DirecTV Undelete: How to Recover Deleted Shows & Recordings on DirecTV

Jean updated on Nov 27, 2020 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.

Can I Recover Deleted Recordings on DirecTV Genie?

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On the AT&T forum, one user posted a very long story about how he accidentally deleted programs, recordings, and some shows off from the DirecTV Genie DVR, and asked if he got any chance to recover it. Put the long story in short:

"A critical malfunction was going on with our family's DVR service. A technician came out and gave us the prognosis that our DVR service was freezing and locking up because of the low space on our DVR (we had less than 10% on both boxes), and that we would need to have at least 30% of space freed in order to correct the issue. So we followed the technician's instruction and deleted a large number of programs from our DVR boxes...Is there a way in which DIRECTV DVR users can effectively undo their deletions and restore lost programs?"

It seems that the outlook of undeleting lost DirecTV history is 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 get the lost data back.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover from TiVo Software Select "My Shows" ( for Series 3 and earlier models, select "Now Playing List" instead) in the TiVo Central menu, then select "Recently Deleted". Highlight the show you want to recover. Then press the "Select" button...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover from Hard Drive If your lost video recordings are saved on external hard drive or USB, connect it to your computer firstly. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and select the location where you lost videos. Click "Scan" to scan all lost files...Full steps

How to Recover Deleted Shows or Recordings on DirecTV

In the previous Dish DVR data recovery post, we discussed the solutions to deleted/formatted recordings recovery. Though it belongs to a kind of DVR devices, the DirecTV works in a different way compared with Dish and the others. It doesn't have a similar "recycle bin" folder that gives people a chance of 48 hours to restore what they deleted earlier. 

Whether you can recover a deleted show on your DirecTV DVR depends on whether or not it runs the TiVo software. The TiVo software provides a range of features when the DVR is connected to a home network, including film and TV downloads. So when you accidentally removed a TV show or program from the DVR box, you can try to find it in the TiVo recently deleted gallery. Without using TiVo on your DirecTV? You'll have the last but unique chance to download capable third-party DRV data recovery software to undelete all kinds of recordings on your DirecTV hard drive.

Solution 1. Recover Deleted DirecTV Recordings 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.

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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. 

Solution 2. Recover DirecTV Shows 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. If your lost video recordings are saved on external hard drive or USB, connect it to your computer firstly. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and select the location where you lost videos. Click "Scan" to scan all lost files.

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Step 2. The software will start to scan all over the selected hard drive for all lost video recordings immediately. When the process finishes, you can click "Filter", and choose "Videos" to quickly find video files.

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Step 3. Check and preview lost video recordings before recovery. Then, choose the wanted files and click "Recover" to keep the files into another safe location instead of the original drive/device.

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

6. 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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