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Working eSata Setups:

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by houskamp, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. VerumSeeker

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    I spoke too soon. Had my set up working for a day. But then had to move my DVR (and unplug it). Went back through the same process and now the DVR only goes to the internal drive.

    Is there anything special that I need to do to the hard drive after first time use to get it to work again?
     
  2. Rich

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    Sadly, you get what they give you. Maybe you'll get lucky and get a 24.

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  3. Rich

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    Did you: Unplug both the HR and the external device, wait a minute or so and plug in the external device then wait for the external HDD to spin up (only takes seconds), then plug in the HR?

    When you moved the DVR, did you unplug the external device, too? Did you have to remove the eSATA to eSATA cable?

    I know this sounds simplistic, but...

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  4. Volman

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    A lot of us NEED simplistic!
     
  5. Rich

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    True, Fred. Half the time I don't understand what the people who work in IT are talking about. I read the posts but all I hear is a whooshing sound as those very complex posts go over my head... :lol:

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    VerumSeeker

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    Unplugged both DVR and external enclosure. Left the eSATA cable plugged in to the DVR but unplugged from the external enclosure.

    Re-plugged the eSATA cable into the external enclosure. Plugged the power back into the enclosure, waited 60 seconds, plugged power back in to the DVR. Fail.

    Unplugged power on both DVR and external enclosure. Left the eSATA cable plugged into both ends (but did gently press on both ends to make triple sure that both ends were plugged in). Plugged the power back into the enclosure, waited 10 seconds, plugged power back in to the DVR. Fail.

    Unplugged power on both DVR and external enclosure. Left the eSATA cable plugged into both ends (but did gently press on both ends to make triple sure that both ends were plugged in). Plugged the power back into the enclosure, waited 180 seconds, plugged power back in to the DVR. Fail.

    Bought a new eSATA cable (6ft SATA External Round Cable - eSATA to eSATA (Type I to Type I) from OKGear. Changed the eSATA cable. Plugged the power back into the enclosure, waited 180 seconds, plugged power back in to the DVR. Fail.

    Ordered a new enclosure. Waiting on delivery from NewEgg.

    Cannot even convey my level of frustration.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2012 #2047 of 2284
    Rich

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    Oh, I know how frustrated you are. Been there. If you're lucky, the new enclosure will solve the problem. The external devices used for the external HDDs are the weakest links in the chain. The eSATA cords are very rarely the cause of problems such as yours.

    Did you order the same enclosure or get one that we recommend? The Thermaltake docking stations and Antec MX-1 enclosures are proven external devices.

    Rich
     
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    Volman

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    My bad. I didn't notice the refurb!
     
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    Rich

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    I almost jumped on it, then I saw that it was a refurb. Kinda hard to believe something that cheap gets refurbished.

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    mechman

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    Just a brief report...

    After about a year and a half, my Samsung HD204UI started to sputter continuously while watching recorded shows. After failing the diagnostic tests (both the short and long S.M.A.R.T. checks), the drive has been replaced with a WDBAAY0020HN or WD20EARX drive. I have another HD204UI on my HR20-700 and it's still working fine.
     
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    The Merg

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    Did you clone the old drive over to the new drive?

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  14. Jan 1, 2013 #2054 of 2284
    mechman

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    No. I watched everything on it and took advantage of the holiday moratorium on new shows. The only thing that I had to get it set up for was the new Dual Survival tonight. I thought about copying what little I had on it but with it failing I figured they might not come through anyways.

    Now I have to wait for the guide to populate and then I can get the rest of my series set up.
     
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    The Merg

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    Glad it worked out for you. That is my one fear with going with an external. I'll have so much on there and <poof> it's gone.

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    hjones4841

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    And that is why I have not considered a HR34. Hard drive dies and too many shows are gone as well as the use of clients.

    I use external hard drives on 7 DVRs (now HR24s) and usually get around 3 years before the drives have to be replaced. I use green WD 2TBs; have not had good luck with the lower priced Seagate drives.
     
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    Rich

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    I've never tried a Sammy HDD on an HR, but I tried them on TiVos. Just my opinion based on my experience with the TiVos, but I had more trouble with the Sammys than any other HDD. I've avoided them since then. The EARX is a good HDD.

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  18. Jan 6, 2013 #2058 of 2284
    hsedsie

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    Thinking of purchasing a WD My Book DVR expander WDG1S10000. I have an HR21-100 and an HR20-700 and I would like to connect it to one of them. After sifting through this thread I have some questions. Approx how many hours of HD can I record on 1 TB? Can the drive be switched from one DVR to the other without losing what is on the drive. I understand you can only playback those recordings made by the DVR it is currently attached to. If you have old recordings on the internal DVR before connecting the external drive can you access the old recordings by disconnecting the external drive and rebooting the DVR? What happens if you get a software update when the external drive is connected? I assume if you disconnect you do not have the update. Thanks!
     
  19. Jan 7, 2013 #2059 of 2284
    Rich

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    ~ 250 hours depending on the content. There is no "set in stone" figure that I know of because the content determines the hours. But, as a rule of thumb, 500 hours for a 2TB drive (which is what you should really be looking at), half that for a 1TB drive and so on.

    Yes, you won't be able to play any content, but your Series Links will follow the HDD and they will work.

    Yes. Do this by shutting down the external drive, leave the eSATA to eSATA jumper cable in place if you are planning to activate the external device again.

    Nothing different happens if you have an external drive hooked up. You'll still get the update.

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  20. Jan 7, 2013 #2060 of 2284
    CCarncross

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    I want to add to what Rich wrote...you dont want to be moving the HDD between your dvr's, its not setup for that. Its not at all like Dish's implementation of external HDD's.

    You either hook it up to use on one dvr, and decide to move it, and start over on that dvr. You cant really flop one back and forth between dvr's and record content on each different dvr.
     

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