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Working eSata Setups:

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

  1. dminches

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    They are great. Easy to use and they should run cooler since more of the drive is exposed to air.
     
  2. Volman

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    Docks,especially with the "EVDS" should run cool..

    Kinda OT,but I can't find the answer:If a sata HDD has been formatted & used in a PC,can it be placed into an enclosure and used with a DirecTV DVR?Do you format it after the PC use?Or will the DVR do the necessary format?Or is this a bad idea?
    Thanks!
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  3. P Smith

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    Not to worry - DTV HR will reformat it by itself.
     
  4. kingram52

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    I just installed a Samsung eco-green HD153WI into a calvary ext case and it works great--no jumpers.
     
  5. Volman

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    Thanks,P Smith.I have a 1TB WD10EVDS that I'm using for photo storage on my PC.I may later use it on an HR20-100 or HR20-700 if either DVR has an external HDD go bad.

    Fred
     
  6. weattv

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    Wondering if I've understood the current recommendations...

    HR-20-100 has been working great with 2 alternatively placed Seagate FAP's until lately. Recent freezing up was largely fixed by putting a small fan in front of the FAP.

    I was planning just to get enclosures -- but recent posts say that some drives are not being fixed that way.

    A tech will transfer the data to a 2 TB drive for me.

    Which drive should work with the 20-100 & also with a new DVR once the 20-100 wears out?

    Is the "Western Digital 2 TB AV-GP SATA Intellipower 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM AV Hard Drive WD20EVDS" (plus the MX-1) still the one to get? Where?

    IF it needs a jumper, a post above seems to say I'd have to open the DVR. I don't own it, so I don't want to be charged for it when I have to return it to DirecTV.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  7. dminches

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    The jumper goes on the WD drive in the enclosure. You don't have to open the DVR case. I am using that drive in 2 different HR20s and I am not using jumpers. YMMV.
     
  8. williammck

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    Would a NexStar 3 3.5" eSATA enclosure work?
     
  9. cw395

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    I had the NexStar-3 with a Hitachi HD that didn't work. It just sat there, spinning, and feeling warm. After reading suggestions on this site and changing to the WD10EVDS with the Antec MX-1, the enclosure feels to be the same as the room temperature. The internal fan has got to be a big advantage.
     
  10. tadc

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    FYI I finally got the gear above hooked up and running. It took a while because the bastards I ordered the HD from the first time cancelled on me because of a "pricing error", but their notification went in the spam bucket so I sat here blissfully unaware for quite a while until I decided to look into what was taking so long!

    Seems to be working fine, although pretty much the very first program we watched (some food network program, "Next Iron Chef" or something) had brief glitches. These were the type where there's a very small gap in the audio and no pixelization, and they were "recorded" glitches (i.e. if I rewound the glitch would be the same every time), so I'm not convinced that they are related to the HD and may in fact be encoding errors at the headend. I haven't noticed any other issues since then, but then I'm so used to them by now I may have just not noticed. :grrr:

    Since then I've been recording madly trying to fill up some space, but we're still at 90-odd% free, so it's still in the early stages of testing. :)
     
  11. cw395

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    "I had the NexStar-3 with a Hitachi HD that didn't work. It just sat there, spinning, and feeling warm. After reading suggestions on this site and changing to the WD10EVDS with the Antec MX-1, the enclosure feels to be the same as the room temperature. The internal fan has got to be a big advantage."

    In reviewing my past post I am recognizing my error. I got and used a WD20EVDS. It has been wonderful, running 24/7 and still has the feel of the room temp. I have reviewed many recorded programs and deleted many duplicates without problems. Been wonderful, so far and buy it again if necessary.
     
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    Bergeaux

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    I JUST connected this external enclosure with a Western Digital Caviar Black (64MB cache) and it formatted and came up fine.

    If I have any problems, I'll come back and document it.
     
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    Inbound from Amazon "Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station"
    "Western Digital 2 TB AV-GP SATA Intellipower 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM AV Hard Drive WD20EVDS" for use with an HR23-700.

    Assuming this works, I'm considering opening the DVR and either disconnecting the internal drive power supply or removing the internal drive altogether.

    The thought of leaving the internal drive spinning needlessly, using power, and generating heat is bothersome to me.

    I understand the warranty implications for my owned/leased box.
     
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    Rich

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    Don't do it. It won't work. Used to, but they changed something.

    Rich
     
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    P Smith

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    Details, please. Model of DVR, actions, messages, etc. Full picture is required. ;)
     
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    alert5

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    I appreciate your warning. Prudence rules.
     
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    Rich

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    Well, you got me on that one. I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about!

    Rich
     
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    Rich

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    Yeah, you'll just go thru a lot of work for nothing. I used to do it, but an NR killed the ability to run with just an eSATA. The internal drive must be used for something. I dunno what, but we've speculated and haven't come up with anything solid. There are ways to do it, but it's a PITA and not really worth going thru.

    Rich
     
  19. Sep 9, 2010 #1419 of 2284
    hasan

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    Based on your recommendation and experience, I just ordered the Thermalite Dock and 2 TB EADS drive you linked to (Amazon), in another thread.

    I would like to use it with my HR20-700, but could use it on an HR21-100. After reading the last 50 posts or so, it appears to me that I do not need to use the jumper on the drive in order for it to work on the HR20-700, is that correct?

    If needed, are any jumpers provided with the drive?
     
  20. Sep 9, 2010 #1420 of 2284
    Rich

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    I've never bought a drive that came with jumpers. You don't need them with an EVDS drive. I have the same setup in front of me on a 20-700 and I don't have the jumper on it. But that's just with the EVDS drive. The docking station does come with an eSATA to eSATA jumper.

    Rich
     

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