Installing New HD in a VIP 722 (1 Viewer)

dormie1360

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The HD in my 722 died. I ordered a Seagate ST3500830SCE as a replacement....which from what I've read should work.

Do I need to prepare the drive in anyway as part of the installation....partition, etc? Once installed will the 722 automatically format and install software?

Thanks,
John
 

Timpanogos

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Just had the same issue a few weeks ago. The VIP722 will only take certain hard drives. Unplug the unit, install the hard drive, then plug the VIP722 back in. Wait a few minutes (patience!) and... nothing will happen. All of a sudden, you will get the hard drive is corrupted message and a reformat is needed. Click okay. I did nothing to prepare my hard drive, a rebuilt unit. Just plugged it in and the VIP722 did the rest. The old WD drive died after 1.5 years. I own my equipment, so didn't have many options. It is easy to replace the hard drive. The front panel comes readily off, only being held by clips. That gives you access to two screws on the front of the unit that holds the hard drive bracket.
 

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I believe Timpanogos is talking about internal drive.
 

Timpanogos

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The Seagate internal hard drive, the ST3500830SCE, is available new for about $100 from only one source I could find now (at a decent price) and certified rebuilt units for $42 at geeks.com so I bought a couple of spares. I will use those as external VIP722 storage until they are (hopefully) not needed for another internal replacement. Heat had to be a factor in the WD failure. In electronics and computers, heat kills. I took the VIP722 cover off and just the face of it sticks out of my equipment rack. It is running a lot cooler now. Oh, and I added a hard drive cooler directly to the internal hard drive, a Thermaltake A2376 Aluminum HDD Cooling unit for 2.99 at newegg. Fits perfectly. Heat is NOT a problem now.
 

Bob Haller

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can you take a hard drive from say a leased or high balance box and put it in your 722?

or do they permanetely marry somehow?

wonder if E will continue production of 722s with perhaps a larger hard drive?
 

dormie1360

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Just had the same issue a few weeks ago. The VIP722 will only take certain hard drives. Unplug the unit, install the hard drive, then plug the VIP722 back in. Wait a few minutes (patience!) and... nothing will happen. All of a sudden, you will get the hard drive is corrupted message and a reformat is needed. Click okay. I did nothing to prepare my hard drive, a rebuilt unit. Just plugged it in and the VIP722 did the rest. The old WD drive died after 1.5 years. I own my equipment, so didn't have many options. It is easy to replace the hard drive. The front panel comes readily off, only being held by clips. That gives you access to two screws on the front of the unit that holds the hard drive bracket.

Thank you. I bought a refurbished at Geeks. I'm going to look into cooling options as well.

Thanks again,
John
 

Jim5506

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Bob, it is my understanding that you can swap internal drives on like models and that the unit will use the drive as is without the need for formatting, i.e. programming that was on the drive can be viewed as if it was recorded by the device.

I may be mistaken, but from several discussions I've had with those who tinker with such, this appears to be the case.
 

skyviewmark

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can you take a hard drive from say a leased or high balance box and put it in your 722?

or do they permanetely marry somehow?

wonder if E will continue production of 722s with perhaps a larger hard drive?

I pulled The HDD out of a 722 that was dead for reasons other than the HDD and stuck it in my 622 that has just lost it's hard drive. No problem. It booted right up, formated and working like a champ
 

Bob Haller

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my bet is that since E stated the 722K will continue as the high def box for most customers soon we will see it renumbered, with a 2 terrabite or more internal drive..... given the decrease price in larger drives and a shortage of smaller ones............
 

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