Re: V+ Hard Drive Access
Arguably the V+ box is not yours to own, but is only hired from VM and should be returned to them when you end a subscription. VM are often not very good at arranging to collect their kit though. Trouble is they can charge if they don't get it back which means you need to be careful how you treat the box whilst it's still with you and thus you donb't want to be fiddling with it's bits and bobs.
Unfortunately without a connection to a subscription very little of the box will work. That makes it difficult to even connect the box to the archiving scart socket to transfer stuff to another recorder.