Recover Deleted Recordings on DirecTV DVR Hard Drive

Jean updated on Aug 06, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


The DirecTV DVR shows and recordings can be fully restored after careless deletion in two situations. First, when your DirecTV DVR runs the TiVo software because the deleted events are stored in its history; second, when the shows are preserved on the DVR hard drive since EaseUS data recovery software is able to recover hard drive videos, music and pictures without any hassle.

Recover from TiVo software
Recover from hard drive

In the previous post, we discussed the solutions to Dish DVR recordings recovery. Though both are DVR devices, the DirecTV works in a different way compared with the Dish. It doesn't have a similar "recycle bin" folder that gives people a chance of 48 hours to restore what they deleted earlier. It seems that the outlook of recuperating lost DirecTV events are bleak, but is that the end of the day if they lost hundreds of videos, games and photos they collected for a long time? By referring to what we've mentioned in the content table, yes, chances are they still have two ways to cut losses and get back their favorites.

Recover from TiVo Software

Does your DirecTV DVR run on TiVo software? If it does, good luck then. You can recover some shows before they disappear for good. The procedure is the same on all TiVo models.

  • Step 1: Select "My Shows" ( for Series 3 and earlier models, select "Now Playing List" instead) in the TiVo Central menu, then select "Recently Deleted."
  • Step 2: Highlight the show you want to recover, then press the "Select" button on the remote. You can only select one recording at a time to recover, even if it was originally part of a group or a series of Season Pass recordings.
  • Step 3: Select "Recover this show" when given the option. 

Recover from the Hard Drive

For example, a Genie HD DVR you're using has an internal hard drive in it, for saving a great many of recorded shows and videos. As long as you can take out the hard drive and use it on your computer, at least the lost data on the hard drive is recoverable.

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. You can try this file recovery software free version for the first attempt to recover 2GB DirecTV DVR recordings. If it works, upgrade to its full version to recover all.


Step 1: Select a location‚Äč

If your lost video recordings are saved on external hard drive or USB, connect it to your computer firstly. Run video recovery software, and select the location where you lost videos. Click Scan to scan all lost files.

Run video recovery software.

Step 2: Scan lost data

The EaseUS recovery software will start immediately to scan all over the selected hard drive for all lost data.

Scan videos.

Step 3: Preview and recover

Check and preview lost video recordings in Deleted Files, Drive (with your device name). If you didn't find the lost video recordings, check Lost Partition Files and Extra Files to find them. Choose the wanted files and click Recover.

Recover video recordings.

Tip: For some DirecTV DVR recordings with special file formats, you may need to find a suitable file viewer to preview the recovered files. You can proceed with the rest data recovery after purchasing a license code.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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