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How can I copy all HDD's data in LG HDD/DVD Recoder RH1888HS by my computer or Laptop?

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If the unit is under warranty...DON'T DO THIS.

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.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

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    If the raw hard drive (such as from a LG plasma TV with inbuilt PVR hard drive) shows up unallocated space in acronis true image, then you might need to try something like Roadkill RawCopy. I have used RawCopy to copy a good hard drive from a LG 50PB2DR plasma tv, but have not yet tried hooking up the 'cloned' hard drive to the LG tv. Hopefully the clone works so that at least it is a way to 'backup' the recorded video from the original drive. LG is somewhat bad for not showing the public how to get recorded video content off the inbuilt PVR hard drives.

  • Kenny Dec 02, 2011

    Just wanted to confirm that the Roadkill RawCopy software successfully cloned the hard drive from my LG 50PB2DR plasma TV. I fitted the cloned drive inside the TV (SATA connection) and all the video contents showed up and played properly. This at least allows the video contents of the original to be stored for safe keeping. This isn't the same as transferring files from the PVR hard drive to a PC, but it is at least a method of 'backing up' the video content for cases where you don't have a way to transfer individual video files, or if you don't have a way to read proprietry file types. The only issue now is - what happens when my LG plasma TV breaks down? In that case, I wouldn't be able to view the video contents anymore from the inbuilt PVR hard drive. So thanks (or rather - no thanks) to LG on that possible issue. So hopefully we get a good samaritan out there that will one day provide a method to export LG video data from PVR hard drives to some well-known video format that can be played back on a computer etc.


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Clonezilla onto a new drive. Don't pfaff about with commercial software. Don't forget to set one jumper to Master & one to Slave and revert afterwards.

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