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Donna Hall Posted on May 14, 2017

How do you change the Hard Drive on this unit?

Hi this baby has been going strong for around 2 years now, but the hard drive is showing signs of failure (pixelation, different recordings merged). Defragging doesn't do it anymore. I'm looking at this Seagate 200 gig drive that I have and would like to change it in. Is it a simple matter of swapping drives, or do I need to copy info from the one drive to the next (as is the case with Tivo)? I'd love to extend the life of this unit by changing the hard drive. Can you help? Anything I need, links are appreciated also.

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  • Posted on Jun 27, 2008

SOURCE: Philips HDRW720 HDD Formatting CD

Jeff I did find the CD from Part number 3122 785 90710
Install the new Maxtor 120G drive order the 3122 785 90017 cable to the unit and a PC and enter windows Hyperterminal program.
Power the unit on type 2107 at the Hyperterminal Prompt and the drive will format and install the demo videos to the factory settings. If you need assistants my email it [email protected].
This unit is worth the time to fix since no other on the market has the TV Guide.



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  • Posted on Jan 05, 2009

SOURCE: failure to record

Philips DVD recorders are high quality, and likewise only like high quality blank media.
This is a common issue when you use "low" quality media.
Try using these brand of discs....
1. TDK, Sony and Verbatim brand DVD+R Discs 2. Imation, Verbatim or Maxell brand DVD+RW Discs
Honestly said, as the Philips machines were set up for the DVD+ (PLUS) format (hence the +RW logo on the remote), it's best to stick to the +R and +RW DVDs.
Buy your media from places like PC World, Argos, Morissons and online at, etc, NOT eBay where fakes are!!!
Hope it helps!

tom walsh

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  • Posted on Feb 01, 2009

SOURCE: Magnavox H2160MW9 VHS tape "recording not allowed" to hard drive

RIAA has prodded the electronics manufacturers into putting copy protection into their recorders. You are allowed one copy, I believe, and you will be able to make it to a DVD-R in VR mode. VR mode protects (how? dunno) the recording from being copied a second time. DVD-RAM and DVD-R (maybe -RW) in VR mode should allow you to make your copy.
RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America



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  • Posted on Nov 24, 2009

SOURCE: drive is blocked sometimes

I have the same problem with my DVDR3440H.

I have disassambled the recorder, and I have understand that the problem is in the plastic cover of the reader box that sometimes (or always) block the drive.

at the last, I have open a hole in the case, in the top near the left side, and when the problem appear, I pull gently the plastic, and the drive open.


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  • Posted on Dec 06, 2009

SOURCE: Philips DVDR3570

I had this problem, it was solved by reformatting the hard-drive.

NOTE: if you do this, all settings and all that is saved on the harddrive is lost. But seeing that you can't start it anyway, that is acceptable, right? :)

Anyway, here's how you do it, according to Philips support:

  1. Pull out the power cord from the socket.
  2. Press and hold PREV and STOP (i.e. left and down) on the front panel.
  3. Plug the power cord into the socket again.
  4. Wait until the front panel says "FMT KEY" to let go of the buttons. Wait for it to finish formatting, upon which you will get "-- --" on the panel.
Restart the box and you should now end up at a screen asking you to set the language for the box, as if being started for the first time ever.

Also of note: if you want to restore the firmware to factory settings, Philips support told me to pull the cord, press and hold the STANDBY button, and plug it back in again. For the looping problem though, I didn't need that.


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