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  1. Dwayne McCurley on July 31, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Something that I did not know. I enjoy your vids.

  2. Dacke on July 31, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    A few weeks ago I received four security camera Nuvico DVR units, a grand total of 14 hard drives. When I checked them with my drive dock, 12 of them didnt pass the diag tests and had bad sectors. No wonder they threw them out lol. I didn’t trust the other two drives so I took them all to electronic recycling. However the DVRs did have perfectly fine switch mode power supplies, good heatsinks, and almost a dozen fans. Still scored!

  3. Braydan Allen on July 31, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    I have a similar situation and I’m looking to format a 3.5 hdd I found in a cable box

    I went on Amazon to purchase a cheap adapter as I would only be using it once, but then a question came about I can’t solve

    For formatting…
    Do I want an Hdd to USB cable or USB to Hdd cable

    I’m new to all this so any tips would help!

  4. Watcher3223 on July 31, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    (Takes a Black & Decker electric screwdriver and uses it like a manual tool.)

    That’s funny, but not because you didn’t use the electric function, but that the electric function likely doesn’t work, which seems to be the case with a lot of battery-powered B&D hand tools like this.

    But, I’ll bet one reason why you did use it: it allows for a very nice grip.

  5. Jake Jackalneck on July 31, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    cool

  6. Harry P on July 31, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Audio is weird in beginning of this video.

  7. AirRik Rhaine on July 31, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Anything you can do with the old M-cards that used to go in cable boxes

  8. The cyclist on July 31, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    here in britain the sky+ boxes are fixed to the address it was issued to and wont work elsewhere and i try to get these to get the hard drives out of them some of them only have 500gb hd but there are other models in the same range which are 1.5tb and 2tb but so far have not had any luck getting these size of hd so far ive managed to get two boxes which both contained 500gb hd which like you i formatted and used one via cloning as a C drive and the other as an external drive

  9. outsider kustoms on July 31, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    cant wait to see the episode with the vcr!

  10. Ryan S on July 31, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    That’s an early version cable box they are so small now. Who made this box what company

  11. emolatur on July 31, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    NOTE – hard drives harvested from certain cable-company-provided DVRs will fail to detect on boot if used as internal drives, meaning you won’t be able to use one as your primary os drive… the solution is to disable "powerup in standby." Instructions to do this in linux are basically hdparm -s0 /dev/<whatever> … I haven’t found a way to do it in Windows yet.

  12. david brown on July 31, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    nerd city on the watch love it.

  13. N Gauge England -Synthematix- on July 31, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Formatting=useless, needs to be secure erased with naraeon software

  14. Frans Meinesz on July 31, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I also use crystaldiskinfo  for the S.M.A.R.T. function http://crystalmark.info/redirect.php?product=CrystalDiskInfoAnd for deleting the complete harddisk i use  diskpart in the command prompt so when i selected the harddisk in diskpart and use the option clean the complete harddisk is empty and the MBR is also empty (diskpart is a built in windows command but use with caution)

  15. Jeff1z on July 31, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Ah Vers a pac screwdriver love mine can get the cells on ebay cheap new

  16. Josh McClellan on July 31, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Spectrum, Xfinity(non-X1), and FiOS still use cableCARD boxes like this one, can save you money nowadays buy getting one of these for like $30-50 on eBay

  17. RF Burns on July 31, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Why do you use EX-FAT?

  18. Phil Shifley on July 31, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I like to use flash drives for that.

  19. Muzic Max on July 31, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I know this old but I took a 500 GB HD out of a Shaw DCX 3400-M I can’t even get it to show up in My computer. I was told the Drive is locked with encrpytion from Shaw so it can’t be used without the Shaw box. It is a Seagate 500 GB Pipeline HD I have no idea how to get into this thing? Can you give me some direction so I can use it please? I have like 3 of this boxes and I’d hate to waste these hard drives.

  20. Jerry Spann on July 31, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Our spring cleanup is next month, and I’m looking forward to finding some electronic stuff to work on. Several months back, we hauled an old dishwasher to the dump, and someone had thrown away an old 19 80s ra console television, and a digital stream converter box. I loaded both up, took them home, took them apart and cleaned them up real good, took the necessary precautions, hooked them up, and they both worked like new.

  21. squareroot99999999 on July 31, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    It amused me to watch you use a powered screwdriver in manual mode.

  22. zx8401ztv on July 31, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Yep ive done the same, usually the best part to keep, if the psu is seperate then that is kept as a parts pcb or other use.`
    They may not be fast but handy for a slave drive or caddy backup unit. :-D.
    I just delete the first sector of the drive, partition table gone!!, then format.

    Those sata/ide to usb cables are handy for recovering peoples data, i have a couple of them, and they are not expensive :-).

  23. Pandestrian on July 31, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Do you ever test the hard drive for errors? You may start backing up files and a drive could have bad sectors. I always use crystaldisk info

  24. Ryan S on July 31, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Why did it have so many small partitions

  25. Kevin Bhasi on July 31, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    4:28 Hey, I have the exact same one! Except that I’ve ended up using mine for primarily laptop IDE hard drives so I don’t really use the adapter. You did save the drive SATA and power cables from the box, right?

  26. tony dcosta on July 31, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Wow your cable company let their customers keep their boxes, where I am not only do they don’t and if they find out that I opened their box I could possibly face jail time. I wonder it is possible to replace the cable company’s firmware with one for a DTV box with DVR.

  27. The cyclist on July 31, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    those sata cables are worth salvaging here in britain most computer shops charge around £2.50 for one sky+ boxes get their signal through satellite dishes not via cable

  28. Fred Blogs on July 31, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Remember these are "AV" drives, and as such are often very slow and have less error detection/correction than a standard computer drive. They are fine for backup for non-important files, but I wouldn’t use them as main system drives.

  29. DAVID GREGORY KERR on July 31, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    I thought that it was going to be a 500GB drive.

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