Originally Posted by bfdtv
The recordings are encrypted, hence not usable outside of the box.
Thank you for the info. I have used this site from time to time and it has provided me with some great information on the basics of capturing video via firewire from dvr's. Thanks again!
As a quick note: With the dch6416, the port you choose for firewire is important. One works and one does not.
Now for my question regarding the dch6416:
I am looking to get the HD content off the hard drive as an image and I am a TimeWarner customer.
The back of the box has special screws that I was easily able to remove. It also has a black plastic clip that needs to be broken that shows tampering.
Once inside I see a 160GB sata drive. The power lead and the sata data cable have high strength hot melt glue holding them together. I understand exactly why this is, as they want to force you to have the drive locked, from turning it off, when you remove it. I have done those old tricks of letting the xbox unlock your drive and then swapping the data cable to a PC, with the power lead to the drive getting power from the PC and that connection never turns off. I can see that if I just replace both cables I will not have to break the glue joint, although I am not very sure if the opposite side of the sata cable in the dch6416 is a standard plug. I am not too worried about it, as I am willing to make an adapter if necessary and plug it onto the existing cable. So I am convinced that if I buy a sata cable, possibly some adapter cable parts and a sata card for my PC that I will be able to image the drive in an unlocked state on my PC. I really do not want to spend the money yet, as you say the files are encrypted and it appears you really know your stuff.
So just to be sure, are really sure they are encrypted? I have not seen a single post anywhere describing unlocking this drive first, so I am wondering how you know, well sort of anyways...
The unlocking of the drive may be so basic to you that you did not even mention it. If you are 100% sure that the files are encrypted, possibly keys passed to the box from the cable company once the box to initialized or stored on the drive or memory, etc., then you can shed any light on the encryption algorithm used and the file system and possible OS on the hard drive?
Thanks a bunch.