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Replacing EXISTING esata box

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by philn, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. philn

    philn Cool Member

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    I've been running an external 750GB WD drive for several months now off an HR20-700.....easy install, perfect results. My question is: I intend to upgrade my external BOX only (NOT the drive) with an Antec...better cooling primarily.

    Are there any caviats...I searched but didn't find comments on this. Will my current external drive remain intact...(I'm hoping the HR20 doesn't see a new external esata interface and attempt to format the drive??

    Comments? Input?

    Thank you very much...
     
  2. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    Honestly...

    I think you are going to be one of the first to attempt it.

    My honest opinion... you shouldn't have any issues...
     
  3. philn

    philn Cool Member

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    Earl, thank you for the rapid response...don't know if that's reassuring or not....will keep U posted.
     
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    If you change enclosures but keep the RAID configuration intact I could imagine it could work.
     
  5. HDTVsportsfan

    HDTVsportsfan New Member

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    But the enclosure may have a different controller and chipset and want to have run setup on it.
     
  6. philn

    philn Cool Member

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    THAT's my concern..

    Anyone else? No one's ever done this before?
     
  7. HDTVsportsfan

    HDTVsportsfan New Member

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    Now that i think about it......if it's just one drive....you might be OK.

    I was thinking RAID when I made that previous post.
     
  8. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    Here is a recommendation...

    Get a small 400-500gb drive... (maybe you have one lying around).

    Drop it in your old enclosure...
    Record a few shows on it

    Move it into your new enclosure
    and see the net effect..

    Before you move the loaded 750gb


    Then use that 500gb on your PC or something with the OLD enclosure
     
  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Not knowing how D* does this, but if Microsoft XP is any clue.... you may have problems, so go the "Earl route" first.
     
  10. Sixto

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    Please don't take this as a guarantee but I had the same exact situation and all worked with no problem.

    I had a Rosewill RX-353 eSATA enclosure with a Seagate DB35 750GB eSATA drive. It was attached to a HR20 for several months.

    It worked fine, but when I needed to buy two more for two new HR20's, I did further research and discovered the Antec MX-1 eSATA enclosure. The Antec MX-1 ran much cooler and it just seemed to be a much better design.

    I then took the DB35 drive out of the Rosewill enclosure, installed it in the Antex MX-1 enclosure, hooked it up to the same HR20, and it worked fine. All previous recordings were kept.

    Been running with the new enclosure (same old drive) for a while with zero problems.

    And it's whisper quiet and cool as can be ... actually all three are great.
     
  11. philn

    philn Cool Member

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    Thanks Sixto....I appreciate the 'real' world' anecdote...
     
  12. Coastsider

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    Earl, I just wanted to thank you for giving me a good chuckle, intentional or not, at this early hour.

    As someone who's first hard drive was a 20MB hard card (don't ask) for a Tandy 1000, and with all of the current talk of terabytes, and petabytes, and (why not) exabytes, and beyond, I just find it amusing how quickly our points of reference change with regard to technology.

    And how many hours of MPEG4 HD can you record per petabyte anyhow?
     
  13. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    ;)

    I got my first Credit Card... a Best Buy charge... with a $300 credit limit... just enough to purchase a 200mb hard drive about 14 years ago...

    Now we are carrying 4gb on our keychains for $20
     
  14. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    My first 4gb cost a mere $1,200 plus $250 for the controller.
     
  15. mtxguy74

    mtxguy74 Cool Member

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    Petabyte has always sounded to me like a unit of measure I don't want living near my kids.

    But I think if I did my math right it would be around 200,000 hours per Petabyte
     
  16. RobertDeckman

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    I replaced the box with an Antec and had no problems at all.
     
  17. philn

    philn Cool Member

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    Thanks for all the responses, esp. Robt. Deckman & Sixto., my confidence has soared...will report back after the Saturday afternoon switch.
     
  18. philn

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    Switched to the Antec MX-1 box Friday afternoon without a hitch. Wow! ..is it cool and quiet. Thanks again
     
  19. Sixto

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    Glad it worked out ... thought so.
     
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