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HR34 External Hard Drive Compatibility

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Bartman94, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Choir

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    Decided to upgrade the storage on my HR34.

    Ordered a 3TB WD AV-GP hard drive (WD30EURS) and a Thermaltake enclosure (ST0021U).
    I wanted to get the Antec MX-1 but it is out of stock everywhere, I am wondering if it has been discontinued.

    I am going to try and set it up this weekend.
    What is the procedure?
    RBR on the HR34 and power on the enclosure while the HR34 is rebooting?



    Thanks,


    Choir
     
  2. RunnerFL

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    Attach the dock, put the drive in the dock and do a menu reboot.
     
  3. Rich

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    Does that method work with the 24s?

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  4. RunnerFL

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    It did/does on my HR24-500. I can't speak for the -100 or -200 for sure but I don't think it would be much different.
     
  5. CCarncross

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    I recommend completely shutting down the HR, regardless of model, by doing a menu restart receiver, then pull the power cord when all the lights go out. Hook up the dock, insert the drive, power on the dock/drive combo, wait about 15-30 seconds for drive to fully spin up, plug the dvr back in and let it boot. It should recognize the external during boot process, format it, and give you 100% free space.
     
  6. Rich

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    I can see how it would work, but I'd be afraid of the external device going south.

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  7. Rich

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    Yeah, I'll stick with the method (above) we've been recommending. As I said in my last post, I'd be afraid of the external device (they are cheap) going south. I know RunnerFL is using a more expensive RAID setup on his HR34.

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  8. Rich

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    Which external device are you using on the 24-500 and which HDD do you have in it (the external device)?

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  9. Choir

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    Got it installed over the weekend, everything went smoothly.

    Only problem I had was with the series links.
    I wrote down the series links on the internal drive and tried to duplicate them after I installed the external drive.
    Problem was I couldn't figure out a way to add a series link except finding the desired show in the program guide and then hitting "record series".
    It took a while to rebuild the program guide (about 20 hours or so), and some of the series links are for shows that aren't on right now (i.e. Boardwalk Empire).

    I will update how well the enclosure and HD are doing in a couple months.


    Thanks,


    Choir
     
  10. P Smith

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    If you would go with well known upgrade path while preserving existing content of a drive (recordings, setting, etc) you would be in better position...
    See dedicated thread "Copy ..."
     
  11. RunnerFL

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    On my 24-500 I had to go with a WD drive. One of my usual Seagate drives wouldn't work even though the internal is a Seagate.
     
  12. RunnerFL

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    You can either do it that way or press record twice when the show is highlighted in the guide.
     
  13. Rich

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    I've had that happen a few times. You go thru all that trouble and a Seagate doesn't work externally and you know there's an internal Seagate. Puzzling, to say the least.

    What external device are you using? On the 500?

    Rich
     
  14. RunnerFL

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    Yeah, very. I was ready to pull my hair out.

    A TT dock.
     
  15. Rich

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    Huh, I've had problems with WD drives used externally on 500s. Perhaps the next time I get a leased 500 I'll give a Seagate Pipeline a shot. Thanx.

    Rich
     
  16. Sep 8, 2013 #136 of 137
    AndyInNYC

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    Can I configure an external eSata box with a Genie and create a RAID 5 array with 4 3TB drives without issues? I can't seem to find any answers as to whether this will work or not.

    thanks,

    Andrew
     
  17. Sep 8, 2013 #137 of 137
    RunnerFL

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    It all depends on the enclosure you use. See the eSATA recommendation thread, there are several enclosures listed in there.
     

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