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Quietest 750 GB hard drive for HR20?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by relayer, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. relayer

    relayer New Member

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    Hi all-

    I'm getting a new HR20 next week to supplement a failing HDTivo. I'm thinking of getting a 750GB (or 1TB) hard drive, possibly _internal_, to add to the capacity from the get go. I'm aware I would have to break the sticker for an internal drive. If I went the external route, I'm aware that would replace rather than add to the supplied internal drive. Does anyone have advice about the quietest drives out there?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Richard Chalk

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    I am using two of the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750 GB, which are external, and it is almost impossible to even tell they are running.

    The last time I looked, the internal 750 GB were running right around $200. Right now, the external is $235 shipped at Buy.com,

    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=204110105

    and an eSATA cable should run about another $10. I would highly recommend this approach, since I have had two HR20 failures, and consider the warranty very important!
     
  3. elixir26

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    You'll see both my external setups in my signature. They are both barely audible only when fast forwarding or rewinding at speeds over 1x. Of the two the AZIO chatters more but is not what I would call loud.
     
  4. tekboi

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    Just added the drive via usb, the only cable that came with the free agent pro drive, with your e sata cable, does it show you have more space. or do you have to fill up too 100% and then it records to the 2nd drive? Thanks
     
  5. CCarncross

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    YOu cant use USB connected drives with the HR20's, you have to use eSATA. The best practices procedure is, restart the recorder, and when it is rebooting, pull the power plug, connect up your eSATA drive, turn it on, then plug the HR20 back in. The eSATA drive can only be attached with your HR20 unplugged, it is not hot pluggable. Also, when you hook up an eSATA drive, it uses only the external drive, it theoretically disables teh internal drive, until you unplug the HR20 again, and disconnect the eSATA, at that point it reverts to using the internal drive again.
     
  6. jal

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    Does the internal drive stop spinning? The stock drive on the HR20 is noisy, and this may be a solution if it stops spinning.
     
  7. falken

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    Nope. It wastes electricity spinning and generating excess heat.

    Think green, answer the call, spin down the drive! :lol:
     
  8. Richard Chalk

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    I find that you don't have to unplug. If the receiver is running, just plug in the external drive, and then do a "restart recorder" from the menu.

    The receiver does not react to the external drive until it is restarted, so this does not cause any problems.

    Similarly, unplugging the external drive, and then restarting from the menu will access the internal drive again.
     
  9. sbl

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    I wonder if one can disconnect the internal drive without causing problems (other than voiding the warranty, etc.)
     
  10. Michael D'Angelo

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    You probably could with out causing problems except voiding the warranty like you said. But if you were going to go ahead and open it up and void the warranty you might as well go ahead and save the money and install an internal drive.
     
  11. Chuck W

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    The Seagate Free Agent Pro 750mb external drive is extremely quiet. I can't even tell it's spinning. About the only complaint I have with it is that is does get somewhat hot.
     
  12. Richard Chalk

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    Just as a footnote, the 3 HR20-100's that I have do not have warranty stickers, and use standard Torx screws for the cover.

    The HR20-700 I received for a replacement did have the sticker.

    YMMV
     
  13. RunnerFL

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    I recall reading a post from someone here, can't find it though, that said they disconnected the internal drive after adding an external with no problems.

    And as Richard pointed out the 100's don't have the warranty sticker so if you have a 100 who would know if you did it? :)
     
  14. bradfjoh

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    So, what happens to the recordings that are on your internal drive when you attach an external eSATA drive??? Do you lose them?
     
  15. Michael D'Angelo

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    No. They stay on the internal drive and if you remove the external drive the HR20 will reboot using the internal drive and you will be able to watch them.
     
  16. bradfjoh

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    Ah.. Ok. But you are not able to access them while the external is in.
     
  17. Michael D'Angelo

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    correct
     
  18. aamsel

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    A friend looked at how the internal drive is fastened into the case.
    He determined that it was too much of a PITA to replace it, and decided to use the Freeagent Pro external instead.

    Has anyone successfully replaced the internal drive?

    Andrew


     
  19. jkk4

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    With this Seagate 750GB Hard drive, how much HD recording time do you get vs. my current Hard Drive in my HR20=700?

    jkk
     
  20. Bish

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    I replaced the internal in one of mine. It was a little more time consuming than on a tivo version. The drive is enclosed in a metal cage that is "soft connected" using rubber grommets and plastic puch-lock connectors. Be careful pulling the front panel. There is a ribbon cable double taped to it. Just go slow and analyze what you are taking apart.

    I even replaced it with the original when the second tuner went south a month after use. No problem with the return so long as it is returned to original condition. I'm not saying they approve; I'm just saying as long as it is complete and intack and doesn't look like somebody pried it apart, I don't think they would complain IMO.

    BTW-It slightly more than doubles space. (300Gb came in mine)
     
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