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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?

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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.... :)

robotek

Posted on May 06, 2008

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