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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. Jun 5, 2013 #2541 of 3467
    whorne

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    Thanks for the input. I saw alot of discussion on here about the EARS/X and EURS version but little on this particular unit.
     
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    Ok I missed that. I will probably end getting th SansDigital box you suggested, but funds are extremely tight right now and I want to make this move before I get much recorded on the internal drive.

    What about this one: http://www.amazon.com/DIGITAL-TR4UTBPN-eSATA-Hardware-Enclosure/dp/B005JOZC0A/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373935389&sr=1-2&keywords=TR4UTBPN

    Btw, I didn't want to bother you with another PM. That's why I just posted here. I really appreciate your time answering my questions.
     
  6. P Smith

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    Since the new models HR34/44 begin support drives/logical disks more then 2 TB, could the changes cover support of multiple HDD via internal port multiplier without RAID boxes ?
    I would try the box just to test the theory ...
     
  7. P Smith

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    it's a gamble if read reviews, 50-50
    actually the point of low budget power brick what couldn't power more then one drive ... well get both, test them and return that what is not work for you
     
  8. RunnerFL

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    That one sounds like it should work but I don't recall anyone here saying they've given one a shot. You'd be the first so make sure you let us know.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    There is no port multiplier in an HR34/HR44.
     
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    Hey gang, I've followed this thread with interest in preparation for my upgrade. So, today I received a genie box (an R34, but whatever) and based on reading along here, I had a Blacx and a 3TB WD green drive ready to go.

    After going through the setup on the DVR and making sure it was updated, I shut it down, unplugged it, and then followed the procedure on the 1st page to hook up the external drive.

    My question now is - how can I tell that it's actually using the external drive? I didn't have anything recorded on the internal drive, so my list has no shows. I hadn't setup any series links since I knew they would be tied to the internal drive and have to be redone anyway.

    I've been digging through the menus, but there's nothing that I can see that addresses the hard drive. I remember with older software, there was a place in the menus that would show you your approximate hours of recording capacity. Does that still exist somewhere?
     
  13. P Smith

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    BlacX dock has a LEDs on top, if it lite only blue color, then the drive is not working for DVR, if it regularly blinking by red LED with blue one, then it's working as external

    it's 100% guarantied test, as the DVR doing buffering all time and do recording to a drive
     
  14. RunnerFL

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    The only way to know 100% for sure is to record something with the external setup then power down and disconnect the external and boot up. If your recording isn't there then you were using the external. You can do it in reverse as well, record with external disconnected and hook it back up, etc.

    The red LED on the doc will sometimes flash even if it is not being used so that's not a good indicator.
     
  15. utlimate_ed

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    I'll probably have to give that a try then. My red light on the dock has been flashing pretty actively after the system came back up and running, so I was hopeful that indicated it was being used.

    Thanks for the info. Guess the that bit in the menus showing the approximate hours of available space disappeared some time back.
     
  16. P Smith

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    It's just telling you as a fact - you're using it, external drive. :)
     
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    The Directv DVRs that were introduced back starting in 2006(HR2x series) have always just displayed % free sapce available. You may be thinking of Tivo, at one time I believe they may have had approximate hours as a space indicator.
     
  18. P Smith

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    I'm pretty sure he is 'spoiled' by dish DVRs, perhaps OTA kind: model TR-50 .
     
  19. RunnerFL

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    The HR's have never shown the approximate hours, that's TiVo.
     
  20. RunnerFL

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    You don't know it as a fact... The only way to know for a fact is to pull the drive. I can put a drive in a DocX that's not hooked up to anything but power and the red LED will flash all day.
     

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