Thanks very much for your detailed guide on upgrading the HD in the DCT6416.
I went through the procedure with the upgraded Parted Magic and formatted a Western Digital: WD5000AVDS-63U7B1, 500 Gb drive with the MotoSTB_1TB.bz2 image file and at the end of formatting it showed a drive capacity of about 465 Gb. I then installed it in a DCT6416 phase 3 running Cogeco S/W Ver. 78.55-A28po-51008-r-2, and firmware ver. 26.43 . After installation, the drive only showed as 320 GB, with a recording capacity of about 160 Gb.
I noticed an earlier poster was successful at Cogeco but with an earlier version of firmware, perhaps with the updated firmware they no longer permit upgrading?
Thanks for the reply. Guess I didn't read the whole thread, thought it would format up to, rather than only a 1 T drive. I have 2 boxes so will have a go at trying the external drive format before I buy a 1 T drive. Merry Christmas.
Get an error message, "The use of an external hard drive is not authorized on your account. Please remove the external drive." Guess I should have read the entire thread, this has probably already been done before too.
Finally went back and read the whole thread and realized how instrumental you were in making the process possible and how you got your "handle". Thank you.
I'm now up to 3 DCT6416's from ebay and have 2 500 gb drives so have ordered a 500 gb formatted replacement drive from Palanghast Enterprises in Vancouver. The plan is to just clone the 500gb drives. Before reading the entire thread, I did an experiment last night cloning a DCT6416 formatted 160 gb onto a 500 gb WD using Parted Magic. It did not recognize the partition on the Moto 160 gb disk and refused to do the clone either as disk to disk or disk to image to disk. Since reading the thread, 2 things stand out, first to write zeros to the disk to be formatted and secondly your reference to gforu which uses a bit to bit copy in cloning.
Thanks for your work, and also TN0821, in making the process possible.
All 3 of my units are installed and activated, Cogeco is not too bad about activating third party units. Depends on who you get, one guy charged me a $15 activation fee but I went along with that as that is only one month's rental.
Now that I know the process, will pick up a 1 Tb drive when I go to Toronto next week and save the shipping charge. May also start cloning the computer hard drives as backups as well.
Thanks to your work and also to DCTNeo, I finally got a 1 TB Western Digital drive and formatted it using your procedure and it works fantastically. Cogeco is running a free preview channel, Oasis, till 15 Jan so I plan to fill the drive with that before the free preview runs out. The WD10EZRX runs at 6 gb/s and I tried to get a jumper from the techie at Tiger Direct but he assured me the drive would automatically revert to Sata 1 at 3 gb/s. I didn't trust him and manged to get a jumper from my brother so it is jumpered pins 5-6. If I had more time I might have experimented without the jumper, but it takes 4 hours to reprogram the guide each time I disconnect it. Right now I have 5 hours of HD recorded and it is indicating 3% full so that indicates about 168 hours total capacity.
Thanks again for your and DCTNeo's work, have a Happy New Year.