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Working eSata Setups:

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

  1. Aug 13, 2007 #41 of 2284
    houskamp

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    Same rules apply.. when you add a second drive the whole array will have to be wiped out..
     
  2. Aug 13, 2007 #42 of 2284
    bbq-allstar

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    So what cable did you use? I just ordered this combo from newegg but realized that I need a SATA-eSATA cable right?

    ***EDIT -- My bad, the enclosure is SATA to eSATA... however, I should've done some price checking... Frys has the same HD for $189 (newegg was $209)
     
  3. Aug 14, 2007 #43 of 2284
    Griff

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    Hitachi 1tb, Vantec enclosure. Enclosure comes with cables, used the included SATA to eSATA cable. Hooked drive up to the computer first to use Hitachi's features utility to set acoustic management to midpoint on the scale. Drive is very quiet running on the HR20-700.
     
  4. Aug 16, 2007 #44 of 2284
    LI-SVT

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    I'm in!

    I initially tried the Seagate FA Pro 750g with the Monoprice type I eSATA to eSATA cable. No dice:nono: Even with modifying it the HR20 never saw it.

    Next I tried the SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 cable with the FA Pro. MONEY:D The HR20 saw the external drive on the first try.

    Recovering all of my series links is a bummer. In the future D* should transfer your searches and series links to the external drive. I don't make this comment out of laziness, some shows that I have links for are on rarely. Now I have to babysit the guide waiting for the shows to come on so I can set the series links. Searches are the same. If you do a title search and the show is not in the guide the search can't be saved.
     
  5. Aug 17, 2007 #45 of 2284
    bobinyuma

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    I have two HR20's. One in the living room with a seagate Pro 500 gig drive. The bedroom HR20 has no external hard drive attached. I am purchasing a seagate pro 750. I would like to put the 500 gig in the bedroom and the new 750 gig in the living room. Since I have little recorded on both HR20's and the new HD from Directv is starting soon, now seems the time to make the move. My question is, and I am assuming that, will I loose the ability to view my recordings on the older 500gig when I transfer it to my bedroom? Really just a question of curiosity because I am making the change regardless. I am assuming I will lose season passes also?

    By the way, the current Seagate works flawlessly and is much quieter than the HR20 hard drive. Yellow light is neat, not annoying for me. I bought both drives from buy.com along with their under six buck esata II cable.
     
  6. Aug 17, 2007 #46 of 2284
    lucky13

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    You won't actually lose the content on the ESATA drive when you swap it; you just won't be able to play the recordings on any DVR other than the one that recorded them. You'll see the old recordings on the ToDo list, but you'll get an error message if you try to play them.

    If the DVR connections are accessible, you might want to move the HR20 and ESATA in tandem to another room.
     
  7. Aug 17, 2007 #47 of 2284
    kfcrosby

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    I took the plunge and got he Seagate Free Agent Pro 750 external eSATA drive with a SIIG CB-SA0111-S1 cable. I was back up and running quickly.

    [​IMG]

    Yes the light on the from can be a little distracting in low light conditions but I have it mounted in the cabinet with dark Plexiglas in the door.

    Much better recording HD programming and not having to constantly delete stuff to make room.

    VERY easy mod, and well worth it.
     
  8. Aug 17, 2007 #48 of 2284
    bobinyuma

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    I have no idea why I did not think of this very simple solution. Thanks...it must be Friday!!
     
  9. Aug 18, 2007 #49 of 2284
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    I posted earlier that I had a working set up on my HR20-700. I recently got a second HR20 but this time its a 100 (unfortunately not black).

    With this new one I knew I was going to add on some kind of external storage but couldn't decide if I wanted to go with a multi-drive unit or not. After some debate I decided to stick with old faithful that has been working for several months without a hitch. I bought the exact same set up as I have on my 700 and sure enough it worked immediately without any hassles or modifications whatsoever to the included cable.

    Even though I have posted it here before I will post it again just so it is handy.

    This enclosure
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817121022

    With this drive
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148134

    The only thing is that this enclosure has a somewhat BRIGHT blue LED on the front of it. I only mention it because I've read other comments about things like this so I thought I would throw it out there. In my set up it really doesn't matter but if if did I would just put a piece of electrical tape on it or something.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2007 #50 of 2284
    Michael D'Angelo

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    Your links are not working.
     
  11. Aug 18, 2007 #51 of 2284
    bbq-allstar

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  13. Aug 19, 2007 #53 of 2284
    usualsuspect

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    Hi everyone:

    New to this forum been reading a while to try and educate myself on the HR-20 since I plan on getting on before the new HD channels come on. I also plan on buying a seagate FA 750 for the extra storage.

    Can someone tell me roughly how many hours of recording space they get with a 750 gb hd?

    Thanks
     
  14. Aug 22, 2007 #54 of 2284
    jurlwin

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    I recently purchased a Buffalo Technology "Quad" drive. 4 x 500 GB drives in Raid 5 mode. Came up fine, switched to HD channel and within about 30 seconds the drive lights go solid and the picture freezes, but audio still moves. Strange. The pic eventually "unfreezes" but rewind, etc are disabled. Just thought preventing someone from buying something not working is as good as telling someone it works...
     
  15. Aug 24, 2007 #55 of 2284
    elixir26

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    Thanks for the tip. I'm looking at RAID enclosures for my next setup. Did you ever get your setup working? Please keep us posted. "A problem shared...."
     
  16. Aug 25, 2007 #56 of 2284
    jurlwin

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    I gave up. I ended up getting a Seagate FreeAgent Pro. I plan on connecting the Buffalo to one of my servers. If you find one, please let me know ;)
     
  17. Sep 13, 2007 #57 of 2284
    tombet

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    Funhouse -
    I am thinking of trying that Kingwin enclosure you reference with a 1TB drive. (newegg has them for $350). The enclosure comes with a eSata cable. Can you confirm you are using that cable as well ? If not, what did you use ?

    Thanks
     
  18. Sep 13, 2007 #58 of 2284
    m_jraj

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    Seagate FreeAgent 750GB with cable from newegg.
     
  19. Sep 16, 2007 #59 of 2284
    TriggerDeems

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    FreeAgent Pro from Costco. It did NOT work with the eSata cable from Monoprice, their product number 2882, as shipped. I messed with it for a few hours, rebooting everything, changing cables (I bought two, they're cheap), plugging/unplugging, hooking to the computer to run diagnostics--nothing helped. I had read on other posts here that people didn't have to alter that particular cable--that is not correct, as I just found out. Nearing wits end, I finally got out a steak knife and cut a sliver (maybe 1/64th of an inch) off of the black, squarish looking piece between the red-orange cable and the silver plug, obviously on the side nearest the silver plug, so that effectively it could plug further into the FreeAgent, and it now works great! With the steak knife, it only took a few slices on each of the four sides above/around the silver plug, and it was very easy to cut through.
     
  20. Sep 16, 2007 #60 of 2284
    funhouse69

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    I haven't had any issues whatsoever with the included cable. I tried a few other enclosures before settling on this one and even the cables that came with them worked fine. So right now I'm using two Kingwin enclosures one on each of my HR20's (One - 700 and One - 100) they've worked perfect since day one with the included cable.

    I've actually been kind of surprised hearing so many issues with eSATA enclosures / cables since I haven't had any **Knock on Wood** :D
     

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