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

  1. Aug 22, 2010 #781 of 3467
    Rich

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    If you're using an enclosure, you might need a jumper on the HDD. Out of the three EADS HDDs that I've bought, I had to send one back. Too noisy. WD is far from perfect. Best we've got tho.

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  2. Aug 22, 2010 #782 of 3467
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    Thanks for that info. I was using a startech esata/usb dock. Not sure why it worked great for a few days and now I have issues. I just now swapped it for a mascool dock to see how that works. I prefer a dock if possible. Is there one that is known to work well?
     
  3. Aug 22, 2010 #783 of 3467
    Davenlr

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    I use Rosewill, but mine is an enclosure.
     
  4. Aug 22, 2010 #784 of 3467
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    I've got two Thermaltake docking stations, one on a 24-500 and one on a 20-700. Both work well. Here's a link.

    I've had the one on the 24-700 for a month or so and just got the other one last week. So far I have nothing bad to say about the docking stations. The reviews of the Thermaltakes on amazon.com are good. Mine are quiet, just warm to the touch and so easy to install. No tools. What a great idea!

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  5. Aug 22, 2010 #785 of 3467
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    Rich is using a Thermaltake dock.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2010 #786 of 3467
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    Rich should be getting endorsements from the company. ;)
     
  7. Aug 23, 2010 #787 of 3467
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    Has anyone tried the Thermaltake DUAL drive docking station, model ST0014U with their?

    Seeing as they are on sale at Best Buy this week for the same price as the single version, I figured I'd go with the dual version. But I am wondering if it being dual will cause problems with my HR20(very soon to be HR24). I currently have a 2tb drive in an Antec MX-1 that is about 3 yrs old. The fan is starting to make some noticeable noise. So rather than fiddle with it(I tried to lube the fan but saw no place to do so), I decided to try one of the docking stations, taking a fan out of the equation.

    I dunno if it being a dual drive dock, if that will cause issues.

    Thanx

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    To be clear, I intend on only installing 1 drive, I just wanna know if having the 2 ports would cause confusion on the HR20.
     
  8. Aug 23, 2010 #788 of 3467
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    I dunno, I've only tried the singe drive docks. I don't see what advantage the dual docks have. Unless you could record two HRs on the double dock. Would that be an advantage? Hmmm.

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  9. Aug 23, 2010 #789 of 3467
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    I doubt there is any advantage, but I just figured since it is on sale for the same price as the single, why not get the dual. I may have other uses for it later(computer related).
     
  10. Aug 23, 2010 #790 of 3467
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    I figured that the dual dock was a computer peripheral. I have tried to wrap my mind around how they work. Could you hook up two HRs to the two individual drives? That would save you money if you have a couple of HRs stacked. I gotta take a look...Where did you see the dual dock? I just looked on amazon.com and all I see is a dual USB dock.

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  11. Aug 23, 2010 #791 of 3467
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    Found it here.

    It only has one eSATA port. Don't see how you could use it on an HR. It says in Specifications that you can: Read & Write 2 Hard Drives simultaneously.

    Could that mean a duplication of data on each of the two HDDs? Works like a RAID box?

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  12. Aug 23, 2010 #792 of 3467
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    Could it be used for backing up things to 2 drives at the same time, so if one fails, you have a back up? Or could you get 4TB of HDD space? ;)
     
  13. Aug 24, 2010 #793 of 3467
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    I ran it last night and it works fine with one drive installed and that is all I expected and wanted. I didn't try 2 drives because I know it won't work.

    It will only support 2 drives if you eSATA port supports a multiplier as that is how it handles 2 drives. There's not a lot of support for the eSATA multiplier yet.

    The only reason I bought the 2 port version is because it was on sale, downto the same price as the single port version. So I figured why not.
     
  14. Aug 24, 2010 #794 of 3467
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    I was thinking that since it only has one eSATA input, it might copy the same data to both HDDs as a RAID box would do at a considerably cheaper price. Still don't know. I don't think you'd get 4TB of space, but without one to play with...

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  15. Aug 24, 2010 #795 of 3467
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    That answers my questions. Now tell me what an "eSATA multiplier" is. First time I've heard of them/it.

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  16. Aug 24, 2010 #796 of 3467
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    The DVR will only recognize up to 2TB currently, so anything over 2TB is ignored.
     
  17. Aug 25, 2010 #797 of 3467
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    So problems with dust if using one of those thermaltake docks? That would be my only concern. Will the MX-1 handle a 2TB drive? It thought when I got mine 2 years ago it had a 1TB limit.
     
  18. Aug 25, 2010 #798 of 3467
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    No problems with dust so far. The MX-1s will handle 2TBs. The TTDS is a much simpler solution tho.

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  19. Aug 26, 2010 #799 of 3467
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    Guess I'll go for the 2TB EVDS in the TTDS. I have a TTDS already that I use with my PC, I have drive sitting in it that I use for backups once in a while. I guess the dust issue never bothered me with it, though it's not on 24/7/365 either and I know the place my MX-1 is sitting is a dusty place. Maybe I'll put on a faux covering just to try to cut down on dust getting on it, but not trying to keep it totally covered. I'm just concerned mainly for that circuit board on the bottom of the drive.

    On the plus side, I've always hated that power connector on the MX-1, it wiggles too easy, so if I hit the power cord, sometimes it wiggles enough to kill the power, won't have to worry about that on the TTDS.
     
  20. Aug 26, 2010 #800 of 3467
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    Ever open up that MX-1? That very efficient fan is like a vacuum cleaner. I've never seen so much dust in any DVR or any electronic equipment. And we don't have a dusty house, or so our housekeepers tell us.

    That power connector is really something, isn't it? I've often wondered why it is so complex for just a power cord. Never had one fail tho.

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