the newer Amstrad boxes but I will need to have a fiddle to get the box working with a beta version of copy+ and I wont be able to restore my existing recordings.
Your existing box is an Amstrad DRX280 which is SD.kungfuman228 wrote:ah right, so if i manage to get a non darwin box, then by plugging in my existing hard drive, this should correct the planners and should therefore future proof it when the darwin upgrade comes.
SYSF version number on the system details screen.Last question, how do i tell if the box i get has darwin installed?
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