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How big is your external drive and how full is it

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by bnglbill, Nov 2, 2007.

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  1. Nov 2, 2007 #1 of 60
    bnglbill

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    I'm just curious what size drives people are adding and how much video they are storing on them. I don't save a lot of stuff, I generally watch and delete but have been thinking of changing my habits and saving more.
     
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    Herdfan

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    In all fairness, there are several episodes of programs that we have recorded and are waiting to see if they get cancelled or how the "buzz" is going. The shows are Chuck, Cane, DSM & Pushing Daisies. Cavemen and Carpoolers have been removed from the Priorotizer.
     
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    750GB FAP - 63% Occupied.
     
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    750GB 65%

    I just deleted over 100 eps of Voyager, but that didn't have as much impact as I thought...only about 14% (as I recall).

    We had the system full enough to see the "warning" triangle icon by shows that were soon to be deleted by the system.
     
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    mikeny

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    HR20-700 500 GB: about 75% full
    HR20-100 500 GB: 10% full now, but was linked to HR20-700 which was almost 90% full. I want to thank my wife again for keeping EVERY Rachael Ray episode.
     
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    Earl Bonovich

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    1.5TB: 18% used
     
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    Earl, is that one drive or do you have some sort of raid?
     
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    Doug Brott

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    Can those of us with no external HDD chime in? I find that I don't want to save too much, but my wife usually wants to save a couple of things .. I try to put those on DVD and all is good.

    I find that if I have too many things recorded that I'm never gonna get to it so I tend to use the size of the internal HDD as a gauge as to how much to record.
     
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    Michael D'Angelo

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    He has a 1.5TB TenBox raid enclosure.
     
  10. bnglbill

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    That's kind of what I do now, but I'm finding that I have a lot of things that I recorded because they sounded interesting. I will watch them some day when I have time but I tend to wind up deleting them before I watch them because I'm worried about running out of space and missing my series recordings.
     
  11. Earl Bonovich

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    Yep
     
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    750 gig Free Agent Pro - 19% used, 81% free.

    I have had as much as 31% used, 69% free after recording a bunch of football.
     
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    I took a look at them but that seems rather expensive when you can get a 500GB esata for $150.00.
     
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    We can definitely recommend Cane. Jimmy Smits is excellent in it as is the rest of the cast......
     
  15. Earl Bonovich

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    Well sure... but you need to compare it on the same scale:

    A RAID enclosure system, and two 750gb drives... isn't $150...
    Your are looking upwards around $500 min.

    Then look at the aspects that the TenBox is designed for 24/7 usage... and is in a case that is designed for an AV center.

    Most of the cheaper solution... are not intended for 24/7 usage... and really are designed for home PC usage... which wouldn't necessarily put the same demands on the drive/eSATA.

    Someone PMed me this week that the WD 1TB solution woudl not work with the HR20... and that WD stated that it is ONLY for PC usage... ect...

    Look at higher end solutions for Server based systems.... They are not $500 either... they are little more expensive...

    So while there maybe nothing wrong with someone building their solution and saving some money... there are pro's and con's to any eSATA solution.
     
  16. bnglbill

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    Good points. Thanks.
     
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    500 GB WD, but used only for test purposes until Directv enables concurrent use of internal and external.


    Costco has a 1 TB WD esata for $350
     
  18. Earl Bonovich

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    Caution about that one... I had user PM me this week, stating that they could not get that drive to work with the HR20..... PC it worked... but not the HR20. (Another encolsure did though).

    WD support stated that the drive was only intended for PC usage.
     
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    750 GB -- 70% used
     
  20. leww37334

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    Good info, although I have the 500 GB version of the WD Mybook and it has worked well when I tried it, have not given it an extended reliability trial, though. That could be an issue. Also maybe wiping the drive of all partitions could help.

    If user wants to give me the drive I would be happy to experiment with it.::lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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