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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. Jason Whiddon

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    They are on the corner of the stand below the tv screen. The lights really don't flash where I can see them, but I put the light out tinted pre cut stickers over them, so they are very dim now.
     
  2. Rich

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    I was thinking of what would happen to all that content if either the HDD or the HR went bad.

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  3. Rich

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    I would too. Never had one near a TV, always in the back.

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  4. Jason Whiddon

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    The tv is wall mounted, they can't go behind. As stated, I have tinted stickers of different sizes, I uses them on electronic gear to dim them down. You can't see those dock lights unless you walk over and stare down at them.
     
  5. bsnelson

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    OK, my last MX-1 has a noisy fan, and I'm contemplating its replacement. Looking over the posts since about #1500 or so, it seems like the two models currently in favor are:

    Thermaltake ST0021U Max 5
    Thermaltake ST0005U Docking station

    I'm really not keen on that docking station, as it seems like it'd be noisy and I worry about mischievous feline activity in my home affecting it. The ST0021U looks good, except why does everything have to have blue LED light screaming out of every orifice? :) Still, though, I'll take function over form, I can do something to minimize the light if needed.

    Are there any other current recommendations for enclosures? I'll be taking a working, currently in-use drive from the MX-1 (connected to a HR-22) and putting it in the new enclosure. Amazon currently has the ST0021U for $41 and a $20 MIR, bringing it to $21.

    Thanks for any and all advice,

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  6. inkahauts

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    Has anyone here found and been using a enclosure that supports raid mirroring? I am thinking that when I pick up a hr34 I will want a raid enclosure and throw two 2 tb drives in it running mirrored. Thoughts or suggestions?
     
  7. Jason Whiddon

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    Western Digital used to have an awesome one, now the only thing they really sell as a RAID is a damn network drive, ethernet only.
     
  8. inkahauts

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    Remember the model number? Maybe someone has some somewhere. :)

    I have a month or two to find one, so I figured I'd ask here before I went in search of one myself to see if anyone has actually used one on an hr.
     
  9. Jason Whiddon

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    I think it was a my book raid.
     
  10. P Smith

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    RAID-1 is mirror, ie you will have same 2 TB limited usable space for the DVR.
    RAID-0 or JBOD will not work for current Linux variant - DTV set own limit: 2TB.
     
  11. hasan

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    I'm using the Thermaltake docking station with a 2 TB drive and there is virtually no noise whatsoever. We also have 3 cats, and with the drive/dock sitting behind the TV (on the same stand as the tv), the cats have shown absolutely no interest in it at all.:)

     
  12. Jason Whiddon

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    Just an update, the blacx dock and green earx 2tb seem to be working ok after the hr34 install. I did have a point where I ran a system test and got an error about not being able to communicate with the ehd, but recording and all that still worked fine. A RBR fixed it and the next few tests passed everything except no phone line.
     
  13. inkahauts

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    Mirror is what I am after, to reduce the biggest point of failure issue on a hr34.
     
  14. Drew2k

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    That's the way I would go too. The HR34 is essentially replacing 2.5 DVRs, so one external drive plus the "expense" of one additional external drive to mirror would provide some peace of mind should one of the externals fail. You wouldn't lose your series links and wouldn't lose your recordings...

    Like inkahauts asked, if anyone knows of an inexpensive eSATA RAID-1 enclosure, please share!
     
  15. Jason Whiddon

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    Well, that's the issue. Building a raid device for esata just isn't gonna be cheap. I know have three green drives, one for the 34 and two for my oppo. I purchased a hdd monitoring program, and will prob hook up to them often and at least try and find an issue before I run into it.

    If one goes, well it just goes. :)
     
  16. inkahauts

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    As I recall, the ten box can work in raid mode, but I think it's limited to 1tb hard drive, so that won't fly. I might have to double check that though. And i think it was around 150, so that's a starting point in the search!
     
  17. Rich

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    The TT docking stations are perfectly silent. Put a noisy HDD in one and you'll hear noise, naturally. There are no moving parts, no tools needed, they are truly "plug and play". No worries about dust accumulation. If the TT docking stations were selling for $100 and the enclosures (MX-1, Rosewill, TT ST0021U, etc.) were selling for $10, I'd still buy the docking station. I think they just work better. Here's a link to the one I use. I've got a bunch of them, no problems.

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    That's one way to do it. Good idea. Even a 2TB HDD will get filled quickly with five inputs. I had two RAID boxes with two 1TB HDDs in each set to full so I could get the full 2TB capacity back when the 2TBs cost about $300. I used Cavalry RAID boxes, can't buy much crappier equipment than a Cavalry and they both worked. One lasted about four months and the other one a year. But they worked. And I'd think if the Cavs worked, just about any RAID box would work.

    Your idea solves the problem of lost content if one of the HDDs fails, but the more likely failure will be the 34 itself. So far, I've not had a 2TB WD HDD fail. I considered the RAID solution concerning the 34s and I've decided there is no foolproof method of ensuring content won't be lost forever using them. I'm gonna stick with the HRs, I've haven't lost any content in years using them to back each other up.

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  19. HDJulie

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    I'm having a problem with the DVR that has an external drive & wondering if the issue might be with the DVR, the external drive, the eSata cable, or what. I have an HR20-700 with a WD10EURS drive in a Thermaltake open enclosure (the BlacX) connected using onme of the recommended eSata cables. We only sometimes watch recordings from this DVR & I noticed a couple of times that the recording would freeze & I'd have to fast-forward to make it start again. It did not do this on all recordings. Last night, though, we started watching a recording & every say 7 or 8 minutes, it would freeze & sometimes would start again, sometimes would say the DVR had been disconnected from the network but then would start again, & twice kicked me out of the recording. Once, the DVR was still connected & I did a Resume but it was not at the current spot - I had to fast forward about 20 minutes worth. The last time the DVR was not on the network so we blew off watching the end of the show & started something from another DVR. The DVR is connected to the network just fine this morning. We will probably try to finish watching the recording tonight but I'm curious if these symptoms point to anything in particular.
     
  20. Jason Whiddon

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    So do I gather you are watching from another DVR over MRV?

    That disconnection and freezing sounds like problems I had with MRV itself, in the early stages (beta). Are you watching with an improved MRV DECA install, or is it connected to the network another way?
     

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