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4TB eSATA in an HR44-500

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dco43054, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. dco43054

    dco43054 New Member

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    Thanks to everyone who contributed information on expanding the storage capacity of the DirecTV. It was really helpful in installing expanded capacity on my new HR44NC-500.

    I chose a Western Digital WD Green 4 TB Intellipower WD40EZRX. The model number is WDBH2D0040HNC-NRSN. I mounted it in a Vantec NexStar CX enclosure. It has both USB 2.0 and eSATA.

    I tried shutting down the HR44, plugging in the drive, powering it up, and then powering up the HR44 again. It wasn't recognized.

    So I attached the drive to my desktop and formatted it to make sure it worked. It did and reported about 4tb of space.

    I then reattached the drive to the HR44 and powered it up and it worked!

    Don't know if it was formatting it that made the difference, but it works, and that's all that I care about.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  2. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

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    That was more like a statement on how you got it to work, then a question But glad it worked for you.
     
  3. dco43054

    dco43054 New Member

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    Ummmmmmm, yeah.
     
  4. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

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    There are a couple of HR44 models, I want to say -500 and -200, that won't recognize a brand new drive and you have to do what you did by formatting it on another machine first.
     
  5. dco43054

    dco43054 New Member

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    I was guessing that might be the issue. I chose the WD drive because I had seen references to it being used by others.

    I was a little worried because the specs on the Vantec enclosure said it only worked with up to a 3tb drive, but the salesperson at Microcenter looked it up and found that it was good for 4tb.
     
  6. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Half the time they say they only work with a lower size simply because the larger size wasn't out when the marketing people did the spec sheet and they almost never go back and update it...
     
  7. Folin

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    Is the Green line the best for DVR? I was thinking Red...which are NAS optimized would be a better HDD choice for an HD DVR? Have a Genie coming today and thinking about upgrading the HDD for it as well.
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    we have ongoing thread about choosing the HDD for DVRs ....

    better keep the q/a there, in one place instead of splashing between many separate threads
     
  9. bpratt

    bpratt Godfather

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    I have an HR44-500 and I found that it would accept and use a new 1 or 2 TB drive. A new 3 or 4 TB disk will not be recognized until it is first formatted.
     
  10. Hoffer

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    4TB is a ton of space. I got an HR44 2-3 weeks ago. The DVR I had before that was probably 6 years old. Maybe it had a 250GB hdd? I couldn't believe how much stuff I could put on the HR44 and the percentage full would barely drop. I couldn't imagine what 4TB would be like.
     
  11. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

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    Yeah, same issue only HR44-700.
     
  12. dco43054

    dco43054 New Member

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    I'm not sure. Honestly, I chose it because I saw that Weaknees was selling that model, and I figured they had done the research.
     
  13. Folin

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    Ahh I'm sure you're right, good thinking. After my post, I searched WD's site and see they make "AV" specific HDD's. Silk stream tech they indicate allows up to 16 simultaneous HD streams.

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=170

    If the Green works well with the DTV DVR's, it's probably more cost effective than their AV series anyway (up-front and long term due to lower power requirements).

    My story went well today. Installer came out to swap one of our three HR24's out for a Genie. Was going to swap with an HR34. I wasn't home and would've been a bit disappointed, after the CSR said it was highly likely to be an HR44 anymore. Fortunately, installer said our current dish might not provide sufficient power for a 34, 2 other 24's and an Hr-21 we have. Storm was coming so rather than hop on the roof, he hauled in 3 x HR-44's and took the three 24's. I think I'm ok on disk space, but man he took an a$$load of recorded shows with him. I'm ok with that... :)
     
  14. Bill Broderick

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    There is no way that the installer gave you three HR44's. DirecTV won't activate more than one Genie on an account. If anything, he gave you one genie and two Genie Minis. If that's the case, he screwed you.
     
  15. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Surprised he didn't give the option of keeping the '24s on which you have recordings....
     
  16. Folin

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    Yeah screwed. I was at work...the Mrs. waived the change in after the installer told her nothing would really change vs. our current setup. Couldn't be further from the truth.

    He told my wife the 24's required more power than the Genie (and of course, the mini's). Since he didn't want to tackle the roof in a storm...that was his easy way out.

    I'll call them. I want at least one 24 back if not a 2nd Genie. Why would they not auth more than one Genie...production numbers still low?
     
  17. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

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    Issues with genies talking to other genies.
     
  18. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    There, fix it for you!
     
  19. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

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    No, I had it right the first time... Genie <-> Genie still has issues.
     
  20. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    No they don't. Is the clients
     

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