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Single 2 TB drive - WD20EADS

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by hoyty76, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. t_h

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    Its a paradigm change. At somewhere between 200 and 300 hours it stops being something you "keep up with" and becomes more like self-served video on demand. Its not about watching what you have, its about watching what you want.

    Its also nice to 'marathon' a series and watch all the episodes in a week or two, so you actually can get some continuity in the story line.

    Then you've got the holiday and summer 'breaks' to catch up on shows. Sometimes the new episodes of stuff start up again in the fall before we finish watching the series from the year prior.

    Sort of nice intermediary and not necessarily reliable archival storage medium. On my old 400 hour directivo I had three seasons of football playoffs and superbowls kicking around, along with a dozen or so really good games.
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    With that 2000 Gig drive...you can simply record just about anything you want and watch it just about anytime you want...:grin:

    Better make sure you have a really comfy chair and plenty of beverages...:D
     
  3. Tom Robertson

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    I have one DVR with mostly movies on its 750gb drive. And I want more space, just for the ability to watch any of "my" movies at any time. :)
     
  4. Richierich

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    Well, as t_h stated I have it so I can "Watch What I Want When I Want To Watch It". I also an HR21-700 with a 1 TB Drive attached to this system so in essence I have 3000 Gig of Space available with 4 Tuners and 100 Series Links.

    I keep Sports on the HR23 particularly Golf (so I can go back and watch the U. S. Open or whatever) and other stuff such as Nostradamus, Apocalypse 2012 and other related stuff regarding 2012 and really Important stuff I also record on my HR21 so if I do have a problem with my 2 TB Drive on my HR23 I can replace the drive but I still have a version to watch on my HR21.

    I then go in and clean up the recordings and if there is something that has been there a long time and I don't think I will watch it I watch it then and delete it or I just delete it so I am constantly monitoring what is recorded and what I really don't want to keep.
     
  5. newsposter

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    You forgot to mention it's nice to record all the fox shows and see if the network cancels the show before you start even watching them ;)

    I definitely understand the 'what i want when i want it', i guess having over 1 year old stuff i dont think ill ever even get to just got my wondering why i'd want 2tb to make my decisions even harder lol.

    Also regarding the comment above about going through and deleting what you don't want. thats the problem with me, i record what i definitely want to watch, just dont have the time! I'd say there are less than 10 shows i've ever recorded that i just threw in the towel and deleted. And even less SPs.

    so where's the support forum for people who record but never watch :)
     
  6. l8er

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    Hello, I'm Gary, and I'm addicted to DIRECTV DVRs. :D
     
  7. Richierich

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    I also have people I know tell me that they don't need a DVR as they don't have that much time to watch TV and I tell them they are the exact people who should have it because then when they do have time to sit down and watch TV they can pull up whatever they want and watch it.

    Alot of times I want to watch the Evening News but I get home too late so I record all of the different network news shows and then watch them when I want and also use the 30 second skip feature to get thru the commercial breaks so I can quickly watch just those segments that are important to me.

    I can watch a football game in under an hour by skipping thru the commercials and using skip after a play or while they are reviewing a play that I could care less about waiting on.
     
  8. Rich

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    I've got a total of 8.25TBs of space (gross capacity, not including any drive space that D* "keeps" for itself) and it is not enough. We'll catch up this summer and probably increase space for next season. If you're gonna do something, you might as well do it right.

    Rich
     
  9. Richierich

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    EXACTLY!!! Why play around, just do it right and be done with it. When I go back to clean up and I see recordings that are over 6 months or so old I either view them or delete them but it's nice to have OPTIONS when it comes to what you want to watch depending upon your mood or if a friend comes over or whatever, can't have enough CAPACITY in my humble opinion.
     
  10. Rich

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    I just watched the "Train Robbers" with John Wayne and I was shocked. I had never seen it. And Ann-Margaret was in it, must have been in her early 20's. I thought I had seen every movie he made and because I have so much capacity I just recorded it and thought that if I had seen it I would delete it.

    Today, I found a movie with Ahnold, the Governator that I have never seen. Seems as if the more I record, the more good movies I find. And of course, lots of movies that are so bad that it boggles the mind. All because of capacity. And it can only go up.

    Rich
     
  11. Richierich

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    Here is The Conclusion Of A Review Of The WD20EADS 2TB Drive.

    Conclusions and Final Thoughts

    Capacity over Speed


    With many out there making the switch to SSD for their OS partitions, users are finding that a mentality shift is in order, as you can't fit anything and everything on a single super-fast drive these days. So long as you can get accustomed to having your large, stagnant data on a separate 'mass storage' drive, the slower access times and rotational speeds will have little effect on your daily use. The Caviar Green series starts to make sense when you realize your bulk data does not necessarily need to be spinning at 10,000 RPM, and the lower heat output will likely result in greater longevity of your storage medium. This is especially true if you don't have the greatest ventilation in your particular application (i.e. DVR's).

    Final Thoughts

    For those who need as much as can possibly be crammed into a 3.5" form factor, the Western Digital WD20EADS Caviar Green is sure to please. While the performance is nowhere near Raptor territory, the sequential transfer rates are admirable given the near 50% drop in spindle speed. An added bonus is the almost eerie silence of the 2TB model. Our drive received many double takes during seek testing, as we truly believed we were benching the wrong device. With huge storage and cool / quiet operation, I see this drive going into many DVR's and media center PC's in the near future.

    Here is a Link to the Conclusion Of A Review of the WD20EADS Drive.

    http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=676&type=expert&pid=10

    Here is a Link to the Entire Review.

    http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=676

    So this Drive appears to be a good candidate for DVRs.
     
  12. Richierich

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    Also, the Review stated that this Drive was VERY QUIET and ran VERY COOL which is important for a DVR in perhaps an enclosed environment.
     
  13. dave29

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    I also saw yesterday that WD just released a 1.5 TB drive as well.
     
  14. Richierich

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    Yes, they released the 1.5 TB right before the 2 TB Drive and I was actually surprised as I thought it would take another 3 or 4 months until they released the 2 TB Drive after the 1.5 TB Drive came out.
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    Great review and more important....great and impressive drive!
     
  16. Richierich

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    Yes but the sad part is that I only have 78% left!!! :lol:
     
  17. Rich

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    And no problems with slowdowns, I bet. That's the big difference between an internal and external drive, I think.

    Rich
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    Uh huh....after how many hours of recordings...??? :D
     
  19. Richierich

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    Well over 100 hours of HD Recordings. I have no operational problems at the moment and it is still Fast but does not seem as fast at deleting things as it once was after I had installed the WD20EADS.
     
  20. Podkayne

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    LOL...that's exactly where my 2TB array is sitting this evening:lol:

    I always thought 1 TB would be more than enough but it's amazing how much stuff winds up on the DVR with three (and sometimes 4 - when my college student kid comes home to visit) family members watching their own stuff.
     

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