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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Earl Bonovich, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Jun 1, 2007 #1161 of 2831
    Robert Norman

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    I installed the 750 GB Seagate Freeagent Pro and a E-SATA to E-SATA cable I ordered from buy.com and by following the instructions listed in this forum and everything came up on the first attempt and the amount of time did not seem any longer then the normal power up. I turn on the Seagate drive and after a couple of minutes plugged the E-SATA cable into the HR20-100s. I then plugged the HR20-100 into electricty and after it came up it retained all my settings except for custom channel list and programs to record. I figured I have to do a complete setup like when I first installed the HR20-100s. I really was surprised that it retained all of this information.
    Thanks all for your information. Of course I lost all my previous recordings for it does not see the internal drive like stated in this forum.
    Mike
     
  2. Jun 1, 2007 #1162 of 2831
    MnGuy

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    I am going to buy the Seagate FreeAgent esata hard drive today at BB for 199. I ordered an esta cable from monoprice. Is this the cable I will need?

    2882 SATA External Shielded Cable - eSATA to eSATA (Type I to Type I)
     
  3. Jun 1, 2007 #1163 of 2831
    lucky13

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    Just remember that your previous recordings are not lost, just hidden.
    You can watch them anytime you like by disconnecting the ESATA drive and rebooting:

    Safely power off the HR20:
    • Restart from menu (DO NOT reset everything--that will wipe your drive)
    • When the first welcome screen comes up, disconnect the HR20 power cord
    Disconnect the ESATA from the back of the HR20
    Reconnect the power cord to the HR20.
     
  4. Jun 1, 2007 #1164 of 2831
    Tom M

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    That's the one I'm using with my FA 750GB drive.
     
  5. Jun 1, 2007 #1165 of 2831
    Villager

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    That is the cable that I bought and am using. However, keep in mind that if the cable does not fit securely into the FreeAgent connector, you might want to trim a little of the rubber (1/16"?) from the cable to expose a little more of the metal so it can go further into the socket and make a good connection.

    There is some plastic on the panel of the FreeAGent with the eSATA connector which may prevent the plug from fully inserting.
     
  6. Jun 1, 2007 #1166 of 2831
    mrhoads

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    I just got my cable and pluged it into the 750 GB drive from Bestbuy. Powered up as described and wahla, everything works. This is extremely simple if you can just find the cable. Don't know why it is not advertised. My neighboor is going Dish because they advertise that they will be able to add a drive by yearend. I showed him mine and he was shocked.
     
  7. Jun 1, 2007 #1167 of 2831
    djt813

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    Another success story, and from the lesser-tech-capable crowd. Got my Seagate FreeAgent 750 GB - unfortunately bought last week from NewEgg before y'all posted the amazing Best Buy deal this week. Got an eSATA cable shipped with my order for only $6.

    Took two tries before it worked, but just the cable connectivity thing... pushed them in more firmly and was up and running.

    Now just to repopulate the scheduler and fill it up with movies!

    Thanks to all contributors, a big help getting some of us running.
     
  8. Jun 1, 2007 #1168 of 2831
    mgroups

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    According to my calculation based on a 24%-full Freeagent 750GB, all of it HD programming from D*, I can get about 140 hours of HD on the drive. Is that consistent with what others are finding?
     
  9. Jun 2, 2007 #1169 of 2831
    rsblaski

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    I just checked the BB site and they still have the SG FreeAgent Pro 750 GB listed at $199.99 after instant rebate. What's funny is they have the 500GB version at the regular price of $219.99.
    I thought that the sale price was only good through Memorial Day weekend.
    I really can't justify an e-sata drive yet as neither of my two hr20s have ever gone below 30% available. We are able to pretty much keep up with what we record.
     
  10. Jun 2, 2007 #1170 of 2831
    John4924

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    If it is mpeg4 recordings, then I would say this is very consistent with my 750 GB eSata. :)

    In my case, I figure 100 hrs mpeg2, and 140-150 hrs mpeg4.

    Cheers,
    John
     
  11. Jun 2, 2007 #1171 of 2831
    Robert Norman

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    Is there anyway to attach more then one 750 GB Seagate Freeagent Pro via a E-SATA to E-SATA cable to the HR20-100s? Best buy $199 price makes it worthwhile to attach more if one could.
    Mike
     
  12. Jun 2, 2007 #1172 of 2831
    mrhoads

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    As of June 1st it is still on sale at Bestbuy for $199.00. I also wanted to buy more because of the price but sanity finally set in. You can always hook them up one at a time. You could have a shelf full of them and plug them in one at a time. My neighboor asked me if I ever watch anything or do I just record :sure:
     
  13. Jun 2, 2007 #1173 of 2831
    mgroups

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    Isn't everything that currently comes from D* mpeg2? I had assumed 100 hours based on 6GB/hour, but I am getting 140 hours.
     
  14. Jun 2, 2007 #1174 of 2831
    mgroups

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    Has anyone tried hot-swapping two eSATA drives with the HR20?
     
  15. Jun 2, 2007 #1175 of 2831
    Tom M

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    Pretty sure that won't work as the OS is on the drive.
     
  16. Jun 2, 2007 #1176 of 2831
    mgroups

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    But if each drive has been "married" to the HR20 previously, the OS is on both drives.
     
  17. Jun 2, 2007 #1177 of 2831
    Tom M

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    I'm afraid that you're missing the point. You'd also be pulling the drive that has the swap space on it so the box would get very, very upset about you removing the drive. One thing you have to remember is that the HR20 is always recording to the drive even if you aren't actually recording a program at the time. If you doubt it you can always just pull the cable and see what happens :eek2:
     
  18. Jun 3, 2007 #1178 of 2831
    P Smith

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    If you can't deduct an answer from the post, then DON'T DO THAT !!!
     
  19. Jun 3, 2007 #1179 of 2831
    P Smith

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    Nope.
     
  20. Jun 3, 2007 #1180 of 2831
    John4924

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    No, the local digital [if you get them] is mpeg4.
     

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