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External Raid Hard Drive for HR44?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by johnnole163, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Nov 6, 2013 #1 of 24
    johnnole163

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    I am looking at adding a external hard drive to my HR44 but I'm not sure what I need to look for to make sure it is compatable. This is the setup choices I'm currently looking at:

    4TB Hard Drive ---> http://tinyurl.com/harddrivedvr ( WD40EFRX)

    Enclosure ---> http://tinyurl.com/ntj6f7y ( HF2-SU3S2)
    ---> http://tinyurl.com/qh8sq4n ( HF2-SU2S2)
    ---> http://tinyurl.com/pg8d3bo (HFR2-SU3S2)

    This first two of those enclosures say they are a 'ProBox' while the last one says its a 'ProRaid' although I'm not sure if that makes any difference. Also, the main reason I'm looking at the 4 hard drive enclosure is because I want to be able to just slide in more hard drives later on if I run out of space on the 4TB. Will I be able to do that with any of these?
     
  2. Nov 6, 2013 #2 of 24
    jdspencer

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    You do realize that adding an external drive disables the internal drive, right?
    I'm not sure about using a RAID enclosure and just sliding in another drive will not cause the DVR to just format it.
    I now turn over this discussion to those in the know.
     
  3. Nov 6, 2013 #3 of 24
    RunnerFL

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    I've used a few RAID enclosures in RAID0, RAID1 and RAID5 configs with various drive sizes. I currently have a 9TB RAID5 array on my HR44. As long as the enclosure has the RAID internally, not relying on a separate RAID card or port multiplier, it should work.

    I've used both of these enclosures successfully:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006MB9B2E/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QQ4584/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LF40WM/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (Only supports up to 2TB drives)

    In regards to the ones you provided links to:

    HF2-SU3S2 - requires a port multiplier, won't work with an HR.
    HF2-SU2S2 - requires a port multiplier, won't work with an HR.
    HFR2-SU3S2 - Should work. I think I remember someone on here using one. Use the search function to find their info.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2013 #4 of 24
    kaminar

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    Depends on your priorities. It's all time vs. $$. If you wish to take a chance, the Mediasonic enclosures are ok..but look at the reviews. Check on newegg also for comparison.

    If saving time, effort and frustration is more important, take a look at Synology, QNap and Drobo. Highly rated, yet more expensive.

    Apparently, $100-150 per "bay" is the cost for high quality..at $50 per "bay", it's dicey.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_8?url=search-alias%3Dcomputers&field-keywords=nas+raid+5&sprefix=nas+raid%2Cnull%2C202&rh=n%3A541966%2Ck%3Anas+raid+5

    The WD Reds for NAS are high quality, as are the Seagate NAS drives (~ same price)..not to be confused with desktop or other.

    Do more research before you buy..

    Good luck!

    -=K=-
     
  5. Dec 3, 2013 #5 of 24
    sorengg

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    Will either the QNAP 470 or 670 work?
     
  6. Dec 4, 2013 #6 of 24
    P Smith

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    if no one posted a result of using these with DTV DVRs, then you"ll roll the dice ... tell us how it will goes
     
  7. Dec 4, 2013 #7 of 24
    RunnerFL

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    No, those are stand along NAS/SMB devices. Even if they did work you'd be wasting a nice machine by using it only as an enclosure.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2013 #8 of 24
    sorengg

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    Would this Sans Digital model Sans Digital TowerRAID TR5UT+B work (hardware RAID, no port multiplier)?
     
  9. Dec 5, 2013 #9 of 24
    P Smith

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    it could, but final conclusion we will wait from you
     
  10. RunnerFL

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    Keep in mind, you still essentially gave a single point of failure.


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  13. RunnerFL

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    Good catch, the M model won't work. Typo on my part.
     
  14. RunnerFL

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    You'll have 1 single point of failure when going with RAID, the unit itself. If you're not using RAID you have 2 single points of failure, the unit and/or single drive.
     
  15. docderwood

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    I have the NexStar HX4R with 2 3 TB drives in Raid 10.

    Has worked well for several months until last night. Had brief power outage. Took several reboots before the external RAID was recognized. All of the recordings were there, but oddly enough, it lost every single series/show I had scheduled to record.

    Hope this helps!
     
  16. P Smith

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    RAID-10 require 4 HDD minimum; perhaps you mean RAID-1 (mirror) ?
     
  17. YosefDBS

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    I don't understand.

    The second and third enclosure listed above both state "Support on eSATA only, eSATA port multiplier is required."

    I thought this prevented use with an HR44?

    TIA
     
  18. RunnerFL

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    They missed a few key words in their description.... "if you're not using the built in RAID interface"
     
  19. YosefDBS

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    I picked up a MS4UT (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006MB9B2E/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1),

    loaded it with four 3-TB WD30EZRX (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6/ref=oh_details_o07_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) hard drives,

    set the enclosure to RAID 5 (followed instructions as if I was changing RAID type), plugged it into the HR44 Genie's SATA port, and powered on the enclosure - lights were fine.

    Then I powered up the Genie and the enclosure's "ERROR" light comes on, stays on and the Genie ignores the enclosure's HDDs and continues to use its internal HDD.

    What have I done wrong?
     
  20. RunnerFL

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    You haven't done anything wrong.

    There are some HR44's, based on model number, that don't know what to do with a blank drive, or in your case an array, that has no partition(s) on it. All you need to do is hook it up to any computer, even with USB and not eSATA, and initialize the drive. Once you've done that hook it back up to the HR44 and you should be good to go.
     

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