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Largest External HD- HR-21 ??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rorkin, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. rorkin

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    Several years ago I added a 500 gig ESATA Drive to my hr21.

    Was wondering about largest current configuration available and case for that model DVR. TIA
     
  2. jimmie57

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  3. Rich

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    That's correct. 2TB is the "present" limit.

    Rich
     
  4. dpeters11

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    I've wondered if the drive support on the 34 will trickle down, but I'm thinking that it will remain an exclusive feature of the HR34 and up.
     
  5. Rich

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    Yeah, I agree. With as many 2TB drives as I have (12 on 12 HRs) 2TBs are plenty.

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  6. Rickt1962

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    I know this is a old thread. But has anybody tried a 3 Tera on a HR21 ?
     
  7. Doug Brott

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    Don't waste your time.
     
  8. CCarncross

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    2TB limit on all HR2x series...The HR3x, and probably HR4x series can use larger drives. I've started to get to the point that I feel 2TB may be too large. You never get caught up watching, and the bigger the drive, the more you lose if a drive fails with no warning.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    Yes, the drive will "work" but you'll only get 2TB's of use out of it.
     
  10. CCarncross

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    I believe there were a few reports of people that couldn't get a larger drive to work at all as well. Since the 2TB are still readily available I recommend still getting the 2TB sizes if you have a HR2x model.
     
  11. Rich

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    I try to keep my 2TB drives ~ half full. Seems like they run better without a full HDD, might be my imagination. Just lost a 24-500 yesterday because it wouldn't connect to the other 8 HRs on my MRV properly. Didn't want anything to do with a couple of them, tried everything to get it working properly, been fighting with it since I got it, got fed up and swapped it for another 24.

    Rich
     
  12. P Smith

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    why not 4 TB what you can buy now ? ;)
     
  13. peds48

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    IIRC, is a motherboard "restriction" and not DirecTV's
     
  14. RunnerFL

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    It's the ext3 formatting they are using.
     
  15. rsblaski

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    I had a similar problem recently. It started with one dvr but then randomly affected others. After numerous resets and system and network checks, I finally unplugged and then plugged in the power to the Swim. Now all dvrs are solidly seen by each other.
    If you haven' already done so, give this a shot.
     
  16. P Smith

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    really ? we did discuss the limit - take a look back - read posts here in DTV forums

    hint - Linux OS, MBR, EXT3, XFS, GPT. etc ... take your time, don't rush to post
     
  17. TomCat

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    Might just be. It is hard to rationalize how locations on storage media that are not being accessed could have anything to do with problems accessing media in other locations.

    Since Linux-based DVRs do not fragment, storage anywhere on the HDD is exactly like storage anywhere else on the HDD, and storage in location A has no bearing whatsoever on storage in location B. The DB structure is still the same. If locations physically far from, near to, or even adjacent to where your targeted file might be have all bits flipped to one or to zero or any combination in between, that is irrelevant to the targeted file. What is on my HDD is just as relevant to that as is what is elsewhere on your HDD, which is not in the slightest.

    A completely full HDD? Well, yes, that is a problem. Playback still works fine, but recording is obviously impossible. A near-full HDD on a PC? Problematic indeed, but only because of fragmentation and the necessity for an extents tree file. DVRs; no problem.

    And I have run more than a few HDDs completely full on HR's with no issue and no slowdown.
     
  18. Rich

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    Done that, didn't help that HR at all. I'm pretty sure it was the HR itself. None of the other 8 HRs has a problem with MRV. Thanx for the suggestion.

    Rich
     
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    I sure was in a hurry……….!rolling
     
  20. Rickt1962

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    To bad no body has invented a switch that allows you to plug in several ext hard drives and at a certain time at Night allow it to switch drives so the stream is up to date on both drives so you manually change drives to watch
     

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