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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Well, new bigge rdrive DeskStar came from Hitachi : 4TB. $280 at Fry's.

    The question is when these developers would pick Linux kernel with supporting GUID partitioning scheme and rid of the 2 TB limit ?!
     
  2. buist

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    I am replacing one of my HR20-700's with an HR34. I am contemplating moving the external eSata drive to the new HR34 (just to be cheap - it is 1.5GB). I know the recordings will be unavailable, but will the series links be preserved? Will I need to delete the old unavailable recordings to free up space (and are there any gotchas from doing this)?

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  3. Rich

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    Bad enough to lose a 2TB drive. I shudder to think how I'd feel if a 4TB died on me.

    Rich
     
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    And IIRC, you only fill yours part way.
     
  5. Pluvious

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    Off topic but does Dish Network allow a external HD on their DVR units?
     
  6. Bartman94

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    buist... you will have to redo your series links, favorite channel lists, QuickTune settings, app settings, etc after you install a new external hard drive. Your old settings will remain on the internal drive but you can only access one drive at a time.
     
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Yes. The Dish stuff is over there------>

    :lol:

    Their external set up is nicely done.
     
  8. Pluvious

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    Thank you, I ask because that was one of the reasons I was sticking with DirectV all these years. This helps me consider switching due to the cost factor.
     
  9. Rich

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    Right. I'd probably be comfy filling a 4TB up to a bit over 3TBs.

    Rich
     
  10. buist

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    To clarify, the drive is an external from the HR20 that is being replaced. I know the recordings will not be viewable, but will the series links remain?

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  11. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Theoretically they should - it's just DB without scrambling. Try and tell us if I'm wrong.
     
  12. CCarncross

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    If you move the drive to your HR34, everything will be there....all but OTA recordings will be unplayable..SL's, etc...are all retained.
     
  13. buist

    buist Legend

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    That is exactly what I needed.

    Thanks!
    Tim
     
  14. billd1954

    billd1954 New Member

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    Thanks guys for all your help. I ripped the old drive apart, purchased a TT dock and new 1.5 TB drive. Booted off the old drive and it worked. Now I have a backup with all my movies playable! Appreciate your help!:D

    Bill
     
  15. Rich

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    You're welcome. By the way, that sound David mentioned sounds like the HDD is grinding glass. When you hear that, it's definitely time for a new HDD.

    Rich
     
  16. billd1954

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    With the old drive in the docking station, I amazed how often it is accessed by the DVR. It's almost constant. Does anybody use multiple drives with the docking station (Ex - one drive for long term storage?)

    Bill
     
  17. CCarncross

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    It is constantly accessed by the drive...I'm sure some use multiple drives, but swapping between them requires a complete shutdown and reboot. You should never depend on your dvr drive for long term storage as there is no solid backup strategy that is effective.
     
  18. harsh

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    I should be pointed out that you can securely back up the data, just not the DVR that recorded it.
     
  19. CCarncross

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    What method do you propose for these backups?

    Beyond running RAID, I can't think of a way to effectively have a reasonably up to date backup of the drive. You'd have to take the thing offline too long to do it rendering the DVR useless. Since most of us are recording something virtually every day, you can't really take it off-line for 7-8 hours each day to back it up.
     
  20. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    RAID-1 would be the answer...
     

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