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Fried Hard Drive

Does any one know how to replace the AV500's hard drive

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My hard drive erased

Hi kindstns,

I am sorry to hear the hard drive was deleted. This is usually relating to some kind of hard drive failure in the equipment. If this has happened more than once, or if it happens again, let me know. We may need to replace the receiver.

You can reach me here or at for any assistance!

Tommy Faust
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Aug 20, 2012 | DISH Network DVR-625 DTV Receiver /...

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Archos Av500 startup problems

its a HDD or OS failure
ull have to ask the company for a replacement if its under the warranty period
make sure to register ur device on the Archos website to get a 'Technical Support Passcode.'call Archos to tell them ur problem and if ur lucky they wud repair it free of charge
if u want to try it urself...i found this one of the forums on the net..
1.remove all the screws, and remove the battery.
2. Remove the hard disk from the player by disconnecting the ribbon connector carefully from the mainboard.
3. Try to startup the player after putting the battery back in place. This time, instead of turning off, the player showed a "cannot read hard disk" error with the option of formatting it. Made me realise that the hard disk was the culprit. However, I had heard the hard disk noises previously, and they sounded fine, so I realised it was a software issue (file system was corrupted)
4. Try to connect it back, same problem as before... Also it is very difficult to first start the player & then connect the hard disk, as the player is designed to shut off in that situation.
5. The best option after this would be to get a drive enclosure designed specifically for 1.8 hitachi hard disks to connect the disk directly to the computer using USB and format it.
6. However since I didn't have a specialised enclosure, I did a lot of trail and error with the player itself (running off mains while connecting the hard disk after starting the player without releasing the power button etc etc etc) which Im sure wasnt too kind on the hard disk, but voila, I managed to start it up fine WITH the hard disk in place without the player turning off using some weird combination of holding down the power button and connecting the ribbon on the bootup screen)
7. After this, he was able to select "format", and the player began working fine he lost all the data on the player itself, but luckily he had backups of everything!

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Jul 16, 2008 | Archos AV 500 400-Hours Video Recorder

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Hard drive failure

The hard drive on our receiver's is built in to the box and can't be replaced. Since the hard drive is failing, I would recommend backing up recordings to an EHD and then having a replacement box sent out.

To use an External Hard Drive just plug it into the receiver, format it, and it will walk you through the rest. If you would like a replacement receiver, you can reach out to me at and I will get you squared away!

Tommy Faust
DISH Social Media Representative

May 24, 2012 | DISH Network ViP622 DVR DTV Receiver /...

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Suddenly the hard drive has died and its telling us that there is no HDD to write to so carnt record. Could someone recommend a course of action or is it simply buying a new drive? if so where is the best...


Probably the best course of action would be to replace the hard drive but first you would need to find out what type of interface the hard drive is. For example IDE or SATA.
Look at the pictures below, these are 2 1/2ins laptop hard drives. Your hard drive will no doubt be 3 1/2 ins desktop type hard drives but the interfaces are the same.


I'm fairly certain that the drive in the recorder will be IDE but you will have to check this yourself.
The cost of a new hard drive is not that much these days but i would replace the hard drive with of the same capacity that was in the recorder. 80GB for example.
The cost will be between $40-$60.


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EverFocus EDSR1600/500: system loading message stays

More than likely the small fan inside has burned out. Now both of your hard drives are fried. So replace the little fan. And install one working hard drive. Ive had to do this a few times. Ask a computor friend to help you instead of sending it in.good luck

Jan 30, 2009 | EverFocus EDSR1600/500

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Archos AV500 HD Replacement

I have found someone who can replace the hard drive al they will need is the serial# from the HD it also depends on the size of memory you have. They will program the HD and send it to you with the instructions ob how to install. I will post here as soon as I receive the new HD back. So Archos lied saying you cannot replace the HD yourself.I will never buy another Archos product again. I have two the AV500 and the 605 wifi which is a joke with all of the Accessories they want you to purchase.I believe they design the products to fail so you would have to purchase their new products and all of the crazt accessories to get it to do what is supposed to do in the first place.Horrible company

Jan 08, 2008 | Archos AV 500 400-Hours Video Recorder

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Copy Movie to my Archos Fault

I am from Portugal and i have the same problem in my Archos Av500.
Please, what can i do to resolve this problem ?


Oct 24, 2007 | Archos AV 500 400-Hours Video Recorder

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My AV500 keeps rebooting, it might run for 20 minutes or 20 seconds, but that makes it very difficult to watch a recording. Everything else works as it should and it has not been dropped or sustained any...

If possible it may be the hard drive, try changing out the hard drive and see if it continues to reboot. Also try reformating that hard drive. it may be a bad logical sector causing the problem in any event look at the hard drive first and the if it is ok, concentrate on a possible power supply problem. If both of these prove to be not the problem, see if you can do a software reload or upgrade. As this might also be an OS issue.

Oct 03, 2007 | Archos AV 500 400-Hours Video Recorder

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Tivo hard drive

Here is a link to replacing the hard drive in your TiVO. Remember its just like replacing a Computer Hard Drive. I hope this helps:

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Replace Hard Drive Humax DRT 400

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