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I hope that i'm posting in the right place.

Can anyone tell me if the HD in a DVD-HD recorder is the same as a HD in a computer/laptop? I don't want to open mine up as it would void the warranty, and I can't seem to find the info anywhere.

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I am certain it is. It would be far too expensive to create proprietary hardware. I haven't opened a DVD-HD recorder, but everything from Tivo and ReplayTV to iPods use off-the-shelf hard drives.
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Thanks Admin

I thought that it would most probably be the same. Just curious as I may upgrade mine to a larger HD in the future.

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just as a pointer...it may be a standard hd...but it's almost assured that it's not standard formatting....and i'm pretty sure most companies who sell the dvd recorders (i'm assuming you mean something like a tivo?)..aren't gonna make it that easy to upgrade them...i doubt they will let you have the software neccessary to format the drive and install the recorder's os on it
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Thanks dsenette

Surely I would be able to purchase a larger formatted HD from the system manufacturer. I realise that the cost may be a little more, but then I think that it may be cheaper to go that way than to have paid an extra couple of hundred for the larger system itself.
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My only personal experience here is with ReplayTV, a DVR. They use a flavor of Linux for their OS, and the disk images can be transferred to the new drive, or they are widely available on the net. Seems like communities have sprung up around most of these to offer tools and tips for making the process painless. Legally, I'd guess it's a grey area, but I haven't heard of any companies objecting.
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