You can do that with every other unit that has upgradable drives. (i.e. Tivo/Replay) and the Sony uses 250GB drives. I don't think this is an issue at all. I think that the software just has some security mechanism in it to prevent any drive swap at all. A copy of the original partitions may be enough to get around that.
I rented a 6412 from Comcast to record programming and then take the box in my motorhome to watch programming in areas of no reception. I think Comcast in their wisdom has defeated me. If the service cable is disconnected it will still work on recorded shows until the first time it is powered down then, unless the box is connected to the service cable I get the "service momentarily" message even if I just try to access the contents of the hard drive. Does anyone know of a way around this? Comcast says there is no way. I'm dissapointed. I only got the box for that reason. Thanks in advance for any help.
This was just discussed in another thread. Presumably, when the box powers on, it needs to determine whether you're authorized or not. Since it cannot get its feed, it cannot validate you, and therefore waits until it can.
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