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Does Esata Force a Reformat

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by chefwong, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. chefwong

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    I have a HR21 with a bad hard drive. If I plug in a hard drive via esata, will the firmware format the drive via Esata or I'm still SOL and will need to get a replacement.....
     
  2. Manctech

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    Yes. It formats the internal and sets up the external for use. Or so I was told.
     
  3. jdspencer

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    I don't think it formats the internal drive. Just formats the external for first time use. Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to disconnect the external and be able to view the shows recorded on the internal.

    Which does the OP no good if he has a bad internal drive, other than get the DVR operational.
     
  4. jgriffin104

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    A quick fix if you want to keep the unit is replace the hard drive with the drive in the ESATA enclosure.
     
  5. davring

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    +1
     
  6. Rich

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    What do you mean by "bad hard drive"?

    Rich
     

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