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eSATA FAQ

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by russdog, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Rich

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    I've got a bunch of TT docking stations and I've had no problems with them at all. The dust thing is not a factor, you get a lot more dust on the HDDs using an MX-1 than a TT. The TTs are silent and reliable.

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  2. Rich

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    I had no doubt it would work, what I was worried about was the chattering or seeking noise the Cudas make. I had a bunch of them and they were silent at first, then an NR came down and they started making that maddening chattering noise. Hope yours keeps on working properly.

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  3. mikron2

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    Thanks for the info - I'm going tomorrow to see if Best Buy will price match Amazon since there is a $20 price difference.

    Happy Thanksgiving
     
  4. mikron2

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    Best Buy actually matched Amazon! It was a little strange though, in order for the receiver to recognize the drive I had to format it in the MX-1 then I was able to get it recognized so all is running silent and well :D

    Thanks again!
     
  5. Rich

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    Most stores do that now. If you find something at a Lowes that's cheaper at a Home Depot, Lowes will go online and check it and then match the price. You can get most items at WalMart prices in any store the same way.

    Glad you're up and running.

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  6. bengalfreak

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    Yes, but rarely will a big box retailer match the price of an on-line retailer like Amazon.
     
  7. Rich

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    PC Richards will. Sixth Ave did it for me several times. I don't buy anything from BB, never tried it there. We don't have many CE stores in my area anymore. Kind of strange when you consider how heavily populated my area is.

    The big box retailers like Costco and Sam's never match prices as far as I know.

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  8. Dec 1, 2011 #528 of 602
    bengalfreak

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    Half the time, Best Buy won't even match the online price from their own site. They'll tell you to order it from there. I couldn't even get them to match the price at HHGregg across the street without an ad in my hand. They said if you order the extended warranty, BB covers more than HHGregg,
     
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    Rich

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    Huh. I've never liked that chain of stores. I was in one of the first ones that opened in NJ, in Springfield (I think, it was up that way on 22N) and asked a manager to match a VCR that The Wiz had on sale and he refused to do it. I told him BB would never last in Jersey with that attitude. A year later I ran into him and he admitted that I was right and they had changed their policy. So, my first experience was bad and it really hasn't gotten any better over the years.

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    Lord Vader

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    Which is why I often refer to it as "Worst Buy."
     
  11. Jan 7, 2012 #531 of 602
    tenn_

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    I have a HR22 and want to add a 2TB external eSATA HDD. I've read the threads on this until I got punchy.

    Is this combo one of the best there is overall or are there others that are better:

    1. EDIT: Apparently my first HDD choice is out of stock or way over priced due to the floods: Western Digital WD20EURS AV-GP 2 TB SATA II Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Hard Drive. What might be a good alternative that may be currently available?

    2. Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station

    Thank you.
     
  12. Jan 8, 2012 #532 of 602
    P Smith

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    Any WDC's HDD AV type would be good for DVR - just search for the model you pick if there negative reports, but read all posts - sometimes it's user's (not the drives) issue.
     
  13. Jan 8, 2012 #533 of 602
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    Are 2TB WDC HDD's AV's other than WD20EURS readily available now and not affected by the floods?

    Which compatible drives, with the market the way it is now, might be the best bang for the buck?

    Thank you
     
  14. Jan 8, 2012 #534 of 602
    CCarncross

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    IMHO, truthfully none....
     
  15. Jan 8, 2012 #535 of 602
    P Smith

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    I would wait for normalizing the drives' price ...
    Or look at eBay... it would be good to obtain SMART log before buying and check power time/#spinups and #bad sectors.
     
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    FYI...
    Back in Oct 2011 I had a four year old 750M eSATA drive fail so I bought two new WD20EURS drives for my two HR20-700 DVRs....
    One of the WD20EURS just failed (15% filled, UPS connected, temperature controlled cabinet)... symptom was: I was watching a show and the picture froze... after a reboot it failed the testing.
    Western Digital replaced it quickly (in less than four days!)... warrantee is four years.
    Hope this isn't a trend.
     
  17. Rich

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    I think that's the first EURS I've heard of that failed.

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  18. P Smith

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    That's beginning of the end. :D
     
  19. May 3, 2012 #539 of 602
    plewis

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    Has anyone tried out the eSata on the new HMC - HR34 to use a 2TB HD rather than the 1TB internal? Perhaps better to just swap out the 1TB internal with a clean 2TB, but I'd rather not open up the box on the HR34 when it's so new of a device. has anyone done either of these upgrades??
    Thanks
     
  20. May 3, 2012 #540 of 602
    P Smith

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    Yes. It's been reported a few times - try Search ...
     

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