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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing hard drive in Motorola DCT 6412

Anyone know if this is possible. I have read numerous, numerous posts and information that it simply cannot detect anything more then 160gb due to firmware. Also that Verizon is supposedly offering 320gb drives in their DCT 6412 motorolas before the end of the year. When I had my FIOS installed a couple of weeks ago I would swear the install guys said this one had a 320gb drive (maybe they said 120gb?).

I obviously don't want to break the sucker, but I am fully capable of replacing drives (and soldering boards, not that I have done that with to much frequency), so I am not overly worried about that. I'd love to slap a WD AV-GP drive in there to save a bit of power, pop out less heat (That set top box pumps out tons as it is), and maybe actually give me some decent storage space for shows (I was thinking either a 500gb or possibly 1tb drive).

I just don't want to even bother if the set top box won't either recognize the drive or will only utilze the first 120gb (or 320).
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Re: Replacing hard drive in Motorola DCT 6412

I think it's something about the firmware that won't allow a larger drive. Perhaps if Verizon is planning on offering larger capacity down the road, it might be possible to get updated firmware....

And according to motorola's website, the box only comes with a 120GB drive


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Yeah, I saw that on Motorola's website, that is why I am thinking they said 120gb instead of the 320 I thought I heard (that or they were wrong).

I did see something from a couple of years ago that someone threw a larger drive in there and it did allocate something like 147gb of the 250gb drive.

I guess I could always keep that in mind and look at getting just a 150gb WD AV-GP drive. An extra 17gb isn't much (if it will actually allocate to 147gb), but its an extra couple of hours of recording capability and the lower heat, power consumption and noise would not hurt.

Heck, its just $44 for the drive.

It just cheeses me that Motorola doesn't throw a larger drive in there to begin with. I mean, seriously, a 500gb WD AV-GP drive runs less then $50 from Amazon, I can't imagine they couldn't get one for a little less then that. Even if the cost was a handful of bucks more per box I can't imagine Verizon bitching to much about that or hell even passing on the cost by an extra $1 a month for the STB lease advertising something like "4 times more DVR capacity then before!"
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Re: Replacing hard drive in Motorola DCT 6412

It cheeses me too... I mean it's one thing if it were an SD box, but it's an HD box that can only hold 10-12 hours of HD video. On a couple of occasions I've had to record a baseball game, and all it takes is a couple long games to fill up the drive. How ridiculous is that? I don't want to have to delete all my shorter recordings just for that.

Perhaps what we should both do is poke around the internet looking for altered firmware that allows for larger recording partitions.

The good news, from my research, is that whatever drive you use (Seagate seems to be the best bet) you don't need to format it before installing.


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Re: Replacing hard drive in Motorola DCT 6412

Turns out I have the QIP7216 box, not that is it much better then the older box (160gb).

I'd consider a WD AV-GP 160gb drive for lower noise, heat and power requirements (and that box gets hot!), but I've read a few places that the latest versions of the different boxes have 'open counters' and maitenance stickers on them, so if you open it they will know when you return the box, charging you the full equipment price.
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