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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. Jul 26, 2010 #41 of 544
    Scott Kocourek

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    Are internal drive changes and external drives all that important now that we have MRV? I have to admit that I tend to delete things right after watching them except for a few kids movies and shows so most things are fairly recent, but I do record entire series before watching them. Before I spent the money I'd probably just but another DVR and then there is more storage and more tuners.
     
  2. Jul 26, 2010 #42 of 544
    Rich

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    I think so. For us, anyway. My wife isn't home that much, she works a lot of hours and she travels all over the world for the corporation she works for and we usually end up watching whole series during the summer and into the next season. Without added capacity, we couldn't do this. And you can't beat the added capacity for backing up programs. I've just found another eSATA that is probably shot and I've got all the programs on it backed up on other HRs.

    I keep buying owned HRs and putting large internals in them because that method seems to work a whole lot better than eSATAs.

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  3. Jul 26, 2010 #43 of 544
    Richierich

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    I Own my DVRs so the First Thing I do when I acquire one is to put a 2 TB Hard Drive in it and be done with it. I didn't find anything that would break unless you force it open by not looking at what you are doing and seeing how it works to hold the lid on.

    Very Easy and Very Nice to have a 2 TB Drive sitting in it doing it's thing.

    Just Love having the storage and if Directv gave us sufficient storage then we wouldn't have to open up the box and do it ourselves.
     
  4. Jul 26, 2010 #44 of 544
    sigma1914

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    I thought someone who's very good with HRs swapped drives for you?
     
  5. Jul 26, 2010 #45 of 544
    Rich

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    Perhaps he uses someone such as the the very good electrician that does my electrical work.

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  6. Jul 26, 2010 #46 of 544
    Richierich

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    Well, he did the First One and I aided him but then I did the rest of them after seeing how Simple an Operation it turned out to be!!! :)
     
  7. Jul 26, 2010 #47 of 544
    matt

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    +20 million
     
  8. Jul 26, 2010 #48 of 544
    hdtvfan0001

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    Of course that word "sufficient" is in the eyes of the beholder... ;):lol:

    More important...if there was a viable way to archive content folks want to offload and store....then real-time drives would require less capacity.

    To me....archiving content is the biggest gap in all DVRs today.I understand all of the security and copy protection arguments, but those can be addressed with a household only code where the content can be restricted - as oppossed to how it all works today.
     
  9. Jul 26, 2010 #49 of 544
    Rich

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    NetFlix=Archiving.

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  10. Jul 26, 2010 #50 of 544
    Scott Kocourek

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    Ok that makes sense. I guess my life is much simpler than a lot of other folks, I really only need to go away for long periods of time for pleasure. Maybe a case of tunnel vision. :)

    For the backup issue, more often than not I am around when a recording is being made, so if I were to miss it due to bad weather, I know to look for it in other places.
     
  11. Aug 14, 2010 #51 of 544
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    I'm taking a WD15EADS out of my desktop, as it's too big for what I need, and putting to better use and installing it in my owned HR24-100. Can I put it in as is? or do i need to erase everything on it & reformat it? If I reformat it, is it just plain Fat 32 and anything else sector wise? Or just do nothing and plop it into the HR24 & it will format it for me? Thanks.
     
  12. Aug 14, 2010 #52 of 544
    hdtvfan0001

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    Not even close.
    It will reformat upon bootup of the HR24.
     
  13. Aug 14, 2010 #53 of 544
    Richierich

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    It will Automatically Reformat upon Booting Up the HR24.
     
  14. Aug 14, 2010 #54 of 544
    P Smith

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    Just do nothing - it will format it as EXT3 with XFS without any problem.
     
  15. Aug 14, 2010 #55 of 544
    texasmoose

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    i got the case off & laid my WD15EADS on top of existing drive, carefully placing it on not to short anything out. And it synced up no problem. Now to remove existing drive, do i simply take out the 2 phillips head screws & out pops current drive? or do i need to get my neighbor's torq screwdriver & remove the 4 or 5 screws and then proceed to pull out drive enclosure and then swap out drives? if it's the latter, what size torq screwdriver do i need?
     
  16. Aug 14, 2010 #56 of 544
    hdtvfan0001

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    The answer to that questoin varies depending on which HR24 model you are talking about...the -100, the -200, or the -500. The drives are mounted differently in each of those units, as seen in the First Look, Second Look, and Third Look articles with photos on the HR24 series.
     
  17. Aug 14, 2010 #57 of 544
    texasmoose

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    all done thanks for the help.
     
  18. Aug 14, 2010 #58 of 544
    hdtvfan0001

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    CORRECTED POST: Only the HR24-100 had 2 screws holding on the case underneath. The 4 HR24-500 I saw units had none.
     
  19. Aug 15, 2010 #59 of 544
    anleva

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    None on mine. Just needed to trip the clips to get the cover off my HR24-500
     
  20. Aug 15, 2010 #60 of 544
    hdtvfan0001

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    OK....
     

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