i Purchased mine off of ebay, its a US box, but shaw activated it (i had a little trouble, took about 2 hours of arguing.
this explains quite a bit about it, (A PM from Felgar)
|Felgar wrote on Yesterday 10:45 PM:
On AVS there's precious little information on swapping the 6208's HDD with a bigger one. I think this is mainly because the boxes are all rented and fear of reprisal from the cable stops expirementation.
Well up here in Canada we're required to actually purchase the box if we want it, so aside from voiding the warranty the consequences aren't as severe. Anyways, I'm hoping you can shed some light on upgrading the 6208 drive.
1) You simply ghost the old drive in the box onto your new drive and away you go? The larger space is recognized by the 6208 when the new drive is installed? yes it is
2) I've heard talk of the box having safeguards against tampering - do you know anything about this? So far, im waiting for an email from my friend that works for motorola, asking about this
3) What are your experiences with the firmware handling the extra space. Does it recognize free space properly? Do you seem to be able to record as much extra content as you want - I'm wondering if a TOC or other mechanisms to keep track of the info might overflow as a result of the box having so much more space than it was designed for.
If you can shed any additional light on this I'd really appreciate it. The 6208 just became available yesterday and I'm really contemplating buying it but the small HDD is definately going to be a problem unless I can correct it. Thanks again.
It recognizes the extra space, the only thing is once youve exceeded 80GB of data, the guage that tells you how full the HD is goes past the 100% mark and says you have negative hours of. it is almost like adding a bigger hard drive to Tivo. the only safeguard that this has is a metal box that holds the 80 GB HD, which you have to use a crobar, or something like it to open the case. in the firmware, it doesnt look like there is any safeguards. my cable technician came out because my other box (Motorola DCT2524) needed fixing, (shaw got a new guide and Shaw-on-Demand wasnt working with it), so he checked both of my box, the only thing he said was adding a new hard drive would do was void your warranty. when you open it to add the box. right now i have filled it to 182% (recorded a couple of movies) it works perfectly.
Any more Questions?