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Is There a "Ready-to-Go" eSATA?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Elling, Mar 15, 2007.

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  1. Elling

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    I've read about half of the eSATA - Has been enabled thread and am trying to get around to the rest of it (just need time). What I want to know is if there are any companies (like Weaknees) making a 500 GB or higher eSATA drive (preferably Seagate), with enclosure, that is ready to go with the HR20-700. I'm finally getting my HR20 installed this Friday.
     
  2. Elling

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    From the "eSATA - Has been enabled" thread on page 34 I found this post. Is anyone using this Seagate 500 GB eSATA from Newegg? Impressions? Only problems may be no enclosure and cooling. Thank you.
     
  3. Earl Bonovich

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    That drive you linked...

    Has an enclosure...

    There is no software to install on it... so basically any eSATA solution (that is stated as eSATA)...

    Is ready to go... you unplug the HR20... connect the eSATA drive.. turn the eSATA on... turn the HR20 on... you are on your way.
     
  4. Elling

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    Y'know, I thought that looked like an "enclosure" but as this is all new to me I wasn't sure. Would cooling and noise be an issue with the Seagate eSATA? Do you know if they have a higher capacity model, say 750 GB and up?

    P.S. I'm working my backwards from the end of the "enabled" thread and am now down to page 30 or so. It's a great topic but a lot of the info. gets repeated and re-stated......
     
  5. Sixto

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  7. Supervolcano

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    Since the original poster's question is answered, can I hijack this thread a little?

    I too have only started reading that long thread, but time is short.
    A retail store in my area has a sale going on thru tomorrow!!!
    Maxtor's L01Y500 - 500 GB PATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - for $140.00 apiece.
    That price seems too good to pass up.

    1. Would this be compatible with the HR20 if I buy an ESATA enclosure?
    2. How much speed & seek time will I lose by using a PATA drive instead of SATA?
    3. Could I make up for that loss by getting 2 drives and a Raid-0 enclosure?
     
  8. P Smith

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    1. Yes, if the enclose can accept PATA disks
    2. Not too much: 133 vs 150
    3. RAID-0 doesn't have any loss, it will count 2x one disk size.
     
  9. Louisville Slugger

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    My dad was asking me about this the other day. Thanks guys.

    I'll let him know about the enclosures from NewEgg.
     
  10. Sixto

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    Totally Agree.

    That's why the Weeknees link provided was for the barebones DB35. The TiVo DB35 is a different link and more expensive.
     
  11. Supervolcano

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    Thanks P Smith,

    Can someone look at the specs for the Maxtor's L01Y500 - 500 GB PATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive and tell me if they think it's worth $140.00 apiece? I'm considering buying 2 of them.

    1. Is it junk?
    2. Is it overly noisy?
    3. Anyone have personal experience with this drive?
    4. Can anyone recommend a real cheap (but good) ESATA Raid-0 enclosure that can handle them?
     
  12. Rich

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    Best Buy has the 500 Gig ESATA external for about $200. I am waiting for the 1TB to come out.

    Rich
     
  13. LDLemu4U

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  14. P Smith

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    You're out of luck - "Plug and Play USB 1.1" - pure USB type, plus the typo.:nono:
     
  15. HDTVFanAtic

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    CompUSA had the External Seagate 500GB eSata Drives with a PCI eSata card for $199 after rebate 2 weeks prior to Christmas - so they do go on sale.

    And my experience with hard drives is the best prices USUALLY show up the last 2-3 weeks of the Quarter when they are trying to push sales to meet Quarterly Numbers (translation = now).

    For example Shop.com and onsale.com has the 500GB Western Digital that Best Buy has (listed above) for about $20 cheaper (and most likely no sales tax).
     
  16. John4924

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    I am with you..will wait for the 1TB....

    or, is there a way to configure 2 500GB together? Anyone?
     
  17. Elling

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    If I'm not mistaken, configuring 2 500 GB drives is a RAID setup but I don't know which type. Search the "eSATA - Has been enabled" thread for RAID and there is lots of info.
     
  18. LDLemu4U

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    Saw this at Ebay and has a "Buy It Price" for $180 plus $13 shipping

    Assembled:

    Mediasonic Smart Drive 3.5" SATA HDD External Enclosure - eSATA & USB 2.0 - HD6-SU2S2

    Western Digital 500GB SATA 16MB 7200RPM Hard Drive (WD5000KS)

    Complete Spec:

    Specification


    Interface
    USB 2.0 & eSATA / I
    Supporting Hard Drive
    Support 3.5” eSATA / I Hard Disk Drive up to 1000GB (All Brand)
    Chipset
    JMicron
    External Connectors
    1 External eSATA
    1 External USB 2.0
    Data Transfer Rate:
    eSATA transfer rate up to 3.0Gbps
    USB 2.0 transfer rate up to 480Mbps
    Supporting Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 98SE / ME / 2000, or XP, and MAC OS 9.2 or later (USB Only)

    AC Power Adapter
    Input: 100V – 240V ~50/60Hz Max 1.5A; 75~100VA
    Output: 5V – 2A, 12 V – 2A. Dual power output to protect HDD
    CE, FCC, UL, EMI/EMS, PSE, JET, GS, CCC
    Partition Format
    NTFS or FAT 16 / 32
    Support multiple partition
    Hard Disk Drive Jumper Setting
    Master / Single
    Product Dimension
    118(W) x 208(L) x 32(H) mm
    Weight
    380g (Exclude hard disk)
    Safety Specification
    FCC, CE
    Product Origin
    Taiwan





    Features
    • Interchangeable connectivity using eSATA or USB 2.0
    • eSATA data transfer rates up to 3.0Gbps
    • USB 2.0 data transfer rate up to 480Mbps (backwards compatible with USB 1.1)
    • Hot-swappable
    • Compatible with all brand of 3.5-inch 1.5Gbps & 3.0Gpbs SATA hard disk drive
    • Removable inside tray for easy installation
    • LED status indicators
    • Plug and Play for PC / Mac (USB Only)
    • On / Off Power Switch
    • Vertical Stand
    Designed to hold your external hard drive in a vertical orientation, our vertical stand frees up valuable space on your desk.
    • Aluminum Construction
    Known for its exceptional properties for being lightweight, high rigidity and superior heat dissipation capabilities, aluminum is an obvious choice when it comes to constructing a quality hard drive enclosure, especially with the excess heat generated from the high-speed hard drives available in the market.



    Package Includes

    • HD6-SU2S2 Enclosure + WD 500GB Hard Drive

    • USB 2.0 Cable (1M)
    • eSATA Cable
    • eSATA to SATA I Adapter
    • Power Adapter & Power Cord
    • Vertical Stand
    • Screws for HDD


    Warranty: 3 year warranty.







    Will this work?
     
  19. HDTVFanAtic

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    I'd go with this first if its price you are thinking of - at least Apricon has been around for years and will probably be around longer - unlike some eBay Sellers. If you want the longer warranty, get the Seagate or Western Digital External with the warranty - not from some eBay seller.

    http://www.apricorn.com/product_detail.php?type=family&id=37

    Apricorn Intros DVR Expansion Solution
    For DVR users, nothing's worse than running out of hard drive space for your favorite programming. That's why personal storage manufacturer Apricorn developed the DVR Xpander, a device that can add up to 280 hours of storage space to a customer's existing DVR.

    "We designed our DVR Xpander to be a quiet, reliable, easy to use tool which greatly increases the amount of content users can store with their DVR," said Mike McCandless, Apricorn's vice president of sales and marketing. "In three simple steps, users are ready to start recording. It's as simple as connecting to the DVR, formatting the drive and recording your favorite show."

    The device features a low-profile aluminum enclosure that can be situated either horizontally or vertically, and comes with a stand, eSATA cable and AC adapter. The DVR Xpander also supports dual tuner functions and HD (although it can only store up to 60 hours of HD programming, versus 280 hours of standard-def).

    Although the Xpander is compatible with any DVR that has an active eSATA port, Apricorn stresses that external storage compatibility varies from provider to provider. That said, Cox and Time Warner customers with the Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR currently make up the bulk of Apricorn's DVR Xpander users, the company said.

    A 250GB model carries an MSRP of $129, while the 500GB model sells for $199. Both are available online at Apricorn's web site: http://www.apricorn.com.
     
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