With help from a number of you, I made the decision to play with my DTVPals and their drives. To refresh the story, I have 2 DTVPals, one is pretty old and I will refer to it as the "old" DTVPal. The other has not been used and has been stored in my basement for about 3 years for when my old DTVPal failed; I will call it the "new" DTVPal. When I first got the new one, I unboxed it and it seemed to work.
But, now when I tried the new one it would take a really long time to boot up after power on and then in live TV mode it freezes up almost constantly and is useless.
I experimented with both DTVPals, removing their drive and seeing that they worked pretty well that way. At least I think they both worked without their drives, but my memory is shaky on that.
However, after learning to remove the cover on the old DTVPal, I decided to remove the cover on the new DTVPal, too. Then I ordered a 1TB internal disk drive to see if one of the DTVPals would work with a new drive. However, while I was waiting for the drive to arrive, I tried the new drive in the old [edited this because it was backwards before -- thanks, wiscojim] DTVPal. There was no change in the bad behavior and I was pretty disheartened. Then I reversed it: on a lark I tried the old drive in the new DTVPal. Bingo, it works. I cannot figure that out and would appreciate any clarifications you might have. However, I am sure that this paragraph is truth and not a result of bad memory or mistaken acts. But this paragraph does not seem logical to me.
I have not opened the 1TB drive and am trying to decide whether to return it in a week or so after I have more experience with the old drive in the new DTVPal.
Brian in Atlanta
Edited by zerowords - 2/8/13 at 3:32pm