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eSATA is Awesome!!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by deepthinker, Sep 2, 2007.

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  1. BRSlim

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  2. fochs13

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    A $40 off $199 coupon can be found on the internet dropping the price to $160 on the 750 gb seagate drive at cc. I got mine last night and hooked it up without any problems.
     
  3. Herdfan

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    The bright yellow band around the Seagate FAP has got to go. I had it sitting in my rack, and watched a movie in the dark last night. Bad juju.

    I would guess there is no way to turn it off.
     
  4. Lord Vader

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    Well, where exactly can this $40 off coupon be found, and can it be used with any Internet vendor that sells the Seagate drive?
     
  5. fochs13

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    It is a circuit city coupon and I bought it for $2 off ebay.
     
  6. Lord Vader

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    Cool. Thanks.
     
  7. Wrangler3

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    You would have had to turn it off with the software before connecting it to the HR20.
     
  8. RoyGBiv

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    Wrangler,

    Thanks for the heads up. I am glad I saw this before I hooked up my new drive.

    Because I saw this, I hooked up the Seagate drive to my PC first, and I downloaded the included software onto the PC. I installed the software and found where you can turn the light on and off. For now I have decided to leave it on and see how it goes. The drive and HR20 are in a cabinet to my extreme right at 90 degrees to the wall with my TV. I will see what I think tonight about leaving it on or turning it off, but I have one more question.

    If I decide I want to turn the light off, and I connect my drive to my PC to do so, will this effect the data on the drive. That is, will I lose my recordings?

    TIA

    SMK
     
  9. racermd

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    Connect up any SATA drive (over 300GB) that you want. It'll work just fine. I provided information about SATA elsewhere just recently, but I'll repeat the basics here:

    The SATA 300 spec is completely backwards compatible with SATA 150. Also, the SATA 150 interface is still able to transfer data way faster than the disk can physically read off the platters, anyway.

    Oh - and if you want to read a bit more about the SATA spec, read this (link).
     
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    Here's one at http://www.newegg.com. If you don't like that one, go to the main page and do a search for "eSATA Cable" (without the quotes). You'll find all sorts of lengths, brands, and prices.

    As an eSATA cable is a computer interface cable, you'll generally have better luck finding a good price and more variety at a store that sells computer stuff compared to, say, Best Buy or Target. Same goes for the eSATA drives themselves.
     
  13. DonCorleone

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    I understand that the eSATA drive can only be used with THAT HR20 and that you can only use 1 or the other, but rather than plugging or unplugging the eSATA cable, will unplugging the power of the eSATA drive work as well or does the cable actually have to be pulled?
     
  14. RoyGBiv

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    I installed the Seagate FAP drive yesterday morning. After viewing TV last night with the orange light on, I decided to leave it on. The HR20 and drive are off to my right about 7 feet away, and they are nowhere in the direct LOS to my TV. Plus, the orange on the drive and the orange light on the HR20 when it's recording match. I also like the way the center light of the drive glows brighter and dimmer as it works. Pretty neat, and it is working great.

    So far I have recorded 10.5 hours of OTA from a station in Boston which does not multicast, and I have 87% left. That suggests I will have at least 85 hours of MPEG2 capability (depending on the OTA source), and a ****load of MPEG4!

    SMK
     
  15. finaldiet

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    I just installed seagate 750 and working great. The only question I have is, I have an APC and I'm waiting for replacement battery. Can I just unplug cords and connect them to APC without going through re-setup? Forgot, I bought esata 6' cord from newegg. Got it in 2 days.
     
  16. GregE

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    Wow I'm glad I found this thread, didn't know you could just replace the internal HD easily. I just received an HR20-700 yesterday and I love it, except for the lack of a dual buffer. I also don't like the idea of the internal drive spinning uselessly when you hook up an external drive.
     
  17. Cyrus

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    Turning the power off on eSATA is good enough, you don't need to unplug the eSATA cable.
     
  18. Herdfan

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    Thanks. Not a problem as I will just move that HR20 to another location where the FAP won't be seen.
     
  19. rsblaski

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    Your signature reminded me of a pleasant experience I had a couple of weeks ago. I called a company (sorry, I don't remember who) and during the electronic directory, after the welcome message, there was something in Spanish which I assumed said to press 2 for Espanol. The directory then coninued in English without the need to press any other number.
    Now THAT'S the way it oughta be.
     
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