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Didn’t find any info on how to achieve this from google so knocked up a quick video:

Forgive the amateur-ness! It’s amazing how a 60second task takes 5minutes when trying to stay “on camera”.

The steps I note on the video:

1) Pop the front cover off by levering from the “hitachi logo”
2) Undo the 2 screws now exposed
3) Pop the top off
4) Remove the 6 screws now exposed
5) Remove the disk/rails etc
6) Remove the 6 screws from the rails
7) Slide the disk out

Currently the cheapest source of a 3TB drive seems to be from inside this Hitachi XL3000 available today @ scan.co.uk for £107.98 inc VAT http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3tb-hitachi-xl3000-0s03093-35-external-desktop-hard-drive-usb-20-black

L

Hacking Sky Anytime+

*Update* See the result of some investigation, packet sniffing etc
*Update2* See further investigation 

I am curious and don’t think I’ve seen this discussed yet…

Sky’s relatively new product- Anytime+ allows us (sky broadband + tv customers) to download content direct to our sky box for later viewing (or on-demand if your internet connection is fast enough).
Sky Anytime+ Movies
The Sky box is connected to the network and assigned an IP address- the device then presumably connects to a server to download a list of available content and then upon request, the content itself. So I imagine we can use some form of packet sniffing to identify where the box is connecting to and what information is being transferred?

Could we then download this content from a pc? I expect the content being downloaded is encrypted and contained in .str files so maybe even if we could get the files on a pc we could open/view them.

What about the other direction? Redirect the box to connect to your server which returns a list of content on your network and allows you to view it? Again- I expect you’d need to convert to .str and each programme would be downloaded to the box, viewed and then deleted.

Intrigued- let me know if you have any thoughts on this!

L

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