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Upgrading the Dish Player Hard drive 7200

Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by Hoosier, Aug 18, 2002.

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  1. Hoosier

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    I know I saw some information on this forum somewhere..but can't find that thread..can some one help me..My DP 7100 recently died..I had the extended warranty..so they sent me out a 7200..and gave me free personal TV till 6/2003...so now I would like to look into upgrading my 7200.. Appreciate any advice...sorry for this repeat question..:shrug:
     
  2. Dmitriy

    Dmitriy Godfather/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Try this website, it has all the info you need.
    ben.reser.org/dishplayer
     
  3. virtualsmith

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    Upgrading the hard drive of the 7200 is the simplest thing in the world. I how they left that receiver so open. Just remember to get a 5400 drive and I wouldn't go over 80 gigs or so. Other than that, it's just a matter of unscrewing the casetop, unscrewing the harddrive, replacing the harddrive and screwing it all back in. The machine does all the rest of the work for you. Now if only other hardware manufacturers made things this easy...

    Granted, it was probably an oversight on D*'s part in not putting any harddrive marrying code or whatever on there.
     
  4. virtualsmith

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    Umm, I meant E* in that last message, as in Echostar. I was thinking Dish Network, so I said D*...
     
  5. Chris Blount

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  6. Hoosier

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    Again many thanks for the advice...
     
  7. David_Levin

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    Most important - stay away from Quantum and Maxtor D540x (rebadged Quantums) - they don't work.

    I'm using a Western Digital 120 gig 7200 RPM without any problems.
     
  8. virtualsmith

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    My Maxtor 40 gig 5400 RPM drive has worked great in my 7200 for over 6 months.
     
  9. MarkA

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    That's interesting David. Why not? Do they draw too much power?
     
  10. David_Levin

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    Most Maxtors are fine - I also have a DiamonMax 80 working fine (another died, was replaced under warranty, and is now in my computer).

    The Maxtors that are a problem are the ones that used to be Quantums (Maxtor and Quantum merged).

    I assume the Quantum problem is a firmware/software issue. A power problem would be more sparatic.
     
  11. STXJim

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    David,
    I never thought about this before but when your hard drive died were you still able to watch TV or did everything shut down?
    Were there any warning signs of failure before it died?
     
  12. Chris Blount

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    I had a Western Digital 7200 RPM hard drive fail in the DP. First warning signs were numorous blinkouts and bogus software upgrades every time I turned on the unit. Basically, the unit is un-usable unless the hard drive is working.
     
  13. David_Levin

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    In that case, I did get warning. Initially then drive seemed slow to spin up. Then, had problems initializing on a cold start (initial power-up). The head would would be stuck seeking (probably looking for partition information). Power cycling (many times) would eventually let the drive initialize.

    Interestingly, if I didn't pull the plug on the Dishplayer the drive would be ok (even spinning up and down). Dishplayer must spin down the drive but keep the logic powered.

    After I got the new drive I was able to keep the cover off the Dishplayer and swap the drives back and forth till I watched everything I needed off the old one.

    I then plugged the old drive into a PC where is miserabely failed the Maxtor Diagnostics.

    Sometimes a drive will just die - I guess at a 50% chance where a drive will give some warning.

    PS: Yep, if the drive is dead, so is the Dishplayer
     
  14. Hoosier

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    Saw this model at CompUSA.Do you think it would work ok for the 7200 upgrade?:confused:
     
  15. David_Levin

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    Yea, that guy should be fine....
     
  16. splitsec

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    Has anyone upgraded recently?

    I have a 7100 with the stock drive. I just recently tried to upgrade it to an 80 gb drive. But it will not take the update. After looking around, I found a file that contained a blank image, and a virgin drive image that I wrote to the drive. This still won't let me take the update.

    So I am wondering if I am doing something wrong, or if Dishnet has changed their processes or something?
     
  17. rockerman2k

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    What is the reason for using a 5400 rpm HD vs a 7200 rpm HD?

    TIA!

    Rockerman2k
     
  18. Tony S

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    The 5400 rpm drive draws less power and runs cooler. You don't really need the extra speed that is provided by the 7200 rpm drive. So, for this application the 5400 rpm drive is preferred.
     
  19. Jacob S

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    I have a rather interesting question. I have read a post to where they are going to start rolling out chips instead of hard drives in which will actually be just a little cheaper than the hard drives right off the bat, which could lead to being a LOT cheaper later on seeing the size and manufacturing cost would be a LOT lower.

    I wonder if we could replace the hard drives in the units we have now with a chip(s).
     
  20. Hoosier

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    Upgraded my 7200 with Maxtor 100 GB 5400 and has went fine so far? Everything is working and my PTV is free! Can't be happier! Thanks for all your advice:)
     
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