Can a HDD be added to Toshiba DR1?

BigRD

Novice Member
It's just a thought. I did the firmware check by pressing zoom 6 0 6 zoom on the remote and the firmware is displayed including HDD type. The HDD type is blank obviously but I began to wonder.

Or is it just the case that the same firmware is used on the DR1 and XS30.

I've only had the machine 3 weeks and don't want to invalidate the warranty by checking to see if there's an IDE interface.
 

Party Animal

Active Member
well it would need an Ide controller of some sort, plus the software to tell it what to do

cant really see how it could work
 

BigRD

Novice Member
Me neither.

I just hoped maybe someone fancied opening up their nice new machine for a peek. Save my warranty:D

Maybe the software doesn't show until a drive is fitted.

This is a totally wild speculation.
 

BigRD

Novice Member
Delius

You seem very positive, had you had a look inside a DR1 before?
 

Delius

Active Member
Hi

I am very very very positive that you cannot fit a HDD to the DR-1.

The DR-1 is RAM/-r/-rw only even if the firmware says <HDD FW> Version :

If you could how would you switch drives?? Also the machine wouldnt know if to timeslip to HDD or Ram. Also you need more memory for HDD due to buffering for RAM>HDD copies..
 

BigRD

Novice Member
Me thinks you misunderstood ;)

I meant can a HDD be added in addition to the RAM drive.
 

Delius

Active Member
You cannnot do it , The DR-1 uses a different DVD-RAM unit than the RX30. The unit has no connections for a HDD at all.

Hope this help...the DR-1 is a great machine. It has quite a few features which the RX-30 wouldnt do .

You can program the timer whilst the unit is recording..the RX30 wouldnt alow this.
 

BigRD

Novice Member
Thanks Delius,

You seem to know a bit about the drives in these machines. Do you know if there's M/R hack for the DR1?
 
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Wraith

Guest
Hey BigRD ive sent you a Private message about your flicker in ps mode mabey it will help.
 

Delius

Active Member
I have heard that there is a hack, but it will be a firmware upgrade. The only problem with these hacks is that if the firmware need upgrading for any problems, there is a possibility that the machine will then fallback to being a R2 machine.
 

BigRD

Novice Member
Delius,

Thanks for the note. I thought it might be something like this. My next task is to try and find it.

Any clues?
 

jasonmymail

Novice Member
BigRD - I was looking for a hack for the DR1 before I bought my chipped multi-region one - thought I could save myself some pennies and do-it-myself. No luck unfortunately. Some people said that they'd got hack programs burned onto DVD, but then just as many others said that they hadn't worked - risky business if you ask me.

For easy remote hackable pleasure why not exchange your DR1 for one of those nice little numbers currently showing at your nearest Sainsbury's :rotfl: (Word has it that these babies have RF out!) Not tempted........????........

Go on - Crack that case open and chip it - you know you want to!!!! :devil:
 

BigRD

Novice Member
I know I should have paid the extra £30 but I had convinced myself I didn't need M/R. Also it was under the magical £300 barrier which kept my other half happy. I can make my current NTSC DVDs R-Free by creating backups :smashin: I only have 6 R1 discs. It was just to make it simpler. I have tried the create VCD hack for other Tosh machines but it doesn't work with the DR1.

If I could get a hold of a chip I'd quite gladly solder it myself but I haven't found anyone supplying any yet. :thumbsdow

Great machine though and there's no way I'd swap it for a Sainsbury special. :laugh:
 

jasonmymail

Novice Member

Party Animal

Active Member
mine is Multiregion but wont play RCE Discs
which is a bummer as a few of my fav discs are RCE.
fortunatly I have my PC hooked upto my plasma... so when I want to watch them I will use Win DVD
 
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dave-c

Guest
I replaced the hard drive in my Toshiba DR1 using a LG GSA4167B bought used from eBay for £20. I simply swapped one for the other and bingo it worked and all of the original features of the DR1 are functioning, play, record, format and all disc editing. I did nothing clever other than set the new drive to Master, remove the front of the sliding disc tray and put 2mm packing washers under the mounting bracket feet. These mods open and close the front flap perfectly. I am chuffed at having my DR1 back and working better in some respects, eg. a recording can be left to run to stop at 'disc full' without rendering the disc as unusable (the only slight glich is: the 'close tray' needs 2 pushes to work).
I hope this helps frustrated DR1 owners like me who have felt tempted to bin the thing, give it a try.
 

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