Originally Posted by PeRFeCK
hmm i see! well i'm a little lost why windows wouldnt recognize the drive as already formatted with data on it at least, wouldnt the SA 8300HD use a simiar file system/structure?
Similar, sure...in the sense that there are probably directories, and files, and an index table that keeps track of where the data is physically stored on the platter, etc.
In that sense, all file systems--Linux, Mac, DOS/Windows FAT, Windows NTFS, etc.--are similar. But "similar" does not equal "compatible". Try sticking a Linux-formatted hard drive in a Windows box, or an NTFS-formatted hard drive in a Linux box. Without special applications or operating system extensions, those OSes won't just automatically read each others' file systems.
Now imagine that someone were designing a hard-drive based storage system that they intentionally didn't *want* anyone else to be able to read, to prevent the stored data from being duplicated and distributed to others. It's relatively easy to do. Futher suppose that same someone combined their proprietary, undocumented file system with undocumented encryption for the data stored within that file system.
The result is that even if you could write an app to detect and interpret the file system, the data representing your recorded shows would still be gibberish.
Further, the encryption key is different for every 8300HD out there, so if someone else figured out how to read the file system and managed to crack the encoding for their box, they wouldn't necessarily be able to tell you how to decode the data from your box.
Doesn't mean it can't be done. Just means it's likely a lot of work. If someone's managed to do it, they're not bragging about it here.