Well its a sturday and I didnt really have anything else today , woke up at 6am and there was no electricity , so I decided it was time to use the new Tata Sky
+ DVR STB in a diffrent way
So I decided to open it up to see what they have hidden inside , what kinda upgrade we can try ourselfs to get more recording time , can we transffer the recorded videos to a PC ....and guys the answers were all positive!!!
Opening the Tata
sky STB is one of the easiest experiments I have ever done (this may vary from person to person , opening your STB up causes your warranty to be void , so please do this at your own risk - this is not my responsibility nor is it the forums , but all I can say is its very hard to do something wrong and mess it up ) .
Opened up the 5 screws of the STB , one on each side and 3 at the back of the stb , this causes the upper lid of the STB to slide off , so once the screws are removed just gently slide the top of the STB open.
The HDD imaged :
Sitting right in the middle of the board is the Broadcom chip :
The big broadcom chips is a :
Just above the HDD enclosure is the processor used by the STB :
I didnt open this up to see what they are using here (this is for another experiment another day.
A closer look at the HDD Area :
The HYNIX Chips (these are the memory modules on board ) :
The Dual tuner and another broadcom chip :
Broadcom chip details :
HDD removed : WD 1600AVJS -63wna0
The good thing is its a regular SATA Desktop (not laptop
It Can easily be replaced with another HDD say a 500 GB increasing your recording capacity by 3.5 times
To see if this is possible connected this HDD to my PC :
Vola.... The file format is FAT 32 !!! so what you would ideally need to do is
Buy a new SATA - Desktop HDD - create one big partition and format it in FAT 32 and then connect it to the STB and it should simply work (I havent tried this yet , but will do it next week , but i dont have any doubts it will just work).
The good thing is in case you have recorded something important and you need to transffer to the PC you can do it this way (since the file system is FAT 32!!
Screen shots of the HDD connected to my PC :
After all this o just put back everything to gether , and switch on the STB and well everything just worked like nothing happened
Updated with trying to copy recorded content here.
Why so much desperationeffort&e whn the same can be achieved with any thrd party DVR of ur choice or TV