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Hard drive erased

Hi My year old 625 has been stuck off in the mornings some times and the only thing happening during the night that I know ofl are udates. Everything else seems fine. On Dec. 27th, I woke up & found the entire hard drive, timers, etc. cleared & empty. It records & operates properly still, but I have 150hrs of recording now & I thought it only had 100 hrs. previously. Dish says it must have been a corrupted recording. I think their updates are the more likely culprit. Any ideas. Dish recommended unplugging it every once & a while. I had always wondered that, but couldn't find in the manual where it said it was ok to do so. Too late now anyway. Thanks for any further info/help.

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The proper operation of the 625 assuming one goes to bed before midnight will have the receiver updating at the preset time-usually 3AM after which the energy conserving portion of the receiver takes over turning both tuners off. Upon waking you will notice no lights on the receiver are illuminated and once the TV is on your have a screen saver image dancing across the screen. Once the select button is pressed the receiver will come out of sleep mode and the tuner you are using will illuminate on the receiver.
As for the increased recording time this was an update that was put out last year at about this same time for reasons that escape me at present. It is unusual that the hard drive reformatted and could be faulty. If you would go to the menu and press 6-1-3 this will bring you to the system info screen. Select details and scroll down until you see the value0 through value 9 and record these figures and let me know what they are and I will tell you definitively if your hard drive is corrupted, faulty or on the verge of a crash. Hope to hear from you soon and thanks for using Fix Ya.

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All the values you reported indicate that there is nothing wrong - according to internal self diagnostics- with the hard drive. I live in the South Eastern US near Jacksonville Florida and down here the heat sometimes can cause a system to behave oddly. With that being said I have never had a system that is healthy behave in the manner you describe. I checked for the last update and that was on November 6, 2008 and should have been the L531 version. The hard drive erasure should have only occured if you had the full 100hrs of record time available when you did the reset and therefore would have deleted all timers. Therefore if you did not notice the recordings being available prior to the reset and then missing immediately thereafter the deletion of the timer itself could lead one to the conclusion that it had actually deleted some anticipated recordings which did not take place at all since the timer was erased. One can never predict with perfection exactly how all will behave as there are bound to be some anomalies falling below the radar.
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