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

  1. Rich

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    Just called them and they don't know! But you're buying a modified HR, so right away that goes against the TOS. Just called ACT and the CSR had to check on that and came back and told me it would be owned. BTW, that price is only for today, then it goes back to its regular price of $999. Sheesh.

    Minimalist..... :lol:

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  2. Rich

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    Here comes the "boomerang effect": What enclosure are you using? I was just on Newegg and some of them were decently priced. I think I remember you saying it is a Sans Digital model, but I don't remember which model.

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  3. RunnerFL

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    For my 9TB RAID5 setup I was using this one. There were intermittent micro dropouts on some recordings but I couldn't say 100% it was the enclosure's fault though.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006MB9B2E/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

    I recently went back to this one with 2 3TB drives in a RAID0 array:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QQ4584/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00
     
  4. BAHitman

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    Promise SmartStor DS4600.

    works flawless so far... been in use for about 9 months...
     
  5. Rich

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    Geez, I paid ~ $500 each for the 2 RAID enclosures I bought about four years ago.

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  6. TitanFan

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    Unless your disk controller has a fair amount of cache, I would think the RAID 5 parity data calculation & write could cause a performance issue if you're recording a lot of shows at the same time. I can understand data protection for your recording, but I think today's disk drives are more reliable than the DVR, so it's not necessary.
     
  7. Rich

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    Agreed, glad to see I'm not the only one with that opinion.

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  8. BAHitman

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    That's why cheapest is not always best, and as long as the RAID CPU can keep up with writes, there's no problem...

    I have tested 5 record / 4 playback with what I have and it works fine on my HR34. and while the drives are pretty reliable, the DVR's are as well in my experience... have had 2 HDD failures and 1 power supply failure in the time I have owned my HR's...

    as long as you can keep the drive cool they are very reliable... I just recently retired some 750's that have been running non-stop for more than 6 years in my server's external enclosure.

    The reason I use RAID5 is because I just don't trust RAID0/spanning with that many disks to run that long without a failure...
     
  9. Rich

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    Still, there's always the chance of losing the HR that recorded all the content on the HDDs. Then, you've lost everything. Until D* allows us to use any HR to view content on any HDD recorded within your account, I would not get a five tuner HR and put a huge amount of recordings on it. Just my opinion.

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  10. BAHitman

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    Yes it's true if the HR dies I lose the content, but I know this and if it happens it happens, and then there's the chance that a software update changes the functionality where it would be possible to do this, and if such should happen, I have a cache of recordings all ready to go to one of my other's if it comes down to that... if not, delete the recordings, and still will have the SL's and other settings stored on the drive...
     
  11. detroit_fan

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    just wanted to update. the external drive is still going great, it has made my system so much better. thanks again for all of you who helped me with this
     
  12. Rich

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    Wonderful! Now if more people would just listen to our recommendations instead of buying unknown external devices, they'd be happy campers too.

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  13. Rich

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    Well, you've got enough HRs to do a decent amount of backing up valued content.

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  14. hobbes4444

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    Thinking of replacing an eSATA drive that's down to a bit under 30% with my HR20-100. I've stuck to 1TB or 1.5TB so far based on recommendations here. Many of the new working set ups involve newer receivers with 2TB drives. Is it safe/reliable to connect a 2TB drive to my HR20-100 (with a TT dock)? Looking at the WD Red or the WD20EURS AV drive.

    And if I want to switch back and forth between HDDs (on the same receiver), would this be the appropriate series of steps?


    - Unplug the HR.
    - Unplug the TT.
    - Remove eSATA from HR.
    - Swap HDDs.
    - Connect eSATA cable to HR.
    - Plug in TT and give it several seconds to allow HDD to get up to speed.
    - Last, plug in the HR.
     
  15. P Smith

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    if you have one TT dock these steps are not required:
    - Remove eSATA from HR.
    - Swap HDDs.
    - Connect eSATA cable to HR.
     
  16. CCarncross

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    In my mind, these 2 BOLDED steps are unnecessary.

    menu restart HR
    when lights go out pull HR power plug
    unplug TT
    swap drives
    plug in TT and wait 30 secs for drive to spin up
    plug in HR

    very similar to your process but what I have done for over 5 years and never a problem. I've got 2TB EURS on on 2 different HR2x models. I have no experience with the Red models.
     
  17. hobbes4444

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    Thanks ^ and ^^. Just waiting for any +/- re the 2TB drives with the HR20-100 specifically. I searched and found a bunch of 1TB and 1.5TB, and I have experience with those. BUt I don't recall any 20-100 and 2TB comments.
     
  18. P Smith

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    WDC AV/GP drives are OK for any DVR
     
  19. CCarncross

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    Literally 100's of people have 2 TB's on HR20's, quite truthfully, I feel it makes absolutely no difference in the dvr manufacturer. I have an HR20-700 with a 2TB EURS/TT combo on it, and 2 HR22-100's with 2TB/TT combos on them...never had an issue with any of them. All of the HR2x series support up to 2TB, and most of us use and/or recommend the EURS drives.
     
  20. RunnerFL

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    Seagate drives work just as well.
     

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