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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-10-2015, 15:34 Thread Starter
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Humax to Humax.?

We seem to keep filing up our 320GB Humax PVR to 70 or 80%.So I grabbed a second hand 500GB one for £71 and await it's delivery.

But as we have a few 'precious' recordings on the old one we don't want to loose. Is there any way of transferring them onto the new PVR.?
Or would one need to set up both units connected via HDMI cables to the one TV and select each input to play or record.?

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Hi Ray

We have a Humax, a HDR Fox T2 ( freeview) box, it has a USB socket on the front. I often save stuff to a USB stick to watch in the van and transfer my own videos to it from a USB memory stick to watch on the house TV. So depending on which Humax you have you may find you can dump the important stuff onto a USB stick and load it back into the new Humax.

One rider to that is that any HD content does not seem to transfer to the van tv ...well I cant do it ( think its encoded) but it might work from one humax too another.

There is lots of help on various forums if you Google "transfer video from Humax"

P.S Just read your PS ....you can load videos into the Humax from a USB stick....it is a two way process ...in or out

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Thanks Mike.
Yep my units are the Humax Foxsat HDR 320GB and 500GB freesat recorders.
I did read online in various forums it's possible to one degree or another. But as you say HD is not possible and according to "sat and pc guy" only 4GB can be transferred at any time.
Nothing is ever straight forward now. Thats why I added the possibility of plugging em both in to different HDMI sockets.

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and according to "sat and pc guy" only 4GB can be transferred at any time..

I must admit that I have heard about that limitation ...it is to do with the Fat 32 format I think... but for the programs I transfer it has not happened ...we like to have a few half hour to an hour TV programs available in the van for when no other TV is available and the file size for those is less than 4GB.... ( favourite for this is Michael Portillo's Great Train Journeys )

I think the easy way out would be to have both Humaxes connected to the TV as you have suggested.

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Yes Mike. I will be giving it a try with both connected. The only problem I see there s the common remote?

My wife loves watching Micheal Portillo train journeys over and over again. She has even started to buy me 'loud' jackets like his.
So far I now have red, white, beige and fine brown all at €4.

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Would it not be possible to remove both HDs, connect them to a PC and then "clone" the 350mb to the 500mb one?

Alternatively just buy a 1tb drive and clone the 350mb drive to it then pop the 1tb drive into the original Humax.

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Would it not be possible to remove both HDs, connect them to a PC and then "clone" the 350mb to the 500mb one?

Alternatively just buy a 1tb drive and clone the 350mb drive to it then pop the 1tb drive into the original Humax.
OH Dave if only it was that simple.???
Brilliant idea and so obvious but I can see all sorts of tech problems rearing their heads and compatibility.
I bet Humax will have it's own software. Then any new HD would not 'see' or be 'seen' by the Humax.
I can imagine moving the 500gB drive into the 320GB box would work but pointless. But I can't see a new 1TB drive being absorbed.

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Dave?
Who's Dave?
I do hope you're not confusing me with that tall chap who used to be on the magic roundabout?

Anyway, I really do think it could be that simple, most disc cloning programs are very sophisticated these days and will allocate the same identity numbers, boot records etc. to the cloned drive as the original. The most obvious fly in the ointment might be the ability of the Humax to recognise a 1tb disc, did they ever make that model with a big disc?
Easy enough to try it if you have a spare disc lying around - although I do recognise that not everyone has piles of PC bits around the place.

I'd be interested to know what Mike (spykal) thinks, he's more of a PC man than I am.

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Yep, sorry Gasp. I was thinking of Zeb.
As it happens I do have a spare 1TB HD in an older PC used as a dual backup.
I guess it can be taken out but thats where I see problems starting.
Do I format it as NTFS r FAT 32 (have I got these right?).
Then will it marry up just as you suggest. Yes there are 1TB Humax Foxsat boxes.

I think I will be taking one careful step after another careful step here not to loose my recordings or burn my bridges.
i.e. not mess up the original 320GB recorder before trying to replace the drive. I mean if it was that easy why aren't more people just sticking in larger drives.?

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I would guess that the Humax will require a FAT32 format but if you remove the existing drive and examine it on the PC using a partitioning or cloning utility, that will tell you how the existing drive is formatted - use the same format. You shouldn't destroy any of the data on your existing drive when cloning as long as you don't make any changes to it.

I would hang on until Mike picks up on the thread again, as I said earlier, he's much more PC savvy than I am and could probably add some wise advice. Last time I did any cloning I used a free utility called "AOMEI Backupper" to make a clone of my "C" drive and it worked OK, in the distant past I always used "XXClone" but haven't used it recently.
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