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Three ways to get your box out of dreaded Sky diskless mode

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It’s probably safe to say that of all the messages you want your Sky TV to display, “Sky diskless mode” is not one of them.

The bad news – having a Sky box stuck in diskless mode can indicate a problem with the box’s hard drive.

However, the good news is that there are some solutions for a diskless mode issue.

Take note that this issue often occurs after a system update – have you updated your box recently?

Here are three ways to get your Sky box out of diskless mode

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Attempt a Sky box restart

If you haven’t tried it already, then now’s the time to attempt a Sky box restart to get your box out of diskless mode. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Turn your Sky box off with the remote control and then unplug it from the mains.
  2. Wait a few minutes and then plug your box back in.
  3. Now switch everything back on but don’t use the remote just yet.
  4. Wait five minutes before turning on your Sky box with the remote control.
  5. Now, your box should be running as normal, but if not then give the solutions below a go.

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Complete a Sky planner rebuild

The next option is to complete a Sky planner rebuild. Hopefully, this will solve your diskless mode issue as it means that you can still keep all your recordings.

  1. Click ‘services’ on your Sky remote.
  2. Now, scroll to the ‘help’ box and then press ‘select’.
  3. Then scroll across to ‘Sky+ rebuild’ and press ‘select’ again.
  4. You’ll now get a message that lets you know the rebuild will take a few minutes to complete.
  5. Now, you should see a ‘Housekeeping. Please Wait’ message.
  6. Your screen should now go blank. Wait for a few minutes then press the ‘Sky’ button on your remote.
  7. Finally, your planner should now be rebuilt and your channels and recordings working as normal.

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Try a Sky system reset

Lastly, you can always try a system reset on your Sky TV box.

The only issue with a system reset is that you will lose all of your recordings.

But, if you’re all out of options, a system reset is a great way to get things back up and running.

  1. With your Sky TV remote control press ‘0-0-1’ and then ‘select’.
  2. Now you have access to the ‘installers menu’, navigate across to the tab labelled ‘sys reset’.
  3. Click ‘select’ again, note: This will factory reset your box completely. All of your recordings, favourite channels and series linked will be recorded once you select ‘sys reset’.
  4. You should now see the ‘Housekeeping, please wait’ notice and then your box will shut down and reboot itself.
  5. Now your box has been factory reset it should be working perfectly.
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