Upgrading your Pre-existing DVR Hard Drive

September 19, 2014

So it has been about 2 month's since we've started making hard drive upgrades readily available for our customers. It makes a lot of sense to do so because not everyone can be satisfied by the integrated HDD that comes with the DVR. An SDS-P3042 that comes with a 500GB hard drive may be too small for someone who wants to leave their cameras running at full specs for about 3 months. With the cameras running at full capacity at their highest recording resolution and frame rate, you'll find that a 500GB hard drive may last a month with 4 cameras, if not less. Now, let's say you want more out of your system. We have available to our customers an option to upgrade the current hard drive within the system to something higher. The max capacity happens to be 2 TB, but as you can imagine the recording time will be much longer in the case you're upgrading your 500GB to a 2TB HDD. The main purpose of this post is to show our customers how we go about making this possible. We take great care to make sure that we give our customers the best support we can. Normally, a situation where a DVR is opened usually voids the manufacturer's warranty. We have partnered with Samsung to make that manufacturer's warranty still functional even after the DVR is opened and customized so you as the customer do not have to worry. Now, let me show you how things are done. First, the process. _MG_0664   As an example, we've pulled out the SDS-P3040N.     _MG_0665     We pull out simply the DVR without touching anything else within the box.              _MG_0666 We make sure to wear gloves and place the DVR on a scratch-free environment to ensure your DVR is spotless. _MG_0667 We unscrew the hard drive and pull it off as seen here.   _MG_0670 We use security-grade Western Digital hard drives. We place it in the HDD copy device and copy over the operating system from the original hard drive. _MG_0672We use security-grade Western Digital hard drives. We place it in the HDD copy device and copy over the operating system from the original hard drive.  _MG_0675We place the hard drive back into the system after it has finished copying. _MG_0678 We cover it up and put a nice warranty seal on it and place it back in the box. _MG_0663 It goes back in the box, into the packaging box, slap on a UPS sticker with your address on it and send it to you! As with any of our other explanations, if you found anything confusing and would like more details, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I'd be more than happy to address your questions! Regards, DP