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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. subeluvr

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    Intermittent recognition of the external device by my HR24-500... it turned out to be the TT cable.
     
  2. Laxguy

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    OK, you made me order one. B+H had the best price due to free shipping, today at least!
    Thanks.
     
  3. subeluvr

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    Got mine @ Newegg... $64.99 with free shipping that only took two days and a liberal return policy.

    Newegg also has a deal on the TT dock... $33.97 plus $10 rebate and FREE shipping.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153071
     
  4. ticmxman

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    I carried the WD EARS back and got a WD 1.5TB EVDS. I'll let you know how it does when I have a chance to put it in my MX-1.
     
  5. HDJulie

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    Well, shoot, now I'm all nervous about the EARS I have coming this week. Fortunately, it's for an experiment with my HR20-700 which records the lowest priority of our shows.
     
  6. Aug 1, 2011 #1386 of 3399
    Rich

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    That's just a good HDD. It should work perfectly. Good choice. Did they have the 2TB version in stock? If so, how much?

    Rich
     
  7. Aug 1, 2011 #1387 of 3399
    ticmxman

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    The 2TB was $109. (1.5TB=$89, 1TB= $65)I was tempted but trying to mind the budget so I took the middle ground. The 1.5TB on my HR24-100 and the 500mb on my HR22 should be enough. We had been getting by with 1.25 TB total storage for years and now we have 2TB total. But I'll keep your advice in mind about not retaining programs to the extent they bog the HRs down, that is good advice.

    I got the EVDS up and running last night no problems so far. I'm researching a network problem I have been having since the storm that took out my HR20-700. I've narrowed it down to "IP address conflict with another system on network". I note that the HR22 has a static notation by the IP should it have a static address? Wrong thread for this I guess but any tips?
     
  8. Aug 1, 2011 #1388 of 3399
    mocarob

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    I have an HR20 and was looking at the Fantom 2tb drives that are available.
    There were a few negative reviews on them awhile back but do we have any recent feedback of how they hold up?

    I've searched the threads and though some of you have advised against them ~ I've only seen a couple people report failures.
    I've had a 1tb Cavalry work great for me the past 2-3yrs.
    Thanks.
     
  9. Aug 1, 2011 #1389 of 3399
    P Smith

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    If your store have grace period for return it - try and tell us how it working with latest version of FW
     
  10. Aug 2, 2011 #1390 of 3399
    Rich

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    Wow, that's a great price for the 2TB. But I understand and a 1.5 is still a pretty good sized HDD. Wonder how much shipping is from them? I'll have to check that out.

    I had a lot of problems with IP address conflicts until VOS told me how to put a static IP address on each one of my Net devices. Now, every device that connects to my router has a static IP address and I have no problems at all, in that regard. Almost bought a new computer because of the conflicts.

    I can't say enough about all the help that VOS has given me over the years and I've tried to pass that knowledge down to others whenever I can. Believe me, I don't have the knowledge or background to just pull these answers out of a hat.

    If you don't know how to set up a static IP address, PM me and I'll explain how to do it. I'll send that same info to anyone who asks me for it.

    Rich
     
  11. Aug 2, 2011 #1391 of 3399
    Rich

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    The Fantoms do seem a bit iffy, but it might be as you say. Just a few people with problems and you do tend to notice the problems. I'd still go with what we recognize as the "standard" for external devices. The EURS WD HDD and either an Antec MX-1 enclosure (or a Rosewill enclosure) or the Thermaltake docking station.

    I don't like out of the box eSATAs. We know the EURS or EVDS is made specifically with DVRs in mind and, aside from the 24-500s, these will work with any of the HRs. I've mentioned my problems with the 500s and external drives before. My personal choice is the Thermaltake docking station for an external device. No tools needed. About as close to "Plug and Play" as you're gonna get right now.

    Rich
     
  12. Aug 2, 2011 #1392 of 3399
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    Dropped your package in the mail today. Should have it in a week.

    Rich
     
  13. Aug 2, 2011 #1393 of 3399
    P Smith

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    OK. Will test them all ..
     
  14. Aug 2, 2011 #1394 of 3399
    Rich

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    Enjoy yourself, I was just gonna throw them out.

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  15. Aug 2, 2011 #1395 of 3399
    P Smith

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    That's my nature (as EE worked for Sustain Group) - test, test, test ... :) And find root cause, make it works again and prevent the issue in a future.
     
  16. Aug 2, 2011 #1396 of 3399
    ticmxman

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    I should note these were what they called OEM drives, new but not in a box, just a sealed package.
    They have a 15 day return policy.

    I managed to resolve my network issue. I on the HR22 I redid the network set up and all is well. At least for now. But I will PM you to get the details on setting up the static IP address in case the issue returns. I've done some research on Network issues but have more to learn.
     
  17. Aug 2, 2011 #1397 of 3399
    Laxguy

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    +1

    All I did was set each one via the remote on each of three receivers. I used the model number, eg, .20, .24 and .25 so I could readily tell them apart as I looked at Netgear's router info page. Obviously won't work if one has several of the same model....

    No more glitches as machines no longer fight over an IP lease.
     
  18. Aug 2, 2011 #1398 of 3399
    jimbodunky

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    Hi Folks,

    I've seen a ton of support in this thread for the Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU eSATA dock.

    I found another TT enclosure that looks tons cooler and has twin fans to cool a WD20EURS.

    The Thermaltake ST0021U Max 5 twin fan eSATA enclosure has a much newer manufacture date (2010) compared to the BlacX (2005).

    I'm having trouble understanding why the twin fan enclosure hasn't been brought up previously in this thread. It has an active cooling system vs. a passive one and even though the dock allows for easy HDD swaps, the Directv HD DVR would never allow for swapping HDDs back and forth. If you shelved a full HDD and swapped in a new one, if you went back to swap in the shelved one, it'd just reformat the drive as a new one. I'm saying this rhetorically because I'm sure everyone in here already knows that.

    What I have right now is an old WD 1.5 TB My Book Home Edition that has an eSATA port on the back. Never unboxed it until 3 weeks ago when I got the HR24 installed. I'd gotten it a couple of years ago at a Best Buy Black Friday event for a future DVR that I haven't gotten until now.

    The only thing that stopped me from plugging it in was the lack of an eSATA cable. Now that my DVR is about 50% full, I want to try what I have before dropping coin on the TT enclosure. I know I won't have access to the internal HDD once I plug in the MBHE, but if anyone knows for sure that the MBHE is inviting nothing but migraines I won't even bother trying it out. I have other WD externals in the house and the things tend to go to sleep on their own when not being utilized.

    Reading up on the HDD spin technology in the EURS has made me a believer already.

    So to nutshell it: Do I bother even trying the MBHE and why is the passively cooled, lame looking docking station so much more popular than the actively cooled, newer HDD enclosure?

    Thanks for your time!
     

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  19. Aug 2, 2011 #1399 of 3399
    P Smith

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    Really ? Where is you get such wrong understanding of DVR support of eSATA drives ?

    BTW, what you mean by "MBHE" ?

    [vent on]
    What is pissing me off, after such posts with nonsense and throwing out everything what credible members here been tested and posted, the posts will get (and got actually) references from other newbies - "I'm reading controversial information on the site, can't get reliable data to make my decision, would you ..." and ask same question again and again. And our members politely & correctly answering same question again and again ! We getting multiple threads about same aspect with redundant info ... And here is come a loop again ...
    [vent off]
     
  20. Aug 2, 2011 #1400 of 3399
    subeluvr

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    My Book Home Edition... seems obvious
     

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