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This might be tough to deal with. You have to remove the disk from the unit and connect it to a computer just to see if you can repair it. The software that runs the disk might be proprietary and that is what you need to find out. If it is not, you can copy the data on the drive to the computer and then format the drive and replace the data but IF THE DRIVE has a hardware failure then there is nothing that can be done to save the information
open up the unit and remove the hard disk. If you have a desktop, connect the drive like you would any other hard disk. If the drive does NOT show up under My Compujter, then the format is proprietary, and all you can do is back up the drive with a program like Acronis True Image (you must have more free space on your hard disk than the DVR's drive size...if the DVR has a 500G hard disk, you need 500G of free space on your desktop drive). If the drive DOES show up with a drive letter under Computer, then create a directory on the C drive and simply drag and drop all the files from the DVR hard disk (E: or whatever it makes itself) to this folder. The files may still be in a proprietary format and unplayable though. If you are trying to play the files on the computer, I suggest using VLC player. It plays almost everything in the universe.
THE DVDR3455H HAS A COMMON PROBLEM AFTER A FEW YEARS THE HARD DRIVE GO BAD, IT WONT BOOT UP
99% OF THE PROBLEM WITH THE PHILIPS DVDR3455 IS THE HARD DRIVE.
IT WILL KEEPING REEBOOT OR IT WILL HANG ON THE PHILIPS LOGO.
IT IS NOT A FIRMWARE PROBLEM IT AHARD DRIVE PROBLEM.
ONE THING YOU SHOULD KNOW, IF THE HARD DRIVE IS BAD YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE IT WILL NOT READ THE CD OR DVD DISK.
AT THIS POINT IT NOT LOOKING FOR A FIRMWARW DISK BUT IT LOOKING FOR THE BOOT UP SOFTWARE.
OR THE LOAD CD WHAT PHILIPS CALL IT.
SOLUTION REPLACE THE HARD DRIVE WITH THE LOAD SOFTWARE INSTALL ON IT.
THE HARD DRIVE IS SOLD ON EBAY JUST LOOK FOR DVDR3455H YOU WILL FIN NEW DRIVE READY TO INSTALL THAT WILL FIX YOUR PROBLEM.
It sounds like you have a hard disk failure.... I found this info
.....The consensus does seem to be it indicates HDD
corruption and your recordings will probably not be salvageable.
(Supposedly it was recently discovered that some variant of Unix-Linux
is able to pull files off Pioneer drives, but I have not yet seen a
detailed report on how to do this- it may turn out to be urban legend.)
If all else fails and you are willing to risk losing the drive
contents, you could try removing it, connecting it to a PC running
Knoppix, and deleting/replacing the TV Guide-Timer system programming
(this gets corrupted fairly easily during power spikes). Go to the
"Pioneerfaq" website for details how to do this and assistance
obtaining the service disc and remote emulator. You may need help from
someone who knows Linux/Unix commands: the instructions are basic and
do not include information on how to delete the corrupt software from
an existing drive, only how to install it on a fresh drive. I think its
worth a shot to reverse-engineer a delete-reinstall: if I came across a
unit with this boot-wait problem I would definitely try it. If the
Knoppix command line is edited correctly, it should be possible to
delete the damaged TVGOS-Timer software from the boot partition and
re-install a new copy WITHOUT touching the partition that has your
recordings on it. Then you might be able to reinstall it in your 533
and get it to work long enough to copy the contents to DVDs.
Chances are the drive is completely hosed, tho. I have had both
earlier Pioneer models, 510 and 520, pass thru my hands with similar
symptoms. Those units do not have any Pioneer software on the HDD that
would get corrupted: the drives simply tank. Once replaced with new
drives, both recorders worked perfectly for their owners and are still
going strong a year later. DVD recorders are not full-scale PCs with
semi-automated maintenance routines: their operating systems are very
crude and all it takes is a couple of bad sectors to appear on the
drive for the recorder to totally trash it. Doesn't happen often, but
it does happen.....
You can see more about Pioneer HDD failures at this forum. Hope it helps you. If all else fails, then its off to Pioneer e-mail or call at (800) 421-1404.... :)
If you put a disk in and all it does is click several times, it's more than likely the spindle motor. It's best just to replace the DVD drive. Recording in the default high speed
mode tends to cause the spindle motor to fail over time. Usually in a very short period of time. It's best to set your record speed to the standard mode to avoid premature failure of the spindle motor.
Okay. I found that there IS a manual release for the disc tray
UNDERNEATH the unit. It is a sort of toggle lever that you have to
slide to the other side and that releases the disc. The Manual does not
even mention this manual release lever!
Also, it may be hidden or covered by a paper like cover.
Once I cleared the disc out, I was able to re-set and re-start the unit.
Yeah, the pickup is bad, definitely. Especially by the clicking noises you're hearing. I have no idea why the local repair centers won't look at it, possibly they might not be authorized to repair LG/Samsung?
Call LG again and tell them about the service centers that are giving you excuses and LG will talk to the service centers themselves. It makes the service centers look bad and they'll usually look at your unit.