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#51 OFFLINE   MIMOTech

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:05 PM

You should also note in your sticky that this new external drive replaces the internal one and is the only drive (intrnal and external do not add up for expaned capacity) the DVR will use. Also that the data on the internal drive is not lost and can be played if the external drive eSATA plug is pulled and the DVR rebooted.

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#52 OFFLINE   Drew2k

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 11:26 AM

You should also note in your sticky that this new external drive replaces the internal one and is the only drive (intrnal and external do not add up for expaned capacity) the DVR will use. Also that the data on the internal drive is not lost and can be played if the external drive eSATA plug is pulled and the DVR rebooted.

By that token, it should also be noted that when installing an eSATA drive for the first time, Series Links need to be recreated. Users should therefore document their series links stored on the internal drive before adding the eSATA drive that first time.

#53 OFFLINE   Jaytee946

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 02:35 PM

I installed the Seagate 1TB drive, and the first thing I noticed was the increase of speed of my DVR (21-700). It had been slow changing channels, showing the guide, etc. since the 0x312 upgrade and when using the keypad the numbers would be so slow inputting to the DVR it would cause the wrong channel to appear, but that all disappeared after the external drive install.
Any thoughts on why?

#54 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:08 PM

You should also note in your sticky that this new external drive replaces the internal one and is the only drive (intrnal and external do not add up for expaned capacity) the DVR will use. Also that the data on the internal drive is not lost and can be played if the external drive eSATA plug is pulled and the DVR rebooted.


By that token, it should also be noted that when installing an eSATA drive for the first time, Series Links need to be recreated. Users should therefore document their series links stored on the internal drive before adding the eSATA drive that first time.


You guys are doing a good job of noting that .. I was simply pointing out that DIRECTV now has a list of Drives that can be used.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:15 PM

You guys are doing a good job of noting that .. I was simply pointing out that DIRECTV now has a list of Drives that can be used.


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Posted 23 July 2009 - 01:25 PM

Seems like the HR-21-100 is a problem child with these external drives and that is the one I have in our main viewing area. Given that, that would be the one I would want to improve the capacity on.

So, just to be sure.....The Seagate St31000sca109-rk 1tb unit listed in post # 1 should work with the HR21-100, right? Has anyone actually installed the 1 TB unit with the HR21-100?

Thanks in advance!


You'll notice that Seagate only recommends the Showcase models for HRs built by Pace. Your's isn't. Only those HRs that end in 700 are built by Pace. I spent quite a while talking to folks at Seagate this week and you'd be amazed at what they don't know about D* HRs.

Another thing to consider is that eSATAs bog down an HR when they get to about the 30% level. Buying a larger eSATA allows you to bypass that for a longer period. The Showcases will come out with larger HDDs in them. Then we'll be told that D* recommends those larger HDDs.

Nobody I talked to at Seagate knew anything about partnering with D* to make the Showcase series.

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 01:37 PM

Well I drove 65 miles one way yesterday to get me one of them
eSATA xternal hard drives. I couldn't find any of the recommended
model numbers. I ended up buying a Western Digital "My Book Home
Edition" eSATA model-number WD10000H1CS, which the Best Buy clerk assured me
the numbers I was looking for were old stuff and this latest unit should work.
I have spent most of the day trying to get it work and my HR20-700 will not recognize it.

Anyone know if this should work and I am doing something wrong?
Would appreciate any advise....I sure hate to drive 120 miles to
return this unit.

thanks,

Bill H

Edited by bhanks, 23 July 2009 - 01:52 PM.


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Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:12 PM

My Books are not supported...the WD solution is called the my dvr extender. its so much less hassle to order a bare bones WD 1-2TB green drive, and put it in an ANTEC MX-1. this combo works with all current HR2x models....

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:15 PM

My Books are not supported...the WD solution is called the my dvr extender. its so much less hassle to order a bare bones WD 1-2TB green drive, and put it in an ANTEC MX-1. this combo works with all current HR2x models....


thanks,CC. sounds like another wasted trip for me :)

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:48 PM

thanks,CC. sounds like another wasted trip for me :)


Correction! I may keep it, it worked on my HR22-100 on the first try.
Only problem, its in the wrong location....decisions, decisions....

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:51 AM

I just received a new HR2x. I've ordered an 1TB eSATA drive (Seagate ST31000333AS SY), and am curious about the sequence of installing the new drive in the new receiver.

(1) Should I setup the new HR2x using the internal drive, then install the eSata?

or

(2) Plug in the eSata before plugging in the HR2x for the first time. (That is, does the HR2x the code in ROM to format the eSATA, and a loader to fetch the current firmware.)

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:08 AM

I'd suggest that you try the DVR as-is to make sure that what they sent you works. When you've verified that that works and you have the latest software, then you can add another level of complication.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:18 AM

I just received a new HR2x. I've ordered an 1TB eSATA drive (Seagate ST31000333AS SY), and am curious about the sequence of installing the new drive in the new receiver.

(1) Should I setup the new HR2x using the internal drive, then install the eSata?

or

(2) Plug in the eSata before plugging in the HR2x for the first time. (That is, does the HR2x the code in ROM to format the eSATA, and a loader to fetch the current firmware.)

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either way.. it will automaticaly format and prep the disk..

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:23 AM

I'd suggest that you try the DVR as-is to make sure that what they sent you works. When you've verified that that works and you have the latest software, then you can add another level of complication.


I agree with this. Don't set up your SLs or anything on the internal drive, just make sure the unit works. Then connect the external drive and set everything up on there.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:25 AM

I agree with this. Don't set up your SLs or anything on the internal drive, just make sure the unit works. Then connect the external drive and set everything up on there.


This was my instinct, too.
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 11:27 AM

I would add that make sure the unit works as is, start a recording for a few minutes so the internal drive is not blank, then hook up the external, that way when the dvr is rebooted to switch to the external, you'll know if it recognized the external correctly. If your partial recording is there after hooking up the eSATA, then it didnt switch to the external drive.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:07 PM

Hey guys I'm new to this message board, but have problems with an external hard drive on my DVR. I'd like your thoughts on my setup.

I have a DirecTV HR20-100S hooked up to an WD "DVR Expander" 1TB via eSATA. It works great...EXCEPT twice a day it freezes and reboots. Not sure why. I've tried to reset by receiver, but it still happens. Alot of my recordings will be "partial" because it froze during recording. The receiver never froze at all before hooking up the new HD.

Would it do any good to get a newer receiver? Or is it an issue with the HD? Not sure what to do.

Thanks in advance for the help!!

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 05:18 PM

Disconnect the drive and go back to the internal to see if you get the same rebooting situation. If you do, you know its the DVR, if you don't you know its the external drive...new or not, hard drives do go bad, it could be something just that simple.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 09:30 PM

Well now I've gone from bad to worse in this situation. I went ahead and exchanged the "My DVR Expander" for a WD My Book 1TB eSATA, thinking the first was built more for a Tivo unit instead of a standard DVR. Now my receiver won't recogonize it at all. I've tried rebooting it probably 8 times now, it ignores the external drive and only reads the internal.

I'm pretty frustrated now...any hints on making it work? I guess I might just give up and use the small memory in the internal hard drive..as much as i hate to. dang

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 09:38 PM

My Books are NOT compatible with any of the HD DVR's last I heard....why didnt you just exchange the unit you had for the same thing? I think your other one was just bad.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:18 AM

Well Best Buy was out of the DVR Expanders so I thought I would try a different route, bad idea. The MyBook was never recognized, even after 10 attempts and trying every trick I know.

Which HD have people had the best luck with using the H20-100S receiver? I'm afraid if I get another DVR Expander that it will just freeze and reboot again every day. Keep in mind, I'm a novice at all this stuff.

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:35 AM

Which HD have people had the best luck with using the H20-100S receiver?

Did you mean HR20-100S?

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:55 AM

You'll notice that Seagate only recommends the Showcase models for HRs built by Pace. Your's isn't. Only those HRs that end in 700 are built by Pace. I spent quite a while talking to folks at Seagate this week and you'd be amazed at what they don't know about D* HRs.


You'd be amazed at what DIRECTV does know about Seagate HDDs, though ;)

As for the note about Pace .. it's more about not updating the data sheet than anything else. Audiovox & Samsung models should work fine as well.

Edited by Doug Brott, 27 July 2009 - 08:00 AM.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:59 AM

Well now I've gone from bad to worse in this situation. I went ahead and exchanged the "My DVR Expander" for a WD My Book 1TB eSATA, thinking the first was built more for a Tivo unit instead of a standard DVR. Now my receiver won't recogonize it at all. I've tried rebooting it probably 8 times now, it ignores the external drive and only reads the internal.


My Books are NOT compatible with any of the HD DVR's last I heard....why didnt you just exchange the unit you had for the same thing? I think your other one was just bad.


Also, the My DVR Expander is created specifically for DVRs .. There are reasons why it is recommended.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:15 AM

The FAPs do not work with the 21s, that includes the 22s and 23s. They do work very well with the 20-700s.

Rich


Yep, I've been using a FAP 750 for over a year with my HR20-700 and it works perfectly. As noted, this same drive would not work with my HR21-200.
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