How to Get Free Hard Drives From Old DVR's Boxs!


Introduction: How to Get Free Hard Drives From Old DVR's Boxs!

About: I am just a person who loves doing crazy and fun things... I always love to try to innovate when I can, and share any new discoveries I find... That is why I have recently started recording my shenanigans ...

You heard me right, have an old junk DVR lying around..? Well before you toss it out crack the bad boy open and see if their is a brand new hard drive in their for the taking...

If the box can record by itself then you should find a hard drive in their... They do vary in size though...

 like the one I got before this one was only 80 GBs... But the one I get from this DVR is a decent 320 GBs maybe not the best size on the market but what can I argue..? It was completely Free! And never better models of DVRs have even larger hard drives in them just waiting to be plundered!!

Time to get some practical use out of some otherwise old Trash, so grab your Specialized Star Bits and lets get cracking!!

Also if plugging the Hard Drive into your computer doesn't cause it to instantly work, please stick around as in the second half of the video I explain how to fix that... (In Windows)



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    Hey I just recently searched my DVR for a hard drive and I don't know if this one is compatible or not could you tell me if this is or not?


    Brilliant - following your video instructions it only took me a couple of minutes to get a FREE 500Gb Hard Disk which was previously installed in an old video recorder.

    You deserve 5 gold stars and a happy smiley face as a reward

    from uncletony in Scotland

    awesome info.....I just took one out of an old dish network receiver without any a 500GB Seagate for a spare PC......YEAH....thank you

    This is awesome! I recently recieved several old dvrs from a friend, and I've been wondering what to do with them.

    One tip I have as a more experienced site user: Try to keep your titles concise and free of unnecessary exclamation. This makes the how-to appear more professional and increases your views.

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    Ever crack them open yet and see if thier was anything good in them..?

    I haven't had a chance to yet. I will as soon as I get back to the workshop. (I'm traveling for a few months)

    Ah I see... Well if you have some scrape metal from the covers you could try what I did and make some plate Armour out of it. Hear is a Tale guard...


    I just did this over the weekend, previous tenant left a DVR, I happened to be building a new computer. Popped open the DVR and there was a 320g SATA western digital drive. Awesome score. Formatting it was tricky find in windows 7, but fairly easy.

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    Awesome, it's nice getting treasures out of old scrape isn't it..? XD

    Most of my projects are made from scrap and salvaged materials!

    Same here, it is a great way to save money... Just ask my Frankencomputer XD

    The matter is very interesting, but the video is impossible to watch because of the shaking of the camera. Please let it be still, I'm dizzy.

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    I do apologize, when I get enough money I am going to buy a actual camera instead of using my phone, so I'll be able to have the stability issues fixed, and hopefully make more proffesional videos.

    I had to do things the other way around to fix a DVR by changing and upgrading the internal HD.

    Well done!

    PS: All the partitioning/formatting etc are straight forward in LINUX

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    Good to hear, I don't have much experience working with Linux, but I do know that their interface is a lot more user friendly... I guess that is just one example XD