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Question about eSATA drives

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by cyfman, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. cyfman

    cyfman AllStar

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    I looked through the F.A.Q. section(not all 21 pages) and just looking to clarify a couple of things.

    I have an HR23-700 and was wondering which brand to get (low cost,yet dependable). I understand that if I do this I can't use the internal and external drives at the same time.

    So to access my internal drive I would need to turn the power off to the external drive then red button reset to be able to access the internal one.

    If I go this route when I get the external drive when I install it I need to turn off the HR box,hook it up,power it on and let it spin up then turn the HR back on and in a perfect world I would be all set to save the programs to the new drive.

    Sorry for all the seemingly basic questions for you folks,but I'm not real tech savy with these kind of things.

    I looked around at Amazon.com and there are so many different external drives,I don't have clue on which one to get.

    Thanks for helping me out.:)
     
  2. SFNSXguy

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    Get a Western Digital 2TB drive (WD20EURS AV-GP) (around $100) and put it in an Antec MX-1 enclosure (around $50) all you need is a small phillips screwdriver, I think it comes with an eSATA to eSATA cable -- if not they're about $8.

    Search the Web carefully for these products, prices vary wildly.

    To get going: unplug the power cables from the receiver and MX-1, connect the eSATA cable (to both units), plug in MX-1 (make sure its power switch is on too) wait 15 seconds, plug in receiver. Set up all your preferences. Your done!

    Good luck.
     
  3. PokerJoker

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    Unfortunately the asking price for that WD drive has just tripled due to the shortage.

    If you are lucky and quick you might find it from someplace that hasn't raised the price yet.

    Keith
     
  4. Rich

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    Several WD models will work well with the HRs. The EADS, EVDS, EURS, EARS and a lot of other models, but as PokerJoker said, this in not the time to buy an HDD. Unless you don't care about the prices, which will drop quite a bit when things get back to normal.

    Also, stay away from the red button and unplug the power cord when you're installing or uninstalling an external HDD.

    Rich
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    If you understand DVR's processes the RBR is fine.
     
  6. Rich

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    He's asking for help. Obviously, he doesn't understand the process.

    Rich
     
  7. cyfman

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    Thanks for the help,Would a 1TB be a good one? I imagine that size would be way more than enough for me.And the price on those didn't seem to outrageous to me

    Do they make a external that comes in it own case?

    Thanks for helping me along:)
     
  8. dpeters11

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    You don't gain a lot of space, you're going from 750 to 1000 gb. Going external makes more sense at 2tb.
     
  9. cyfman

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    Told ya I was a newb:lol::lol:
     
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    :lol::lol:
     
  11. Rich

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    There are externals that come in their own cases right out of the box. Not what we recommend. But if you can get a 2TB eSATA for less than what a proper setup would cost, it might be worth it. Most of us don't use them, but...

    You might want to give one of these a try. You'd save about $50. Don't know how good they are or how long they'll last, but I have seen some posts about the Fantoms that were positive.

    Rich
     
  12. Rich

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    Found this one too.

    Rich
     
  13. cyfman

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    Thanks for the links rich:)
     
  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    These two doesn't look different - then why the $50 premium should be paid ?
     
  15. Rich

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    You're welcome. I read the reviews on the cheaper unit and at least one person has it working on an HR.

    Rich
     
  16. Rich

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    I dunno, another mystery of life.

    Rich
     

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