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Using external HD and switching HDDVRs??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by lparsons21, May 11, 2013.

  1. lparsons21

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    There's been some discussion in alt.dbs.directv usenet discussions about using an external HD and it working with other D* HDDVRs. I had always thought that was not possible as the video was locked into the HDDVR it was created on. But here's a quote of the last posting in the discussion that seems to say that isn't the case:

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    >>>> Use and external drive and you don' lose anything.
    >>>
    >>> Actually, that depends on what goes wrong. If (for example) the
    >>> external drive fails, you lose everything on it. Also if something
    >>> else internal to the DVR fails, you also lose everything on the
    >>> external drive if the DVR must be replaced (the new DVR will simply
    >>> reformat the external drive as soon as you connect it, wiping out
    >>> everything recorded on it).
    >>>
    >>Well I beg to differ with you. I can take any of my four external drives
    >>and switch them between any HDDVR. All four are different models also.
    >
    >My experience with HR20 and HR21 DVRs was different the last time I
    >tried... but that was a few years ago. I have a 'clone" of each of my
    >DVR's hard drives, so tomorrow I'll run a few tests to see if you are
    >correct.

    OK, I tried a clone of one of my DVRs connected to a different DVR,
    and to my surprise, it worked exactly as you said, so I retract my
    earlier statement.

    //endquote
     
  2. rsblaski

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    If this is true, it would be a blessing if the DVR itself went bad.
    My DVRs are in cabinets so a bit difficult to justify pulling them just to test.
    I will be watching for results on this forum.
     
  3. lparsons21

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    I'll be watching too! That's why I posted this here, hoping some would do some testing and report back.

    While I'm currently with Dish, things change... :)
     
  4. carl6

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    You will be able to see the list of recordings, but you will not be able to actually play any of them. I can assure you 100% that recordings made on one HR2x series DVR will NOT play when that drive is connected to a different HR2x series DVR. That is also true of the SD series R1x DVRs.
     
  5. RunnerFL

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    Yeah, I've been trying this off and on after updates and what carl6 says is what happens. You can see the recordings but not play them. Your Series Links work though.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    Thanks for the responses. That is exactly what I thought would be the case, though I did think possibly there was some hidden change in one of the updates.
     
  7. CCarncross

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    The only exception to these rules is OTA recordings....if you theoretically had a drive full of OTA recordings (AM-21 or HR20 with antenna feed in use), those recordings are 100% portable between dvrs.
     
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    Veeeeerrrry Interrrrresssssting! </Artie Johnson>
     
  9. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

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    Absolutely right. I forgot about OTA recordings.
     
  10. Rich

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    The SLs don't always make it, I stuck a 2TB on a 24-100 the other day, deleted all the content on it and, somehow lost all the SLs. The HDD didn't reformat or I wouldn't have had to delete all the recorded content. Odd.

    Trying to view content that wasn't recorded on the correct HR is not a good thing to do. I've inadvertently done it and it wasn't a pleasant experience. At the least, I had to reboot the HR. First time I ever lost the SLs, tho.

    Rich
     
  11. RunnerFL

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    Very interesting. I wonder what triggered the deletion of the SL's.
     
  12. Rich

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    No idea. First time something like that has happened to me. All I did to the HDD was mark all recorded content for deletion as I do with each HDD that I put on a new HR and it took the SLs away. Waited a day for the SLs to populate, but they never did.

    Rich
     
  13. CCarncross

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    I have done about 6 drive copies now for replacing the drives in the same DVR over the last 6 years, mostly moving to larger drives, and I've yet to lost the SL's, but I guess it could happen
     
  14. Rich

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    It certainly can. I had over 40 SLs on that HDD and they're all gone. The only thing I know for sure is that I didn't do anything that would cause that to happen. But, not a big deal, I'll just fill it up again with SLs when the new season starts.

    I would have thought that I would have lost all the recordings on that HDD (2TB EVDS) too, but I had to delete them. First time for everything, I guess.

    Rich
     
  15. dpeters11

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    And the two boxes were on the same software version?
     

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