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Old 12-17-2007, 06:24 PM   #1
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Reading a Bush PVR hard drive - UDF Format?

I have a bush PVR (DVB-T) with a 80Gb hard drive inside that is nearly full. I wish to archive a lot of this for future reference. Not having 80 hours to waste burning DVD's in a seperate recorder, not to mention the poorer quality of the recordings, I am looking for a way to read this data on my system.

Apparently the disk uses a UDF filesystem. Attaching it to the computer showed no data in the MBR. There are utilities to read this disk under another product, but I have not got a copy less than ten years old.

I am awaiting delivery of another hard drive that I can experiment with, i.e. record something and try to find it and if I bugger the recording, so what. It would be nice to know if anyone else has tried this and got anywhere.

Many thanks

Old 12-17-2007, 07:13 PM   #2
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External drive?

Why wouldn't you take the hard drive and place it into an external harddrive shell? It is my understanding that storage devices that are connected via USB have to go through a process that defines the media storage and in this case the UDF would be read. It may call it a DVD drive but eh?! so. Doing this with a larger harddrive connected internally, you can transfer all data and then reformat the UDF drive... this should not require any other software.

UDF should be read only... leave it that way.

If I am wrong, please tell me.
Old 12-17-2007, 07:56 PM   #3
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Thanks. I didn't think of a HD enclosure - to used to bunging drives in the machine for quick and dirty fixes.

I only want to read the data from the drive onto my machine. I have no intention of modifying it in any way.


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