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HR24 / Is a Noisy Hard Drive Normal?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by geaux tigers, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. geaux tigers

    geaux tigers Icon

    Nov 10, 2005
    I recently replaced an HR20-700 with an HR24-500. The hard drive on the HR24-500 makes a constant clicking sound while my HR20-700 was very quiet. I am enjoying the speed of the HR24-500 but the hard drive is annoying. I am wondering from others whether or not this is normal or did I get a bad unit. Thanks.
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    How recently? DIRECTV DVRs will be a little louder the first couple of days in general, but if you're still hearing something after 3-4 days, I'm surprised. My HR24 is silent and my hearing's really sensitive.
  3. say-what

    say-what DIRECTV A-Team

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    I have 3 HR24-500's and can't hear any of them
  4. geaux tigers

    geaux tigers Icon

    Nov 10, 2005
    It was installed Tuesday so maybe you are correct that it will go away away soon. I definitely hope you are correct. Thanks.
  5. Barry in Conyers

    Barry in Conyers Godfather

    Jan 14, 2008
    I can't remember ever hearing anything other than very faint fan noise from my HR24; it is really, really quiet. So quiet that SWMBO decreed that a HR20-700 has got to be replaced with another HR24.
  6. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    I had to Google that. :lol:

    EDIT: And there's a good reason I didn't know what it stood for. ;)
  7. GregLee

    GregLee Hall Of Fame

    Dec 28, 2005
    I got a defective HR24-500, too (though I had a different problem), and mine was replaced immediately through the local installers with another HR24-500. I was told this was possible because the defect came to light within 7 days from the initial install. Moral: don't wait long to complain about the clicking.
  8. sonofcool

    sonofcool Legend

    Dec 23, 2007
    My HR24 is much, much quieter than my HR21s and HR22s
  9. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

    Jul 28, 2004
    Let us know how it works out...
  10. zythem

    zythem New Member

    May 4, 2008
    My HR24 is amazingly quiet as well.
  11. jasonki32

    jasonki32 Godfather

    Jan 29, 2008
    My HR24 is very quiet. The only time I hear it, is when it boots up the fan kicks on for a brief moment. My HR21, on the other hand you can hear.
  12. gsslug

    gsslug Legend

    Sep 13, 2006
    I got a HR24 yesterday. Can't hear a thing. Neither can my wife and if she can't hear it then it's not making any noise.
  13. bratboy

    bratboy Legend

    Apr 5, 2008
    Both of mine are as quiet as church mice.
  14. jstutman

    jstutman Mentor

    May 27, 2010
    I hope your not telling me there supposed to make noise? My HR-24 is silent. Dead silent. Well I better not use the word "dead" :D
  15. geaux tigers

    geaux tigers Icon

    Nov 10, 2005
    The culprit was a fan going bad in my Samsung HL61A750 HDTV. The fan started making noises the same time I got the HR24-500 so I assumed it was the DVR. The DVR is also right under the portion of the TV where the fan is located. I have ordered a new fan for my TV. Sorry for the false alarm.
  16. M3 Pete

    M3 Pete AllStar

    Jul 24, 2007
    hmmm, got mine Wednesday, and the HD whine is definitely noticeable. It's louder than my HR20.

    I'll give it till next week and then see.
  17. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    You're HR24s are noisy? :confused:
  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

    Jul 28, 2004
    Thanks for the update...you had us worried for a bit there... ;):D

    Enjoy the HR24!
  19. M3 Pete

    M3 Pete AllStar

    Jul 24, 2007
    It certainly was the first day. Loud enough to make me notice and hope it would quiet down. Although I have the same TV as the OP, the noise is present when the TV is off.
  20. M3 Pete

    M3 Pete AllStar

    Jul 24, 2007
    OK, here's a video of the HR24. I took it with a flip recorder so the microphone not the best quality (and in fact there seems to be an intermittent buzzing on each video), but the comparison should give you an idea of the noise it is making.


    For comparison, here is my HR20. It's not in a cabinet, but the noise levels are about the same as when it was.


    And finally, here is an iMac (yes it is on, just the monitor is asleep)


    I apologize for the stupid buzzing on the flip recorder, I never noticed that before. But you can hear the device noises anyway.

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