DVR Hard Drive Replacement Can Be Cumbersome

by Andrew Bougie on April 30, 2012 · 0 comments

in IP Security,ScanSource Security,Technology

Replacing failed drives on a video recorder is a time-consuming process. The standard procedure with most recorders usually involves the following steps:

  1. Power down your recorder properly by selecting the shutdown option within the recorder’s onscreen menu.
  2. Disconnect the various cables from the back of the DVR (make sure everything has been labeled properly!).
  3. Remove the recorder from the rack. If you are alone, it can be difficult to remove the last two screws while keeping the recorder from falling.
  4. Remove the screws that hold the exterior housing to the recorder chassis. Sometimes this involves removing the rack ears as well.
  5. Remove and replace the failed drive.
  6. Replace the recorder housing and the rack ears if those were removed as well.
  7. Re-rack the recorder. Again, if you are on your own, this can be a difficult task to hold the recorder in place while replacing the screws.
  8. Reattach the various cables to the back of the recorder.
  9. Power on the recorder. Many recorders will power on as soon as you reconnect the AC cable.
  10. Swap the video cables you have inadvertently connected to the wrong inputs (you know this has happened to you).

Quite the process, right? The time to execute this task is greatly reduced with a March Networks recorder thanks to their unique docking station:

  1. Power down the March Networks DVR properly by turning the key on the front of the recorder.
  2. Slide the recorder out of the docking station (no screws involved).
  3. Slide the top cover off the recorder (no screws involved).
  4. Remove and replace the failed drive.
  5. Slide the cover back onto the recorder.
  6. Slide the recorder back into the docking station.
  7. Turn the key to power on the recorder.

March Networks has addressed many installation issues by providing this docking station with most of their recorders. Check out this video from March Networks demonstrating the process.

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