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Upgrading the internal hard drive on an HR24

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by anleva, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. Rich

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    It deserves to be said occasionally. I think.

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  2. CCarncross

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  3. Richierich

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    Dave if you don't need the Information just go on to the next post and leave it for those who might find it helpful or informative.

    How does that hurt you???
     
  4. davel

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    You mean like of the pages and pages of junk (this post included) in this thread. If you just broke it down to actually replacing a drive in an hr-24 you would have about 1 page. You wonder why people don't read 9 page threads? Because 8 pages are OT or unrelated babble.
     
  5. uscpsycho

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    This thread has been most informative.

    I'm about to get an HR24 and wanted to upgrade it myself rather than pay Weaknees their ridiculously inflated prices ($250 more for 2TB than for 750GB). However, it's going to be a leased DVR and upgrading myself is frowned upon.

    Where are you guys getting owned units? I looked on eBay and saw only one for $400+. You guys are paying that much just to be able to upgrade the drives???

    So I'm thinking I'll just go the esata route. But seems like that is not a reliable solution? My plan was to drop a 2TB drive into an enclosure, plug it in and be good to go. Is the failure rate of using an external drive really as high as you guys make it sound in this thread???
     
  6. matt

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    They often come up for sale on here. Especially on Wednesdays after Christmas. ;)

    ebay is another good route, but as you saw, they bring more than the other models.
     
  7. Richierich

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    Well, glad to see that someone agrees with me about Weaknees being ridiculous in their Prices.

    It is getting harder and harder to buy HR24s on Ebay due to a Fiasco awhile back so Directv is tightening the screws on it's employees with respect to selling their DVRs to the General Public.
     
  8. sigma1914

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    $400+ for an owned HR24? Geez...I may sell mine if I need money.
     
  9. uscpsycho

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    There are intelligent & informed people who think Weaknees' prices are reasonable???? Come on... :nono:

    Since their markup on high capacity drives is so outrageous I wonder if they'd agree to install a 2TB that I supply for their basic upgrade price... I am local.
     
  10. Rich

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    Frowned upon, indeed. Not a good thing to talk about on the open forum.

    No. The most I ever paid for a 20-700, my weapon of choice, was about $250 with the $20 fee and shipping added in. I've bought them as low as $130, but then the access card and shipping added about $35 to that price.

    Worst thing that will happen with an external device is that the device will fail. Won't have any bearing on your HDD, you'll just have to get a new device to hold the HDD. You won't lose any recordings.

    You might do well to consider an Antec MX-1 or a Thermaltake docking station. Both work with all the HRs, as far as I know, and both are very reliable. I prefer the docking stations. Both are for sale on amazon.com and other sites. We recommend the WD EVDS or EADS HDDs. I prefer the EADS. But the EVDS is a steady, reliable HDD, too. Again, amazon.com has them for sale as do other sites.

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  11. Rich

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    They do a good business, make a lot of money. Most people never consider doing the upgrade themselves.

    I doubt that.

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  12. Richierich

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    Well, if you live there you could always go by and Chat with them about it but they are in Business to make Money and being able to mark up the parts is part of that business of making Money or Profit.
     
  13. Rich

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    Can't really blame them for high prices. If nobody bought stuff at their prices, they'd lower them. Look how well the TenBox did. They didn't lower their prices until it was too late.

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  14. uscpsycho

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    On an owned HR24 is there any harm in leaving the foam in there, squeezing it between a 2TB drive and the enclosure?
     
  15. uscpsycho

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    They said if I brought my own drive they'd install it for $125.
     
  16. Richierich

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    As long as it fits okay but I would like the see the hard drive breathe or get air as much as possible so consider that. It's not like the DVR will be in an RV or a vehicle that is moving so you really don't need to secure it that much.
     
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    Weaknees is for people with lots of Disposable Income who feel they can't do the Upgrade or do not want to do the Upgrade.

    For the Average Joe Sixpack I would think they would be more inclined to do the install theirself especially if they have replaced a hard drive in a PC.

    I had them Upgrade my HR10-250s way back when but they also copied the Recordings from the Old Drive to the New Drive which I didn't how to do so I let them do it.
     
  18. Rich

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    What's that foam made out of? There is a "Right to know" law that says that we have the right to know of any materials that could be dangerous. If that foam overheats and releases vapors, what exactly will happen? The 24s should come with an MSDS sheet that explains fully what those vapors are.

    If they had a warehouse full of those foam pads and a fire occurred, the first thing a fireman would ask for is the MSDS data for those pads. If it wasn't produced they could just let the warehouse burn to the ground.

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  19. Rich

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    That's a fifteen minute job for them. That works out to $500 a hour for labor. For someone that's never done it, it might take an hour. It's really simple when you know how to do it.

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  20. hdtvfan0001

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    12 minute jobs done here..multiple times... ;):D
     

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