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Pioneer DVR-633H-S hard drive problem

I was copying a program from the hard drive to DVD when I got a screen saying "Wait a moment". Well, the moment lasted 15 minutes. I ejected the disc, but "wait a moment" was still there. It also would not switch to DVD, it was stuck on the hard drive. I unplugged it, plugged back in and still no change. I disconnected all cables and unplugged. Still always back to "wait a moment". It sounds like the hard drive may be corrupt, but I don't know for sure.

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Do the Reset to factotry settings,hold two buttons same time {STOPand STANDBY}on front off your unit and unplaged the power from the wall same time.wait like 5minutes,and pluged back the power,this my work,did work for me.

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Loading and closing in altenance (1 min. cycle) Pioneer DVR633 H

The easiest thing to check is if a button is stuck, either on the unit or on the remote.

If that's not it then it is probably a sensor gone haywire. Try unplugging the unit when it's open, blowing air into it to remove any particles that may be in way of the sensor. (I hate recommending that option. Little pieces can get blown around and cause more problems. It's MUCH better to open the cover and try to clean it out that way.)

Apr 06, 2009 | Pioneer DVR-633H-S

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DVR633H timer recording screen inaccessible

I had the same problem. Contacted Pioneer tech support, they had me send the machine in even though it was out of warranty; apparently a hard drive problem that they were researching. They sent it back with HDD replaced, worked again.

Sep 08, 2008 | Pioneer DVR-633H-S

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I have just purchased a pioneer dvr-lx60d dvd recorder with a 250 gig hard drive built in . i would like to know how to back up my dvd collection on to the hard drive .?? can you help. the player wont let...

i have played a dvd movie in my laptop computer(Toshiba dvd player) it has played
but when i try to ply it in my desktop computer(LG dvd player) the disk is not opening do you have a soft ware or suggestion to solve this problem

Jul 13, 2008 | Pioneer DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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Errors burning to 1x to 16x DVD-R

I have had much luck recording on off brand 16X discs as follows:

1) Record a "dummy" program on the hard drive, need only about 15 or 20 seconds.

2) Put a blank disk in drive, and COPY that dummy program to disk. Do not finalize.

3) After a minute or so, window will come up and say "Cannot
complete copy."

4) Now while above window on screen, click HOME MENU, COPY, New program list, Select your movie/program to copy, go ahead and finalize, and START.

5) Think you'll find this is successful, however there might be some brands of blank disks that won't work.

6)Let me know if it works for ya. JGIDUSKO@CFL.RR.COM

Jul 04, 2008 | Pioneer DVR533HS DVD Recorder with 80GB...

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Pioneer Dvr-633h-s

This idea may work when a multitude of devices become erratic in function, display info on the screen that is incorrect or just won't work at all.

Lightning strikes near by (even with the device connected to an isolation strip) power interruptions and excessive heat can cause electronic equipment to mal function.

Do the following:

Make certain that the device has ADEQUATE VENTILATION!

Remove all dust from the grill in the back of the unit in the fan location.

Un plug the device for at least 24 hours and permit any stored current to drain from the unit.

Then restore current to the device.

If the problem persists, plug and unplug the unit several times, observing the change in the screen, until the info there changes to the proper display.

If this does not work, you need a tech assist.


Jun 28, 2008 | Pioneer DVR-633H-S

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Hi, The hard disk on my pioneer 633h-s does not appear. When the HDD button is pushed, it says disc not present. I cannot access it on memory. Does this mean the disc is damaged?

Hi 031641

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.... :)


May 06, 2008 | DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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Cannot record DVD-R's

I could not record DVD-R's on my 633H.
Calling Pioneer I was told that I had to use DVD-R's rated no more than 4X.
I ordered 4X DVD blanks and have not had a problem since.
However, when I told the service man at the hi-end store where I bought the unit what Pioneer had said and that it fixed my problem, he said it was baloney and to bring it in and he'd have them fix it - that it should handle DVD's supporting higher write speeds.
I didn't take it in as the 4X blanks are cheaper and I don't want anyone mucking around in my machine when it is working OK..

Oct 30, 2007 | Pioneer DVR-633H-S

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Dvd recorder wont finalize etc

The DVD drive works harder when trying to record the info faster. As the unit ages, tracking is less precise. DVD-R copies occur at 4-16X real time. Try DVD-RW disks which copy slower (now that the price has dropped substantially), and you may find that your aging drive can still copy programs from the HD to the DVD.

Oct 16, 2006 | Pioneer DVR-530H-S DVD Player/HDD Recorder

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Sometimes this can be cause by a intermittant power strip or extension cord.. Check it out and please report back?.

Oct 05, 2006 | Pioneer DVR-633H-S

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