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Genie Installation & External Hard Drive Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by brenta1x, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. brenta1x

    brenta1x Cool Member

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    Genie Installation & External Hard Drive Questions

    I’ve always had a great DTV installation experience because I always come here first for advice and I end up teaching the install tech a trick or two so thanks in advance!

    1. I currently have 4 HR-22s installed each with 2 tuners active. I am replacing one of them with the Genie. I believe I currently have a 8 line SWIM switch (forgive me if terminology is incorrect). In order to utilize all 5 tuners on the Genie and use 2 tuners on the 3 remaining HR-22s I believe I will need to have the installer put in a 16 line SWIM switch? Or something at least above 8? And other adive

    2. I’m going to purchase a 1 or 2 TB external hard drive for the Genie. Any recommendations? (I’ve had a Western Digital hooked up to one of the HR-22s that has worked flawlessly and I have to keep it on there because my wife will not let me delete her 100s of Oprah episodes that I know she will never watch but it’s not worth the “discussion”. J)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    we have a lot of info what EHD is using better, just use search and read the threads (the question asked many times and answers done already )

    second SWM8 or new SWM16 ? your installer will make it right, no worry
     
  3. dpeters11

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    The genie isn't limited to 2tb external. However, it still has a single failure point so I wouldn't go crazy.
     
  4. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    ...and since the Genie already comes with a 1TB internal drive, best to get at least a 2TB drive.
     
  5. brenta1x

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    Thanks, as usual, for all the great advice! I'm not sure why I will ever need to record 11 shows simultaneously but you never know!
     
  6. brenta1x

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    Install went well today. It doesn't appear the Genie is recording to the external hard drive. I recorded a few shows and then unplugged the esata cable and the shows were still showing up on the playlist which I assume programming is being recorded on the internal Genie drive.

    I purchased the thermaltake BlacX docking station and a 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive. Unfortunately I just noticed on the box of the docking station that it supports "up to 2TB". So am I correct in assuming that the 3TB won't work in the docking station and therefore programming isn't being recorded?

    Thanks
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    look around - we had a thread for same config and same 3 TB drive issue ... he did format it first in HR24, then HR44 get it right; detail in that thread
     
  8. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    What exact model genie did you get? and what other receives do you have at home?
     
  9. brenta1x

    brenta1x Cool Member

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    Solved the problem. It was indeed the docking station for the Hard Drive. Box said it supports only up to 2 TB drive so I just went and bought one and it is all working fine. I just need to return the 3 TB drive.

    And this might be an obvious tip to 99.9% of you but an eSata cable will work in the Genie. I only mention this because the port is labeled as "sata" on the Genie where as the port on the docking station was labeled "eStata" so for a moment I thought I was going to need to order a sata/esata cable but I do not.

    Not that it matters now, but Inkahuts, today I got the HR44-500. I also have 3 additional HR22-100.

    Thanks again to all.
     
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I wouldn't be so sure ... my old TT BlacX working fine with 3 TB with a PC; have you read that thread what I mentioned ? perhaps there is a quirk with HR44's OS , so 3 TB would need to 'prepare'
     
  11. brenta1x

    brenta1x Cool Member

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    Thanks, P Smith. I was not able to find the thread so just went with the 2TB instead. I still have an additional 2TB EHD on one of my HR-22s so if I have beyond enough recording capacity at this point.
     
  12. ticmxman

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    Newegg says BlacX ST005U does support 3TB

    "A designed enclosure from Thermaltake – the BlacX ST0005U -- offers convenience and high performance. Supports any 2.5” and 3.5” SATA hard drives up to 3TB, the ST0005U turns Serial ATA hard drive into an external USB 2.0-and-eSATA storage device."

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    12/10/2012 9:42:28 AM
    "Other Thoughts: I've owned the older 2TB max model for a long time with no problems. Bought this one since I now have 3TB drives I want to use. Got a shock when it arrived as the box says right on it "supports up to 2TB" hard drives. Thermaltake website also says supports up to 2 TB drives on this product. I was ready to send it back unopened but phoned Thermaltake just to confirm. Tech said it's just old packaging and that 3 TB drives are no problem. So I hooked it up and inserted a 3 TB drive. The dock recognized it right away and it's working fine."
     
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