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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Jun 30, 2009 #1 of 3415
    Doug Brott

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    Can I increase the recording capacity of my DVR?

    For folks that are adding HDD capacity to their receiverss, DIRECTV has added the following FAQ to their web page:

    DIRECTV.com
     
  2. Jun 30, 2009 #2 of 3415
    Mike Bertelson

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    DirecTV considers this a modification of our system? Interesting.

    Official guidance. This is a good thing and step in right direction. :)

    Mike
     
  3. Jun 30, 2009 #3 of 3415
    Drew2k

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    Kansas Zephyr

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    This should probably be a sticky thread.
     
  5. Jun 30, 2009 #5 of 3415
    Doug Brott

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    Yup .. I'll keep it stuck for a while.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2009 #6 of 3415
    dave29

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    That's interesting that they even put a 500gb model on there considering that the latest DVR's have a 500gb drive. Although, it would basically double an HR20-21's capacity.
     
  7. Jul 1, 2009 #7 of 3415
    mabellboi

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    It says the standard HD becomes "disable"... safe to assume it won't access anything that is already stored on there? Does it turn off the internal hard drive entirely so it's not spinning? Does it copy the content over to the new one?

    If I unplug the larger one, and reboot, does that standard one in the dvr become "enabled" again?
     
  8. Jul 1, 2009 #8 of 3415
    davring

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    It will not copy any content from the internal drive and yes, if you disconnect the external drive it will revert back to using the internal. Also, whan adding an E-sata drive you will need to rebuild your series links and I believe your favorite lists as well as that info is stored on the HDD.
     
  9. Jul 1, 2009 #9 of 3415
    CopyCat

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    This also keeps the receiver from being replaced when the hard drive wears out. The CSR will ask if there is a eSATA drive attached and if so, turn off power to the receiver and unplug the eSATA. Now turn the receiver back on.

    "Oh it works, you need to get a new external drive, until then you can use your internal drive."
     
  10. Jul 1, 2009 #10 of 3415
    Drew2k

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    From the grin with your post, I suspect you are jesting, right? :)

    It's unsupported right now, so I wonder if while troubleshooting a CSR would ask if an eSATA drive is installed. Has anyone experienced this yet?

    From other posts here at DBSTalk, it appears that the same error code is given whether the internal or external drive fails, so I would think it's in DIRECTV's best interest to have a different error code for external drive failures simply so that troubleshooting calls would be simplified.
     
  11. Jul 1, 2009 #11 of 3415
    Rich

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    I haven't talked to any CSRs that knew what an eSATA is. I always ask the CSRs (I only deal with PP CSRs as a rule) if they have an HR. I've only talked to one or two CSRs that did have an HR. Now, they open the door to questions about eSATAs that they will not be able to answer.

    The only error message I've ever seen was just after an NR and the HR said that the storage device was, and this is a paraphrase, corrupted. That was about an eSATA. I've never seen an error message concerning an internal drive. I've had quite a few replacements that I couldn't activate and they gave no error messages.

    I did make the mistake of hooking up an eSATA to a 21-100 before activating it. Still don't know why I did that, it was a perfectly good FAP and the 100 just destroyed it during the boot up process. That's something they should have been included in the message. Something like "Do not attempt to activate an HR with an eSATA hooked up to it."

    By the way, I count sixteen acronyms in my part of this post. "...Kettle...Black?" :lol:

    Rich
     
  12. Jul 1, 2009 #12 of 3415
    armophob

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    I see editing is alive and well at Directv's web site. :lol:


    # 5. Plug in the power chord of your receiver.
     
  13. Jul 1, 2009 #13 of 3415
    Rich

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    At least they got the sequence right. Glad to see some of them are reading the forum.

    I gotta say this: Kinda strikes a chord when you see something like a misspelled word in a document, doesn't it? :lol:

    Rich
     
  14. Jul 3, 2009 #14 of 3415
    oldbamaguy

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    I wonder why they didn't mention the Western Digital 2TB WD20EADS??
    When I asked DBSTALK what to get, the WD20EADS in an Antec MX-1 enclosure was the eSATA combination most recommended by a wide margin.
    Best To ALL!!
    oldbamaguy
     
  15. Jul 3, 2009 #15 of 3415
    Drew2k

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    The DIRECTV recommendations are all for pre-assembled off-the-shelf eSATA drives, that is, they are drives within enclosures so they just have to be unboxed and then are plug-and-play and would work best for the novice user. DBSTalk has some more advanced users, so there have been recommendations here for parts to-be-assembled as well as off-the-shelf eSATA drives. The whole thing is even though it's still not officially supported, DIRECTV still wants it to be as easy as possible for the users...
     
  16. Jul 5, 2009 #16 of 3415
    Doug Brott

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    I think there may be some sort of special processing with the recommended drives, although I don't know specifically what that means.
     
  17. Jul 5, 2009 #17 of 3415
    hdtvfan0001

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    As oldalabamaguy mentioned...a number of folks have successfully used the WD20EAD.

    But if it's not on "the list"...using an alternative drive is done at your own risk. You may have no problems whatsoever, but just be aware alternatives have not been "certified" by DirecTV as acceptable.
     
  18. Jul 5, 2009 #18 of 3415
    Drew2k

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    I think it's more fair to say that use of ANY eSATa drive is at the user's own risk, as DIRECTV makes it clear that use of external drives is not officially supported. Also the site only recommends some specific eSATA drives, but it does not say they are certified. To do so would elevate those drives to "officially supported" status.
     
  19. Jul 5, 2009 #19 of 3415
    harsh

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    You didn't recognize this as being a message from Earl?
     
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    armophob

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    Ahhh, a secret chode from Earl;)
     

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