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

  1. Jul 9, 2011 #1341 of 3467
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    If your PC doesn't have eSATA connector - a) you could buy PCI/PCIe/Expressport one, b) desktop: open a cover, use I-L (eSATA-SATA) cable, connect to any free SATA connector on MB.
    If you have eSATA port on the PC - just use your existing cable.
     
  2. phil.

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    i have a seagate free agent 750gb external drive i've been using with my hr22 for a few years. recently got an additional hr24, but can't seem to get the hr24 to see the external drive. i tried the drive back on the hr22 and it works fine so i'm assuming there's nothing wrong with the drive, cables, etc. when connecting to the hr24, i'm expecting to see the drive reformatted, right? i'm not expecting to see the existing recordings on there. i recorded a single show on the hr24 internal drive and despite numerous attempts, i keep seeing the same single recording so i'm on the presumption that the external drive isn't seen by the hr24. last thing i tried last night was connecting to my imac and using disk utility to erase the drive in hopes the hr24 would try to reformat the drive again, but same thing. any ideas?
     
  3. P Smith

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    Same idea - eliminate 'middle man' ie SATA chip inside of your enclosure; try to connect the drive directly to eSATA port of HR24.
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    I have Antec MX-1 enclosure. It has been unhooked from my HD-DVR for a month or so now. Today I was planning on hooking it back up, but the power cord (the part that plugs into the wall, not the part that hooks into the back of the enclosure) came unattached from the rest of the power adapter, and fell in with some other power cords. I don't want to plug the wrong one in, so can someone with an MX-1 enclosure read the writing on the plug for me?!

    Thanks!
    ~Alan
     
  5. rsblaski

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    The block reads:
    OPTI
    switching adapter
    Model: PA-225

    and then some other stuff.

    Is this enough for what you need?
    If not, I can add more info.
    Rick
     
  6. P Smith

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    Add info about voltage and current values, what size/type of low voltage connector.
     
  7. aprilia1k

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aprilia1k View Post
    I have read that the HR24 (all HR dvrs?) formats to Linux "extended filesystem" (either ext3fs or maybe the newer ext4fs) if the drive's not already that format. I've read elsewhere that it uses FAT32. Did your HR clearly just work with FAT32, or might it have done it's own formatting? I know that many perceived FAT32 shortcomings are really limitations in Microsloth tools, and not problems with the actual filesystem - but fragmentation (I think of recording 2 shows simultaneously as a potential issue) and single-file size limits (4gb iirc?) seem like they could be a problem with FAT32. I'm not an expert in windows filesystems, just wondering what the HRs are doing

    Does anyone know for sure?

    It seems clear that it does not do a "low-level" format (detecting & marking bad sectors during format, etc..), as that would require hours and hours at least, and from what I hear most people say it takes "a few minutes" to format a new 1 or 2TB drive (on their HR24s anyway).

    P Smith:
    "Yes, that well known fact what mentioned many times here."

    [Usually newcomers don't bother to read forums, just posting own minds...]

    P Smith, it is clear that english is not your first language, and that you are somewhat hostile. You replied without really understanding my post at all. I _have_ read the forums ALOT, and have found contradictory information on which FS is used by the HRs. Why not just let it go, rather than scolding people on a whim? Apologies if I was "just posting own mind...". I know it's audacious of anyone else to have a thought in their head, besides yourself eh? Smile, I jest. ;-)
    Still, I hope this isn't your only source of validation man, though that'd explain the pontification and puffery.

    i read this entire thread and several others. I am asking a question. It is precisely that I have read, in these forums, different and contradictory information about the format. Does anyone know which filesystem is used in the HRs? Is it a linux extXfs filesystem, or is it for certain FAT? P Smith, please don't switch on the flamethrower - there are plenty of folks who are friendly and just like to share - I don't need another scolding reply in criticism. If no one does know for certain, that's ok. I am not using an external yet. When I get to it, I guess I will find out for myself.

    Thanks friends. Sorry for the sparks, I've just read so many posts by ... and have seen a real pattern, and guess I'm empathizing with many others at this point. Ciao.

    Oh - Rick, I thought that "model PA-225" was quite adequate.
    Alan - this should be a link to a picture of the plug on the PA-225: http://azsurplus.com/images/OPTI_PA-225_4.jpg

    It is a switching supply, 5VDC and 12VDC 4 pin. Found one for sale.
    Seems that "Antec" and "Vantec" may have some affiliation, as the similar names might imply, heh.

    Manufacturer: OPTI / Vantecusa
    Model Number: PA-225 , PA225

    Input Voltage: 100-240VAC ~ 0.8A 50/60Hz, 50-80VA
    Output: Dual Voltage
    +5V == 2A
    +12 == 2A
    Connector: 4 Pin 9mm mini Din (SVideo Type)

    Pin 1: 5v DC
    Pin 2: 12v DC
    Pin 3: Ground
    Pin 4: Ground

    This is the same power adapter, for sale from some surplus site:

    http://azsurplus.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_6&products_id=4558
     
  8. P Smith

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    It is XFS file system with real-time extension.
     
  9. subeluvr

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    As P. Smith posted... It is EXT3+XFS file system with real-time extension

    The HR24 will prepare an unformatted and unpartitioned drive or it will repartition a FAT32 drive.

    I know for a fact and have seen with my own eyes a WD AVR Extender eSATA 1TB drive that comes out of the box partitioned and formatted FAT32 repartitioned by an HR24-500 to EXT3+XFS file system.

    I know for a fact and have seen with my own eyes an unpartitioned and unformatted WD10EURS drive in a TT dock partitioned by an HR24-500 to EXT3+XFS file system.
     
  10. P Smith

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    We knew that for last couple years and the fact posted many times ...
     
  11. subeluvr

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    The WE apparently didn't include Aprilia1k... he/she asked and I replied.
     
  12. Alan Gordon

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    Yeah, I know which one's the block. I need to know what writing the power cord has (in other words, what does the writing on the plug say?).

    ~Alan
     
  13. rsblaski

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    Between the prongs, it has
    KENIC
    ker-01
    E155178

    Hope this helps.
    Rick
     
  14. Alan Gordon

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    Yep... sorta.... LOL!!!

    Mine has KENIC
    KE-01
    E155176

    Must be an older model.

    ~Alan
     
  15. wijamie

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    I just ordered a WD 2TB EARS with an MX-1 for my HR 20-100. Just a couple questions for clarification...

    From everything I've read, the newest DirecTV firmware would make this drive fully compatible?

    Do I need to put a jumper on this drive?

    Thanks in advance for your help...
     
  16. Rich

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    Should work without jumpers. Does work without jumpers on my 20-700s, but I don't know a thing about the 20-100s.

    All you can do is try. If it doesn't work put a jumper between the 5&6 pins on the HDD.

    If that doesn't work, return the HDD and get another model.

    Rich
     
  17. kymikes

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    That is what I have on an HR21-700. Works great w/o jumpers and is totally quiet. Have fun.
     
  18. Rich

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    I wish more people would take advantage of the eSATA function. It does improve the viewing experience and allows for backups without clogging the smaller stock drives. Pretty cheap now. Yet another advantage.

    Rich
     
  19. wijamie

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    Thanks everyone,

    I did have an ESata 1 TB Cavalry external attached to it for about 2 and 1/2 years with no problems, but it just died.

    Pretty great situation replacing it, though. I had a 3-year SquareTrade warranty (about $15 at the time) and they sent me an Amazon gift card code for a replacement within a week of filing the claim. I was able to get the new WD/MX-1 combo for virtually nothing as a replacement. It's my first experience with SquareTrade, but after this I'd highly recommend it.
     
  20. HDJulie

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    I'm thinking about putting the same thing in my HR20-700. This should not be a problem, right?
     

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