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need help hooking external hard drive to HR24-500

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by hclarkjr, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    That is because yours probably doesnt spin back down for power savings if its not accessed for a minute or so.
     
  2. Rich

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    As soon as I feel the drive begin to chatter I plug in the HR. Works every time.

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  3. Rich

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    And all my externals are green WDs.

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  4. jvanhorn

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    Been reading a lot of the threads about adding external drives, found this one specifically about the model I have.

    What I've figured out is that using a bare drive in an enclosure or docking station seems to give the best results, with a WD or Seagate drive (as opposed to buying a drive already set up to be an external).

    It also appears that I missed the chance at getting a drive at a good price.

    Is this a valid assesment of my situation?
     
  5. Rich

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    Yeah, I wouldn't try another Seagate, but aside from that you've nailed it. The prices will come down. According to a report I read, the cost of making HDDs went up 28% after the flooding began. How that justifies selling a $69 HDD for close to $300 kinda baffles me. Wait a few months and the prices should settle back down. They are already dropping.

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  6. hclarkjr

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    i just got a western digital 2tb black for $134 shipped on amazon. it was package that the box got damaged. will be putting that in my enclosure when it arrives.
     
  7. CCarncross

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    FYI, the black caviar models are not one of the preferred models for DVR use.
     
  8. hclarkjr

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    i am experimenting, i want to see if the 64mb cache makes a difference for DVR use and with the blacks having 2 CPU's built in for processing that should make difference too. they have 5 year warranties so no worries there.
     
  9. hclarkjr

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    also noticed that 7200 vs 5400 makes difference too
     
  10. jvanhorn

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    Right, I have a WD in my cart at Amazon, but I haven't placed the order yet. I should get it done before the hockey playoffs and baseball season start, though.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Go Red Wings!

    Go Tigers, down with the Yankees! :)
     
  11. CCarncross

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    The 64MB cache makes a difference, 7200 vs 5400 makes no appreciable difference besides generating more heat....we've had these discussions before, in the eSATA discussion thread, and the copy and replace drive thread.
     
  12. Rich

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    I've never tried one. They are more expensive than the green WDs, aren't they?

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  13. hclarkjr

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    yes, but if you look around you can find good deal for one. i got mine for $134 shipped from amazon because the retail box was damaged. that is real good price for a 2tb black
     
  14. Rich

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    I don't see any difference between the 64 & 32MB caches either, but I'm not sure what I should be looking for. Seems as if they all work the same.

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  15. Rich

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    Yeah, that "seems" like a good deal, but before the floods we were buying WDs for ~ $70 for a 2TB model.

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  16. hclarkjr

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    not a black 2tb, the lowest i ever seen them was $120. the blacks are a little more because of the second CPU built into them
     
  17. CCarncross

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    I might be in a unique position to have an HR22-100 with a 2TB EURS(64MB cache) drive in a TT dock sitting a few feet away from an HR20-700 with a 2TB EADS/EVDS(32MB cache) drive(cant remember which), and the difference in drive activity lights is huge....the 32MB cache model is constantly accessing the HDD, the 64MB cache model just blips every sec or 2....
     
  18. Rich

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    I have an EARS in a TT right in front of me and the Red light is blinking constantly. But the 20-700 it's on is downloading On Demand shows. I dunno, I just don't see any difference and I don't understand the whole "cache" thing, never have. I guess bigger is better? The EARS does have a 64MB cache, doesn't it?

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  19. Richierich

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    Rich, in IT Processing, Paging in Blocks of Data from a Hard Drive so the CPU can use that Data is the longest slowest Process for a Computer to do.

    Therefore, the larger Cache allows the CPU to work more without having to wait an eternity on the Paging Operation to bring in more Data while it either waits for the Data to be Paged in or Performs other Tasks.
     
  20. hclarkjr

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    to bad there is not a benchmark for DVR's like there are for computers.
     

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