HD10-250 as a Standalone OTA DVR

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HD10-250 as a Standalone OTA DVR

I have a DTV HD10-250 that has a bad hard-drive.  I can use Instantcake to create a new drive.  What I don't know is if i can turn this DVR into a Stand alone Over the Air DVR. I do not have DirectTV.  Is what I want to do possible?  Any direction or advise?  Do I need an Access card for the unit, if  so does it need to be asigned to my HD10-250 serial number?

Yes, you can use it to record

Yes, you can use it to record only OTA channels. Make sure it's set to use only an OTA antenna.

An access card helps, as it helps get rid of the nag message to insert a card. Some have had luck using other types of cards in the slot just to get rid of the nag message.