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

  1. May 30, 2010 #701 of 3467
    elixir26

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    I had my HR24 upgrade today but could not lay my hands on a WD20EADS for the eSATA enclosure. I generally don't toss money at Best Buys, but they had a WD20000CSRTL in stock for a Newegg type price, so I took the plunge. It booted right up in the AZiO ENC311SU31 enclosure. (My enclosure of choice) And is running cool and quietly. Time will tell how it holds up but it does work.
     
  2. May 30, 2010 #702 of 3467
    Rich

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    That usually happens if the eSATA jumper cable is not seated securely in the ports. Putting the jumper cables in the opposite way usually clears that up. Don't understand why, but it's happened to me a couple times and reversing the jumper cable always cleared it up.

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  3. May 30, 2010 #703 of 3467
    Rich

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    That is an EADS HDD. It's just the packaging that's different. I think that's the only EADS you can still get on Amazon.com and they've managed to hide it pretty well. I found it by reading the reviews.

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  4. May 30, 2010 #704 of 3467
    shendley

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    Thanks. That's good to know. So far the issue hasn't occurred again, but if it does, I'll do that.

     
  5. Jun 14, 2010 #705 of 3467
    cbabec

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    Does anyone know how to reformat a WD Dvr expander esata external drive. Directv had to replace my box and I can't get it to reformat
     
  6. Jun 14, 2010 #706 of 3467
    Davenlr

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    Plug it into a computer and remove all the partitions, then plug it back into the DVR.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2010 #707 of 3467
    Sam-SS

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    I have two DirecTV HR24 DVRs, each equipped with a Thermaltake external eSATA enclosure. One unit has a
    WD15EADS 1.5tb drive and the other a WD20EADS 2tb drive. The first one has been working fine for quite a long time whereas the second one has had problems right from the git-go. Oh, they both run quite cool in their enclosures.

    What it does is to have skips or blips in both the audio and video but not necessarily at the same time. It does it when viewing TV as well as when recording or playing back recorded stuff. Also, it is subject to having the remote freeze when using it to peruse the channel list or the recorded list, this usually starts again after a minute or two but sometimes not at all (requiring a reboot).

    I switched back to the internal drive and all of the problems ceased. Then I reinstalled a Hitachi
    Deskstar 1tb drive that I had used for a year or so and found that it also works fine.

    I have read something about installing a jumper on the
    WD20EADS but did not find where it said which jumper. Is this worth a try or should I conclude that the WD drive is bad and try and return it? Oh, the WD 1.5tb drive does not have a jumper and has always worked just fine.

    Any help or insight to this would be greatly appreciated.

    ...>>Sam
     
  8. Jul 9, 2010 #708 of 3467
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  9. Jul 9, 2010 #709 of 3467
    THEPOGCBR900RR

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    Where can you put a jumper? I ran a WD20eads for 5 months with out any problems, but now im getting the problems SAM is having.

    Thanks
     
  10. Jul 9, 2010 #710 of 3467
    Davenlr

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    Option 1: Jumper across pins 5 and 6 (counting from the power connector to the left). Switches from 300 to 150mb/s
     
  11. Jul 9, 2010 #711 of 3467
    THEPOGCBR900RR

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    Daa, i feel dumb. I knew where the jumpers on a HD were. I just didnt think the WD20EADS had slots. Never paid attention to them, just put them in the enclosure. Guess ill have to check that out. To bad they dont come with them, ill have to go and get some jumpers from radio shack.
     
  12. Jul 10, 2010 #712 of 3467
    Rich

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    I kinda doubt that the jumpers are gonna help. Can't hurt to try them, but I really doubt that is the problem. Sounds like the HDD might be bad. If you can still return it, that's probably the best solution. The EADS HDDs have a picture of the jumper pins on the label, by the way. The 24s should be running at a transfer speed of 3Mbs and the jumper is just gonna knock it down to 1.5Mbs and that's not gonna work. I think. The only HRs that need the jumper are the 20-700s. I think.

    Rich
     
  13. Jul 10, 2010 #713 of 3467
    Sam-SS

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    Well, I installed the OPT1 jumper on my WD20EADS drive and so far it appears that all of my problems are gone. So far, no blips or skips in the audio/video and no more lockups in the remote. I will know for sure after a few days of operation. I will post any change.

    I was concerned that the reduction in transfer speed would show up in lagging operation of the remote when scrolling down lists but this is not occurring. So, my preliminary take on this is that the HR24 does not need and can not use the 3mbps speed. Further, with the WD Caviar HD20EADS Green drive, running at full speed can cause some problems. However, as I mentioned before, I am running a HD15EADS on a different HR24 without jumper and this one is working fine and has for many months.

    On another subject, I have read some concern about running fanless external cases such as my Thermaltake. I just checked the case outside temperature and it measures 94 degrees. Also,
    with this drive, it is totally silent and can not be heard at all over the TV audio. All I can say is that "it works for me".

    Thanks much for the input. It has been a real help.

    I will be posting a separate thread about some RF remote problems that have recently developed.

    ...>>Sam
     
  14. Jul 10, 2010 #714 of 3467
    Rich

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    Aw, this is just what I didn't want to hear. Not that I wanted you to fail or have more problems, but I am of the opinion that the 21s, 22s, 23 and 24s all worked with 3Mbs HDDs and the jumpers were not needed. I do have two WD 2TB EADS working as internal drives in 20-700s and both are jumpered.

    Your findings confuse me, but I'm glad you got it working. Unfortunately, for me, confusion is a big part of my life. :)

    On the topic of fan-less enclosures, I have Seagate Xtremes that are fan-less and work well and I had a Cavalry eSATA that was fan-less and it ran well for over a year. It was only a 750G eSATA and I dumped it and replaced it with a larger HDD. The Seagate Free Agent Pro eSATAs were fan-less and ran really hot. I never had one fail due to heat, but others have and I believe that they are the only fan-less eSATAs or enclosures that have had heat related problems. At 94 degrees, I wouldn't worry about yours.

    Rich
     
  15. Jul 10, 2010 #715 of 3467
    Sam-SS

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    Well, it may be that these model DVRs will work with a 3Mbps drive. However, I am not sure if there is any detectable performance difference. The problem may be
    the WD20 Green drive. I know it has some features to
    supposedly save energy and it could be that is what was
    causing my problems. As I understand it, installing the
    OPT1 jumper turns that stuff off.

    Oh, on the Thermaltake case, after several more hours
    the temperature is now up to 97 degrees and holding
    steady. As for Seagate drives, every one that I ever
    had ran hot. Hitachi Desksatars have always run cool
    for me.

    ...>>Sam
     
  16. Jul 10, 2010 #716 of 3467
    guigonca

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    anyone knows if this one work with an hr23-700 receiver?


    Western Digital My Book AV DVR Expander 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive WDBABT0010HBK-NESN
     
  17. Jul 11, 2010 #717 of 3467
    Sam-SS

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    It should, I see no reason why not.

    ...>>Sam
     
  18. Jul 11, 2010 #718 of 3467
    Bob_M

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    Yes it should work. I bought one a week ago and I'm using it on my HR21 receiver with no problems at all.:)
     
  19. Jul 18, 2010 #719 of 3467
    joshjr

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    Can someone recommend a external HDD at least 1tb or 1.5 TB in size that works with a HR20-700?
     
  20. Jul 18, 2010 #720 of 3467
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    Get aTenbox.

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