File transfer from old DVR

  Dragon_Heart 20:59 22 Sep 2010

Our Digital Video Recorder has recorded it's last ! The hard drive is still OK so I need to transfer some of the old programmes still left on the drive so we can watch / save them.

Understandably the drive does not use Windows FAT or FAT32 etc format so I am unable to simply connect it to my PC.

I could save it via VHS tape but it will degrade the signal quality.

Any ideas ?

  robin_x 21:22 22 Sep 2010

I looked into ripping my 2 yr old SAGEM PVR HDD at some length with Googling. Also discussed with other SAGEM owners.

Someone did identify that the HDD has 5 non standard partitions. But then had to stop his own investigations for time reasons.

The overall conclusion was that nobody could be found who had solved it.

SAGEM units have (somewhat flaky) USB sockets and it is possible to export recordings, but only one at a time at about quarter speed. ie 30mins for a 2hr film. Depends on bitrate of course.

It is not possible to transfer avi or ts or mpg files back into the unit unless it previously exported them.

Other manufacturers are different. Very latest models have ethernet connection and are much more flexible. They seem to be £200-300.

Check your unit in specialised forums
eg click here

Good luck.

  Dragon_Heart 22:11 22 Sep 2010

Mine has 2 'non' standard partitions.

The idea of checking in specialised forums was a good idea, mine was not on your link but tried avforums and
click here

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