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Hard drive not recognized

If you replace you hard drive in a stand alone dvr - can the hard drive be installed straight from the box or will it have to be specially prepared - like formatting etc.

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There will be bespoke dvr software on the drive, this would need to be transferred to the new drive. there may be bespoke formatting as well, check the makers web site

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