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Replacement HD-DVR - question about the old one

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by HockeyGuy, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. Jan 8, 2014 #1 of 17
    HockeyGuy

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    My HR20-100 failed due to a bad disk-drive (lasted a little over 6 years). I was able to convince DTV that I was worthy of a replacement, and now have an HR21-200. As the HR20-100 is so old, they don't want to waste the shipping costs to have it returned. In the process of activating the replacement receiver, it simultaneously de-activated the HR20-100.

    So, the question is, if I were to spend my own $$$ on the HR20-100 to either buy an external eSata drive, or take the time to buy new, then replace the internal drive, would DTV allow me to re-activate it and replace one of my (also ancient) H10 receivers?
     
  2. Jan 8, 2014 #2 of 17
    peds48

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    most likely.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2014 #3 of 17
    carl6

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    Pretty sure they would let you reactivate it. It is fairly easy and straightforward to replace the hard drive in the HR20, and in fact you could put in a larger drive if you want to, up to 2GB will work. There is at least one thread somewhere about replacing hard drives in DirecTV DVRs, so you might search a little for it.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2014 #4 of 17
    dpeters11

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    Ouch, the 21 is no upgrade compared to the 20.


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  5. Jan 9, 2014 #5 of 17
    HockeyGuy

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    Yeah, I've been through them - agree it's no harder than swapping a drive in a PC, which I've done many times. The key to me is whether they'll allow activation since they sent me a "free" replacement for a "dead" receiver.

    I'll probably go ahead and do it - I can always take the new drive back out and put in an enclosure as a back-up drive for another PC or Mac we have around.

    Thanks!
     
  6. Jan 9, 2014 #6 of 17
    HockeyGuy

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    Dead HR-20 vs. working HR21? I'll take the HR21. :righton: So far, so good!
     
  7. Jan 9, 2014 #7 of 17
    WestDC

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    Agree - but the price is right :)
     
  8. Jan 9, 2014 #8 of 17
    dpeters11

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    There is that, but still. I'd rather get another HR20 than a 21.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2014 #9 of 17
    Rich

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    Truth.

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  10. HarleyD

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    Unless you are using OTA the 21 is an improvement in that it is cleaner to instal than an HR20-100. You don't need the bandstop filters and such for SWM/DECA/MRV and such. The hookup info for that stuff always alls out explicit exceptions for the HR20-100.

    Now granted if it was already hooked up then he has already met that enemy but still, unless as I said he is using OTA and doesn't want to shell out $50 for an AM21 he is getting a more "standard" receiver without any special adapters required to make it work.

    Maybe a small thing but standards and repeatability are a good thing for technology.
     
  11. bakers12

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    You should be able to activate the HR20 as long as you have the key card, which I assume you haven't removed.
     
  12. Rich

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    I think you have to buy a new card when you do that. Not sure.

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  13. carl6

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    From my personal experience, I have several receivers/DVRs that are deactivated, and I have been able to retain the cards for them. I have been able to reactivate these without issue when desired. If you are required to return the access card (but allowed to keep the receiver), then you would have to obtain (buy) a new card in order to reactivate a receiver.
     
  14. HockeyGuy

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    Thanks for all the thoughts and comments. I've ordered a 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive (refurb from a major online seller for $49), and will do the swap when it comes in. We'll see what DTV says when done ...
     
  15. Rich

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    You didn't buy a Seagate Barracuda did you?

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  16. peds48

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    Just saying....

     
  17. Rich

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    Sorry, I didn't read your post correctly. Those Barracudas are a problem especially on the 20s. Well, I've never had a 20-100 that worked, but I had plenty of 20-700s with Cudas in them and they all chattered like monkeys. I'd recommend going with a new HDD, perhaps this one. Only $40 more and it's a 2TB that will not chatter.

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