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

  1. bpratt

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    All of my DVRs are in a closet in lower level of my house. There are a couple of fans that circulate air in at the bottom of the closet out a vent at the top. I looked inside one of the MX-1s last summer to check for dust level, but there was very little inside, so I didn't look at the other one. The air that blows into the closet is from my office which is carpeted.
     
  2. nuspieds

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    Me, too.

    In all the years that I've had the MX-1s, I've never had any problems with power failures or receiver restarts. The only issue I've ever had was the fan making a lot of noise all of a sudden, so I just ended up getting a new MX-1 to replace it. Other than that, no issues whatsoever.
     
  3. Jan 1, 2012 #1743 of 3467
    Rich

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    Never had one that was quiet. At least it seems that way. A lot of my blue lights went out, too. The latest (and last) one to go had a light that didn't work. Nice light, tho. Never annoying.

    Rich
     
  4. Jan 1, 2012 #1744 of 3467
    inkahauts

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    Mine are all quite. Heck the hrs make more noise than they do. And I unplug my lights I don't need them on.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2012 #1745 of 3467
    Jason Whiddon

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    Is there any need to do a long or quick format of a brand new drive before you hook it up to the directv DVR and it does it's thing?
     
  6. Jan 4, 2012 #1746 of 3467
    hasan

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    No...it will be prepared by the on-board O/S just fine.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2012 #1747 of 3467
    Jason Whiddon

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    Cool, thanks.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2012 #1748 of 3467
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    Related to the previous two posts:

    I just had whole home DVR installed and one of my old HR20's wouldn't work so the install tech gave me a new HR24 to replace it. I had a 1TB FAP hooked up to the HR20, I understand I lose the ability to access the recordings on the FAP with the new DVR but I would still like to hook it up and begin using it again. I can't seem to get the DVR to recognize it. I've never had a problem with any of the other DVR's in the house using the external drive but that has always been with new out of the box drives being paired to the DVR.

    Is there something different I have to do to get the external drive to "forget" the old DVR and pair with the new one?
     
  9. Jan 5, 2012 #1749 of 3467
    Rich

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    When the FAPs came out, there were problems with them working with some HRs. Judging from your post you had a 20-100. The FAPs did work with the two HR20s. I had problems with Seagate's two out-of-the-box eSATAs, the FAP and the Xtreme, when using them with the 21 series of HRs. They might not work with 24s or some 24s. You can always dig out the HDD from inside the FAP (and I do mean dig) and put it in one of these. The docking stations work with every HR.

    Rich
     
  10. Jan 6, 2012 #1750 of 3467
    inkahauts

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    rip your drive out of that enclosure, and put it in a antec mx-1 or one of the tt docking stations everyone mentions, then it will probably work fine. I did that with mine ages ago, because those FAP enclosures where really poor, at least the ones I had years ago. I still have one of my 750gig drives working just fine in a antec enclosure. Its over 5 years old now.
     
  11. Jan 6, 2012 #1751 of 3467
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    I have a another FAP hooked to an HR20 in the basement that I ripped the drive out of after it kept locking up and used the antec mx-1 and it has been working fine for the last year or two since I did it. Rip out was the right term, that drive did not come out easy from FAP enclosure.

    I have yet another HR20 in the bedroom so maybe I'll try the FAP up there before ripping the drive out since it was working just fine with the old living room HR20. Nice thing about the whole home DVR, it doesn't really matter which receiver I hook that drive on.

    The tech was amazed I still had 3 HR20's (2 100's and a 700) up and running. One of them was installed pretty much as soon as they came out and has never had an issue.
     
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    El Gabito

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    P Smith

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    Is it misplaced word or you disguised the method ?
     
  14. Jan 6, 2012 #1754 of 3467
    Rich

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    I tried two Cav RAID boxes a few years ago. One lasted a year and the other one lasted about four month.

    At least this one is cheap, I think I paid well over $400 each for mine with two 1TB HDDs in them.

    Personally, the only recommendation I'd give about any Cav product is, "Don't buy it."

    Rich
     
  15. Jan 7, 2012 #1755 of 3467
    El Gabito

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    Well I read "port replicator" as "port duplicator" i.e. it would duplicate the data on both drives. Clearly not the case.

    Well that sucks.
     
  16. Jan 7, 2012 #1756 of 3467
    El Gabito

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    This looks like something currently available. Anybody tried it?

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-My-Book-Studio/dp/B002BH3ZCU/
     
  17. Jan 8, 2012 #1757 of 3467
    P Smith

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    But the price ... You pay for 2 of 3 functions what will not need: USB and FireWire.
     
  18. Jan 9, 2012 #1758 of 3467
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    Thanks for the tip on the FAP not working well with the HR24. When I hooked it up to the other HR20 in the BR is spun right up just fine.
     
  19. Rich

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    Seagate drives (even tho the HRs come with them stock) have always been iffy with other models than the 20s. Out of the box eSATAs by Seagate, I mean.

    Rich
     
  20. Rich

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    Never tried one, but I'd trust a WD "anything" more than a Cav "anything". Don't see many posts saying, "mine's been working for years" or words to that effect after I bash Cavalry products. Most of the time, if I bash something I've had problems with, I get a lot of return posts defending the product bashed, but I don't see that with the Cavs.

    Rich
     

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