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DirecTV HR20-700 DVR HDD Disk Replacement / Formatting

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by prisoner6, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. prisoner6

    prisoner6 New Member

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    Sorry if this has been answered before, but I've not found the exact answer. Most of the questions pertaining to this are from people who are wanting to upgrade a drive, or retain their stored programming.

    I have a HR20-700 that I swapped out the original 320Gb Seagate DB35 drive, for a already set-up 1.5Tb drive (perhaps from WeakKnees). It worked great for several years. In the meantime, I sold the 320G Seagate, which was shortsighted. So i'm familiar with opening the DVR up and replacing drives.

    Now the 1.5Tb drive has an unrecoverable error, and won't come up, can't get picture, can't run a surface scan, etc.

    At this point, I'm only using this DVR as a backup, so I don't want to spend $200+ on another 1.5Tb drive that's set to go.

    My question is this - I don't care about what's on the 1.5Tb drive, it's a write-off. If I buy just a new standard Seagate DB35 drive (320Gb to 750Gb, presumably unformatted), plug it into the DVR and do a format within the DVR, would the drive then be set up to make new recordings? I can pick up one of these drives for $30-40, which I'm willing to do to have a 2nd DVR working again, as a backup, or for a third program at the same time.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    If you cal DirecTV, you probably find that your LEASED HR20-700 has been to transferred to OWN. And you can do whatever you want with it.
     
  3. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    If you cal DirecTV, you probably find that your LEASED HR20-700 has been to transferred to OWN. And you can do whatever you want with it.
    as long as is replaced under the ERP and not a tech.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
     
  4. Rich

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    The drives don't cost that much anymore. You can usually find 2TB drives for less than $100 now on Amazon. Just search for a WD Green drive. Here's a link to one that will work.

    Rich
     
  5. bpratt

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    To answer your question: If you remove the old drive and install a new one and then power on, the HR20 will format the drive and get it ready to record. The format is automatic on a new drive but most of your settings will be lost.
     
  6. prisoner6

    prisoner6 New Member

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    Thanks bpratt and Rich for the answer and the link. For $90, the 2TB drive is a pretty good deal. Weakknees wants $250 for a 2TB drive that's ready to go. As long as the format is automatic once I put the new drive in, that's all I need to know. Don't care if the settings are lost, I have to reprogram anyway, as the current drive is toast it seems.

    Think I'll get the 2TB drive, since my other DVR (HR23-700 with a 1.5TB drive) is starting to get a bit squirrely now, so the HR20 may end up being the replacement with the new drive, and the HR23 would be the backup.

    Don't believe the DVR is owned by DirecTV, I bought it off eBay, and then swapped the drive out, so there's no warranty, and as far as I'm concerned, it's mine. Thanks again! :righton:
     
  7. prisoner6

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    Hey Rich - 1 last question, on that WD green drive, I can't find any rotational speed spec. It just says "Intellipower", so it could be 5400, or 7200. The original Seagate DB35 Barracuda is a 7200rpm drive, so am thinking perhaps getting a 2TB Seagate Barracuda with 7200rpm speed might work better (it's also $90 at Amazon). It's a

    Seagate ST3750840SCE Seagate DB35 750GB INT 3 5 IN SATA HDD 7200RPM 8MB 1 IN HEIGHT 5,
    and the link is here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST3750840SCE-750GB-7200RPM-HEIGHT/dp/B000YX480G

    The original drive was a Seagate DB35, so perhaps this is a closer replacement. Any thoughts? Thanks.
     
  8. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    I used to use Barracudas. Damn things made so much noise, I switched to WD drives. The Green WD drives are all 5400RPM drives as far as I know. They work as well as a 7200RPM drive will. RunnerFL uses Seagates, but I think he uses a different model than the Cudas. As soon as he reads this post, I'm sure he'll pop up and tell you which Seagates he prefers.

    Rich
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    I use the Seagate Enterprise Constellation drives.

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Enterprise-Constellation-Cache-Internal-ST2000NM0033/dp/B00A47FS92/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1383077858&sr=8-3&keywords=seagate+enterprise+constellation
     
  10. prisoner6

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    Thanks for the additional info, Rich and RunnerFL. Will probably give the WD Green drive at shot. At $90, can't really go wrong, as long as the 5400 rpm works, that's all I care about.
     
  11. CCarncross

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    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Those boxes really should say which model HDD is inside. I've usually been able to find out by going to Amazon and searching, then reading the reviews. Someone who reviews the item usually states the actual model in the review. Kinda hit and miss using that approach, tho.

    Just tried to find it and found the item but it had no reviews and nothing shows up on the WD site either. I do know it has a 32 cache and is probably an older model.

    Rich
     
  13. prisoner6

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    I got and installed the WD Green drive, but am not having any luck getting the HR-20 to format it. When I power it up, the lights light up, and the circular lights revolve for some time, but no screen ever comes up. Have also tried powering up while holding the REC button and the down arrow, but that hasn't done anything either. Is there anything I"m missing here, in order to get the new drive formatted and the DVR running?

    Thanks.
     
  14. Herdfan

    Herdfan DIRECTV A-Team

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    Seriously? I have 4 of them still running strong. Including my original from October 2006?
     
  15. Drucifer

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    Well I called them over a month ago about my account and they have my listed leased HR21-200 as owned. Believe me, it is just the last one in a line of refurbish replacements. I'm only hanging on to it for a future upgrade to a second genie.
     
  16. Rich

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    Did you:

    Unplug the power cords from the HR and external device? Then, did you make sure the eSATA to eSATA jumper cord was securely in place? Then, did you power up the external device and let the HDD spin all the way up? If you did all those things in that order, when you plugged in the HR your external HDD should have been recognized by the HR.

    Don't screw around with any other buttons, just follow the instructions above and if that doesn't work try a different external device. If that doesn't work, try a different model HDD. The HDD you have isn't an EURS is it? Which external device are you using?

    Rich
     
  17. prisoner6

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    Hi Rich - actually, because the old internal drive doesn't boot up at all, I removed it and replaced it with the new WD Green drive, so there is no external device. Of course, I had the power cord disconnected during the replacement process, so it is powering up from a non-powered state. Essentially, just replaced the old drive with a new one (the WD Green drive you recommended at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/WD-Green-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B008YAHW6I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382808045&sr=8-1&keywords=wd+internal+hard+drive+2tb).

    Do I have to hook this drive up as an external device, with a working drive as the internal drive, in order to get the DVR to format it? Or will the DVR format it from scratch if it's installed as the new internal drive? I have another DVR, an HR23-700, that is limping along, I have to reset it every few hours, and its internal drive is failing all the diagnostic tests. I'm buying a HR24-200 DVR today locally just to have something that works in the interim. Worse comes to worse, I can hook the new drive to the HR23 as an external device (guess I'll need a eSata jumper) and format it that way.

    If the HR20 internal drive is toasted to the point I can't get to the bootup screen (which is the case), if I hook up the new WD drive as an external device, will that be enough for the DVR to be able to see it and format it? And then, would I continue to use the new drive only as an external device, or could I then swap it out and use it as the new internal drive?

    Thanks again for all the help, sorry for the confusion on my side.
     
  18. CCarncross

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    If you put a new drive in internally and its not booting up, unless there is a problem with the new drive, the problem with your HR may not have been the drive....
     
  19. prisoner6

    prisoner6 New Member

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    It is now up and running (probably has been running for some time), just a really dumb user error (HDMI cable slipped out of the back of the TV, duh). Anyway, seems to be working fine. Thanks for all the help.
     

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