Originally Posted by hignfy
Anyway, as a next step. I just spent a few hours and zeroed-out my 500GB drive. Now I can find try to find out exactly what's being written by the device.
A raw look into the disk reveals things like "Die Miserable Dishplayer! Die!", "DaveSystemDisk" and several filenames like "record_event_index_header", "record_event_index.bak", "Strm0001.log", "Strm0000.ifo", "trmFFFFFFFE.evt", etc. I also saw things that resemble raw .ts streams.
A google search brought up discussions
from Bell Expressvu and Dishnetwork users way back in 2004. So it appears the dtvpal uses same DVR EFS as other satellite dvr units. If that is the case, utilities like PVRdSE may work. I, however, have no previous experience with any of it. I personally have no interest in extensively hacking the unit or extracting recordings from the drive. I'm more interested in 'blessing' a 1TB drive to put into the device. That's just me.
(If it's okay with bfdtv and Ken, let's continue this on a separate thread)