Disassembly guides for Virgin Media and Sky digital set top/recording boxes.

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Disassembly guides for Virgin Media and Sky digital set top/recording boxes.

Postby spotify95 » September 14th, 2020, 8:37 pm

Here are a few disassembly guides for if you have an old Sky or Virgin Media digital set top box lying around, that is no longer of any use.

In order to disassemble one of these boxes, you may need: a flat blade screwdriver, a Philips screwdriver (usually #0 or #1 size), a Torx Security screwdriver (usually TR10 or TR15), a pair of needle nose or long nose pliers, and a pair of side cutters. (The exact tools required will vary between boxes.)

Note that the primary way to re-purpose one of these boxes is the removal of the hard drive (for use in a PC, laptop, or external hard drive enclosure), but there are also other components that can be salvaged and re-used.

If there are any other models that I have not covered, let me know or update this with the required details :).

Sky+, non HD, 80GB/160GB models: (contains 80GB/160GB 3.5 inch IDE hard drive)


Sky+HD (Amstrad DRX890/DRX895) models, 250GB/500GB/1TB/2TB: (contains 3.5 inch SATA hard drive)


Sky Q (latest model), 1TB/2TB models: (contains 1TB/2TB 3.5 inch SATA hard drive)


Virgin Media V+HD, 80GB/160GB, HD model: (contains 80GB/160GB 3.5 inch IDE hard drive)


Virgin Media (Samsung/Cisco) TiVo 500GB/1TB models: (contains 500GB/1TB 3.5 inch SATA hard drive)


Virgin Media (Arris DCX960) V6 TiVo, 1TB/2TB models: (contains 1TB/2TB 2.5 inch SATA hard drive)


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