1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. HDJulie

    HDJulie Icon DBSTalk Club

    883
    1
    Aug 10, 2008
    Yes, watched the recording on the originating DVR & the issues are in the recording. I also had problems watching live shows on that TV. I think it is a signal issue & asked some questions in another thread about it.
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    21,975
    177
    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    While waiting responses in other thread, run Victoria on your PC connecting to the EHD/drive; get SMART before - save it; run Scan with Remap=ON, save result; run SMART again and post all three reports here. We will review them ...
     
  3. phoneman06

    phoneman06 Mentor

    46
    0
    Feb 20, 2005
    Do the Thermaltake or Antec enclosures power back on automatically after a power failure?
     
  4. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    8,719
    41
    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    I know my Antec ones do.
     
  5. weattv

    weattv Mentor

    44
    0
    Oct 15, 2007
    Our HR20-100 with a Seagate FAP 1T (almost 3 1/2 years old, but cooled with a fan) started freezing up badly recently. We got a Thermaltake BlacX docking station & finally got the FAP drive into it. It still freezes or stutters, though a little less than before.

    After each boot-up -- and each time a new file is begun -- it plays live/buffer fine for a minute or so, and then begins audio or video stuttering. Same with recordings made shortly before it went bad this month. But with older recordings there's very little video stuttering -- mainly audio. It also gets worse the longer the file plays.

    The drive has always been maxed out at 0% remaining with over 99% at Keep Until I Delete. I've taken it down to 5% remaining tonight. The new GUI update occurred while the disc was set aside, so it's also dealing with that, plus downloading 2 weeks of programming, etc. (And the e-SATA cable that came with the TT would not let any file play.)

    The errors don't occur at the same spots in either live or recorded shows. Does this mean it's not the actual drive but maybe another part of the FAP parts that are bad?

    File System Verification = Fail - 0x70
    SMART Short Test = Fail - 0x77

    The power light on the TT is flashing blue & red.

    Not running longer tests now, because the live buffer is now perfect...

    Don't some sort of "repair" the drive? SpeedFan? Spinrite? HDD Sentinel?

    In another thread, someone said: "Reboot and hold down the front panel record and down arrow buttons [both] until you see the record light come on. This should bring up a disk scan that is more extensive than what you found in the diagnostic menu."

    A user replied: "I reran diagnostics after using the Menu to reset. Both Guided Tests and the Advanced Diagnostics Hard Drive Utilties File System Verification tests now say passed [after failing on previous runs of same tests]. I know I didn't select to repair anything through my previous steps."

    Safe to hold down those front panel buttons, or to use the menu's Reset, with an external drive?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  6. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    7,058
    60
    Jul 19, 2005
    Jackson
    Yes, they have mechanical power switches so if they were on when the power went out, they are on when the power is restored.
     
  7. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,999
    522
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    That's probably not "paranoia", more like "lust". Lust for a 2TB drive in a spiffy new TT docking station. Perfectly normal to feel that way and judging from the rest of your post you're about due for a new HDD.

    This is something I don't/can't understand. I've never had a "slow" 20-700 unless I caused that slowness by filling up the HDD to over 70% of it's capacity. But in normal condition, whether the 2TB HDD is external or internal, the 700s are pretty close to the 24s as far as speed goes and with the new GUI, they've gotten even faster

    You're lucky. The out-of-the box Cav eSATAs are the worst out-of-the box eSATAs I've ever had. I think I've had over ten of them. Kept buying them and bringing them right back because they were so noisy. Finally gave up and switched to the virtually silent FAPs. The Cavs always worked tho. Gotta give them credit for that.

    Absolutely. But I'd wait a bit until the prices for the 2TBs drops. They will drop, I hope. The last two or three HDDs I bought were the EARS 2TBs and I only paid ~$70 for each of them.

    As long as you put a quiet HDD in the TT docking station, you will experience no noise. The TTs themselves are virtually silent.

    Just measured one. 7" from the bottom of the docking station to the top of the HDD.

    Dunno. I do think the 34 will work a lot better than the 23-700 (not D*'s finest DVR), might be worth waiting for it. I'd certainly wait until the price of the HDDs drops. D* might do a credit for you. Keep calling until you get a CSR who will do it.

    Rich
     
  8. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,999
    522
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    The TTs do come back on correctly and are ready to use if you suffer a power outage or an NR.

    All the MX-1s I've had came back correctly when they were new, but as they aged I had to manually reset the HR and the MX-1 so that the HR would recognize the MX-1. So far, the TTs have never failed to be recognized by their HR after an NR. I also reboot a lot using the Menu Restart method and I've had a lot of problems with the older MX-1s. Got to the point where I just rebooted them manually. The last one I had wouldn't be recognized by its HR no matter what I did. Might have been because of the amount of dust inside the MX-1, haven't tried cleaning it out yet.

    Rich
     
  9. Jason Whiddon

    Jason Whiddon Hall Of Fame

    2,304
    33
    Aug 17, 2006
    As another precaution i always keep my drives and dvrs on a ups. Current one will keep them all going about two hours.
     
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    21,975
    177
    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    I gave same recommendation many times here - use MHDD (boot from CD) or Victoria under Windows. Post three reports here after sequential use:
    1) SMART data
    2) Scan with Remap=ON
    3) SMART again

    Then we will have some facts do discuss ...
     
  11. bpratt

    bpratt Godfather

    649
    6
    Nov 24, 2005
    Salt Lake...
    How old are your MX-1s? I have 2 that are 4 years old connected to 4 year old HR21-700s that have never had a problem after a power failure or forced firmware download.
     
  12. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    8,719
    41
    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Ditto. One of my MX-1s is connected to an HR20-700 for over 4 years now.
     
  13. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,999
    522
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Dunno exactly how old they are or how many I've purchased. I do remember taking a sledge hammer to one after having so many problems with it a couple years ago. I've slowly replaced them with TT docking stations as soon as I had problems with them.

    I think I started buying them after I gave up on the out-of-the-box eSATAs. Probably back in 2007 or early 2008.

    We have gas forced air for heating and use the same duct-work for central A/C. And we do have the ducts cleaned every year.

    Just out of curiosity, do you have hardwood floors or carpets?

    Rich
     
  14. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,999
    522
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Hardwood floors or rugs? Must be a reason for this.

    Rich
     
  15. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    8,719
    41
    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Carpeting throughout.
     
  16. bpratt

    bpratt Godfather

    649
    6
    Nov 24, 2005
    Salt Lake...
    I also have gas forced air for heating and use the same duct-work for central A/C. I've lived in this house for 15 years and had the ducts cleaned once. I have mostly carpets, but the halls are hardwood.

    I have also used the MX-1 and now use a TT docking station for backing up my PC. I noticed that the disk in the MX-1 enclosure runs a lot cooler than the disk in the TT docking station. Are you concerned with heat issues using a TT docking station on an HRx?
     
  17. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,999
    522
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Well, so much for that thought. Do you clean out the MX-1s frequently? Once I install an external device, I don't move them, so getting banged around isn't the answer.

    Rich
     
  18. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    8,719
    41
    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Nope. Haven't touched mine since I moved upstairs in August, when everything was disconnected then reconnected.
     
  19. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,999
    522
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Reason I asked was I thought the carpets might be a bit dustier than hardwood floors. You ought to have those ducts cleaned. The air feels and tastes fresher and you'll save money on HVAC costs. First time we had it done I couldn't believe how much dust came out. Sears (which is odd, I don't usually patronize Sears) does a very good job on the ducts and is also very good at carpet cleaning.

    No, I don't really see or expect any heat issues and haven't experienced any problems at all (except for the on/off switches breaking) with them. I put my hands on top of the HDDs in the TTs quite a bit and they are just warm to the touch.

    The HDDs in the MX-1s run cooler for one reason. Ever see the size of the fan? Relative to the size of the enclosure, it's huge.

    Rich
     
  20. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,999
    522
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Huh.

    Rich
     

Share This Page