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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:22 am 
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I have a hard drive I was using in a satellite receiver with PVR function. It was the @Sat ECI 9500S. I'm wondering if there's anything in the Linux world that will enable me to digitally copy over the recordings on that hdd?

Any tools in the Linux world that will allow me to examine the disk to try to determine how it's formatted etc.?

I run Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.

Thanks! :-)


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YoungJules wrote:
I have a hard drive I was using in a satellite receiver with PVR function. It was the @Sat ECI 9500S. I'm wondering if there's anything in the Linux world that will enable me to digitally copy over the recordings on that hdd?
cp, cpio, dd, mv, tar, etc. are all regularly used to place files.

YoungJules wrote:
Any tools in the Linux world that will allow me to examine the disk to try to determine how it's formatted etc.?

fdisk? blkid?

Of course all of the above require the drive in question to be accessible from your Ubuntu (or other distro) installation.

What have you tried so far, and what were the results?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:53 am 
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Use cfdisk from a console to see what partition type(s) it has.
If the drive is attached as hdb, do this:
Code:
sudo su
cfdisk /dev/hdb
exit


If it is hdb and the for instance fourth partition is ntfs do this:
Code:
mkdir t
sudo su
apt-get install ntfs-3g
ntfs-3g /dev/hdb4 t
exit
then browse it with your favorite file explorer.

If it is hdb and the first partition is fat do this:
Code:
mkdir t
sudo su
mount -t vfat /dev/hdb1 t
exit
then browse it with your favorite file explorer.

I recall a friend hooking up a USB hard drive to his Dish Network
PVR, storing some shows on it and then unhooking it and
looking at it with linux. We saw some files, but they had
strange file extents (the xxx in *.xxx) and when we Googled
the extents I recall we found that they were encrypted with no
way of unencrypting them.

Cliff

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Keep in mind, alot of these DVR boxes have encrypted drives. thus you may not see any partition info. heads up in case you see this.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:17 pm 
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Thanks for the tips :D

I don't think it will be encrypted... the box is not linked to a provider so is not dish network or sky box for example.

I tried reading the disk using gparted but that reported no label.


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It could be a raw device, such as those used by some Oracle (among other) installations, in which case I don't know how you would extract individual files from it.

Searching here and Google for the make/model of the unit may give you some options/information.


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