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Adding a Hard Drive to the HR20?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by purtman, Jul 7, 2007.

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  1. Jul 12, 2007 #81 of 104
    Rich

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    I don't think anyone knows for sure. I filled the default HD up and had a little over 47 hours of MPEG2. Seems to vary depending on what you record.
     
  2. Jul 12, 2007 #82 of 104
    Rich

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    You're going to get that patition size one way or another, aren't you?
     
  3. Jul 12, 2007 #83 of 104
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    Scott, sometimes I think you are too logical. I understand every post of yours I have read. Clear and to the point. I have to send you an email.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2007 #84 of 104
    Rich

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    I just read the next post and...wow! You might as well not have written this post.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2007 #85 of 104
    houskamp

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    See the CE forum..
     
  6. Jul 12, 2007 #86 of 104
    beakor

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    Is the OTA considered mpeg4 when recording?
     
  7. Jul 12, 2007 #87 of 104
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    SHHHHHHH!!!!!!
     
  8. Jul 12, 2007 #88 of 104
    Milominderbinder2

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    OTA is MPG2.

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  9. Jul 25, 2007 #89 of 104
    mikek

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    Replaced the HDD in a HR20-100 with a Seagate 500GB.

    The model number of the HDD in the HR20-100 is Western Digital WD3200JS

    The funny thing is, is that this HDD will not power up unless it is used in the HR20.
    And I don't mean boot up, I mean it won't even power up.

    I tried different jumper settings and used USB connection....nothing seems to work.

    I haven't checked the 500GB yet to see the partition sizes.

    Replacing the internal HDD in the HR20-100 was extremely easy. It took about 15minutes total. You will need a T10 screwdriver to open the case and remove the bracket and a T15 to take the HDD out of the bracket.

    -mk
     
  10. Jul 26, 2007 #90 of 104
    CCarncross

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    15 minutes to completely void your warranty. Thats a quick $700 if you ever have trouble and need a replacement.
     
  11. Jul 26, 2007 #91 of 104
    mikek

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    We already went over this. I obviously don't care about the warranty.

    Thanks for the help.

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  12. Jul 27, 2007 #92 of 104
    Bly

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    If you put the 320 gig drive back in when you send it back for warranty, How are they ever going to know? Do you actually know anyone that has had a warranty voided? I seriously doubt they have any way to tell as long as you but the original drive back in and boot up once, and even if they can tell are they going to go thru the effort, it’s hardly worth it when it would only piss off customers. Yes they could store some of the info in the flash, but if they do the geeks will figure it out and find a way to change it back, or destroy the flash so D* can’t tell.

    I opened mine up and changed to a 750... Doesn’t bother me a bit and I have zero worry about getting it covered if it breaks. My Unit didn't even have a "Warranty Void If Opened" sticker on the back of it to detect if it was open. Not that I would have cared...

    If they really didn’t want the units opened they wouldn’t have used standard T-10 torques and made it so darn easy. Why do they make it so easy? They know it’s a huge selling point to the geek crowd, and they know the geeks are going to open it up and change it even if they make it difficult, so it’s better to make it easy. Who ever designed the HR20 deserves mass kudos for putting the OS on flash and only using the drive for storage, so slick!

    D* also realizes that one of if not the most frequent parts to die is a hard drive, make them easy to swap will help their bottom line over the long run. Also, so many websites that mention how to swap out the hard drive are based in the USA. If D* really didn’t want people flipping out there drives, they would send cease and desist letters to every website stating how to do so. But the fact is they don’t care if we do, it makes the product that much better for the geeks, when the geeks are happy with something other people buy it just from our recommendations. I know before I ever considered upgrading from my Direct Tivo I read on how hard it was to upgrade to the HR20. When I read how easy it was, I was pretty much sold right there.

    Technically it's against TOS to open the unit yes. Technically it's illegal to drive 66 MPH in a 65. I understand why it’s against the TOS to open the unit, but I don’t ever see D* enforcing the rule unless it somehow hurts their bottom line. I see so many people saying “you’ll void you’re warranty, it’s going to cost you $700 and the sky is falling”. I think it’s utter BS, but then again it’s only my opinion! I can tell you if they ever tried to charge me for opening the unit they’d lose my service for life. Doesn’t make it worth while for them, pissing off the geeks is a bad idea.

    As far as storage, by my calcs I roughly tripped my space, which makes since if the original drive was 320-100 = 220 and my new is 750-100 = 650.

    Just my $.02
     
  13. Jul 27, 2007 #93 of 104
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    What drive did you use? Have you noticed any temperature or noise differences?
     
  14. Jul 27, 2007 #94 of 104
    P Smith

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    "and my new is 750-100 = 650"
     
  15. Jul 27, 2007 #95 of 104
    mikek

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    I used a Seagate ST3500830SCE this one is supposed a DVR HDD. They also have a 750GB model.

    It is extremely quiet, but I think the original was quiet also.

    Don't remember what my original temps were, but now I'm running 102F.

    -mk
     
  16. Jul 27, 2007 #96 of 104
    mikek

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    I obviously agree with you. I'm not sure why people are so over zealous about warning (harping on) voiding the warranty. Everybody on this forum should be aware of it.

    I doubt D* would care if you left the new HDD in there. Their main concern always seems to be keeping customers.

    Anyway like you said, it is so simple (not as simple as plugging in an eSATA), but I didn't really want an eSATA hanging around my AV setup.

    I know most people disagree with me, but I like tinkering with stuff and I was gonna open it up anyway just to check it out. It does look like a pretty well designed system.

    Hats off to RCA.

    -mk
     
  17. Jul 27, 2007 #97 of 104
    Jimmmmbo!

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  18. Jul 27, 2007 #98 of 104
    Jimmmmbo!

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    I think this topic warrants its own poll thread: "Have you ever been busted by DirecTV for opening up your HR20?"
     
  19. Jul 28, 2007 #99 of 104
    mikek

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    That would be a long thread.

    One guy says NO and then about 1000 people with a "+1"

    -mk
     
  20. Jimmmmbo!

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    And my point would be made! ;)
     
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