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

  1. Rich

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    Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised either. Must be simple to make. They do work well, tho. The only problem I've had is with the on/off button on one. Fortunately it failed in the "on" position.

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  2. Rich

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    Oh yeah, if you lost two HDDs on the same 24-500, I'd be pretty sure it was the 500 that caused the problem. They come with Seagate Pipeline 500GB drives in them. Hard to believe that two HDDs would fail in/on the same HR without it being the HR's fault.

    The 24-200 might very well be the best of the 24s. They're made by Samsung and the one I had worked very well. But it had a loose barrel for the coax connector on the back and I didn't realize it until it was too late. Turn one of those barrels and it breaks the small metal link that's inside the box. Now I check each barrel before I put the coax on the HRs. Hard way to learn.

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  3. Rich

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    Is this the Thermaltake docking station you used?

    That should have worked if that's the one you used. Some of the docking stations are only USB. You need the SATA docking station.

    If that is the one you used, tell me exactly what steps you used to hook the docking station to the HR.

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  4. kilobravo

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    Yes, Rich, that's the docking station that I bought and yes, I'm using eSata vice USB. As for hooking it up, I tried a couple different ideas the first was the connection and power up order in the docs for the enclosure:

    Power down HR24, connect all cables, power up docking station, power up HR24. Tried a couple resets/restarts at the receiver, too. Nada.

    Also tried powering up the HR24 before powering up the docking station, same result.

    So, if there's a magic order for connection/power up, I'm all ears and thanks. And BTW, I never got the LED on the docking station to come on although I know the receptacle I put the transformer brick in is hot. However, I did not check to see if there was voltage on the output side of the brick. Had planned to try the rig on my computer just to see if it works as advertised there but today was mowing day and after four hours in the hot sun, my incentive level to unhook the rig and bring it into the office is low. <grin>

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  5. kilobravo

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    I figured out the problem and as usual, it was operator error. When I went to hook up the TT enclosure to my PC this morning, I took a closer look at what I THOUGHT was a rubber connector plug on the back and yep, as embarrassing as it is to admit, having my cheaters on for the first time during this drill, that's when I saw the international symbol for power and realized it was an Oh En Oh Eff Eff switch. (laughing)

    Hooked it back to the HR24, powered everything up and after the receiver self test I saw, "Formatting Storage Device" so HOPEFULLY that's the end of the problem.
     
  6. CCarncross

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    I guess this should have tipped us all off that you didnt have the power turned on....sorry...:lol:
     
  7. Rich

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    They could have made that switch more like the MX-1's power switch. I think they went the cheap route with what they used. I've read a lot of posts about that power switch failing. Strange that it fails in the on position.

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  8. Rich

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    Glad you got it up and running. Most of the external devices do have a power switch on them, some obvious like the MX-1, some not so obvious. I think the FAP even had a power switch on it, way back when.

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  9. powpowmeow

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    update:

    all in all im pretty happy with the setup to this point, especially for the money invested
    most of the slowdown occurs when i am deleting a show that is currently recording
    other than that, menus load about as fast as normal, and keep in mind i have maxed this drive out for a while, usually leaving about 1-2% free

    i did have a one time incident where the receiver stopped responding to the remote altogether for no discernible reason - unplugged hr24, plug back in, good to go again afterwards
     
  10. raott

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    Can anyone recommend a drive plus enclosure solution (ie I can go to bestbuy or walmart to get it) that will work, other than what are recommended on the D* website.

    My HR20 is rebooting constantly, it is likely my esata drive (going to test it without), as both are several years old.

    Looking for something about 1TB.

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  11. Rich

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    Didn't you have a problem getting the EURS to be recognized by the HR? Or was that someone else. Sounds as if its working OK now.

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  12. Rich

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    I don't recall seeing any enclosures at BB or WalMart, but I haven't been looking for them either. Easier and cheaper to get them on Amazon. I've got a 20-700 with a WD EADS inside it and it keeps rebooting. Not constantly, just occasionally. When that fails, I'm gonna stick an EURS in it.

    If going to your internal drive stops the rebooting it's probably the enclosure. I'd buy a new enclosure before purchasing a new HDD.

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  13. powpowmeow

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    Nope, not at all. Entire set up process took about 5-10 minutes and I had no issues.

    I did have some menu slowdown around 40% full though, thats probably what you remeber. Guessing it is because of the size of the drive.

    I went with the EURS because it has a larger memory cache.
     
  14. JasonTX

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    While there are still third party sellers that have the 20EVDS at Amazon, Amazon themselves no longer show up as a retailer for them. Not sure if they are just temporarily out of stock or they aren't going to sell them anymore. Another online retailer I checked said they were discontinued on the 19th. I wonder if they really are going away.

    I bought a MX-1 from Amazon but still haven't decided EVDS or EURS.
     
  15. Rich

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    Must have been someone else. Glad yours is working correctly.

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  16. P Smith

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    For future reference, could you post your DVR model and SW version on it ?
     
  17. powpowmeow

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    Sure-

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  18. SWORDFISH

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    Best Buy does carry the MX-1 and some drives, but as Rich said, it is cheaper to go through Amazon.


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    Best Buy does have the MX-1, as well as the Thermaltake at _some_ stores. I needed a TT in a hurry and found that only a few of the stores in my area had them in stock. If you need one in a hurry, you can check store availability at their web site.
    If speed is not an issue, Amazon, and at times, Buy.com have better prices with no sales tax.
     
  20. JasonTX

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    I tried my new MX-1 with WD20EURS on my HR24-500 last night and it took it a couple tries to get it to format fully without getting a "there is a problem with your storage device" error. After reversing the cable it did format, but it just seems to crawl thru the rest of the boot before the screen goes black on the waiting for satellite info screen.

    Anyone think the WD20EVDS would make a difference? My local fry's has some in stock apparently.

    I do have another HR24-500, maybe I should try it there as a test.

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