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#101 OFFLINE   newsposter

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:03 AM

thx for the info, makes more sense now.

If anyone is interested, newegg has 10 bucks maximum off drives this weekend code HDDSALE15

I'm still on the fence but it's a bit of incentive nonetheless ;) If i do it i'm definitely using the 'official' drives and not taking any chances thought. But they are $$$.

I do record a few shows mpeg2 SD. I always assumed that used the least amt of space...true? On my hdtivo i knew it was about 8 SD hours to 1 HD hour
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#102 OFFLINE   Movieman

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:32 PM

I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop and as I was setting it up I noticed on the side that it had this eSata connection. I have the HR23-700. Someone else posted on this thread but I didnt see a direct answer. My toshiba has 250HDD. My question is if I connect my laptop through this eSata connection can i (1) play back this content from my laptop when im not connected to the STB (2) this laptop came with DVDRW, can I backup on to disk the content that I record. Only for backup purposes.

Sorry if this was answered but I read each post and didnt really see it. Thanks again.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:13 PM

I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop and as I was setting it up I noticed on the side that it had this eSata connection. I have the HR23-700. Someone else posted on this thread but I didnt see a direct answer. My toshiba has 250HDD. My question is if I connect my laptop through this eSata connection can i (1) play back this content from my laptop when im not connected to the STB (2) this laptop came with DVDRW, can I backup on to disk the content that I record. Only for backup purposes.

Sorry if this was answered but I read each post and didnt really see it. Thanks again.

The eSATA port on your laptop is only there to let you add an eSATA drive to the laptop, it won't let you use the hard drive in the laptop as a recording device for the DVR. You can connect an eSATA drive directly to the DVR and then try plugging that same eSATA drive into the laptop eSATA port, but you will not be able to play content from the drive.

If you do want to watch your recordings on your laptop, though, you should check out DIRECTV2PC - it's software that lets you watch content from your networked DVR. There's a thread on this in the DIRECTV Extras forum, I believe...

EDIT: Here it is: DIRECTV2PC v5514 - Issues & Discussion

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:54 PM

Thanks Drew. Tried that Directv2PC route already and wont work until support for Windows 7 and dual monitors start. Thanks for your post though. Save me a lot of trouble.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 05:30 PM

I just purchased a Seagate WS 110 1TB external drive. I've been trying for the past serveral days to attach it to my Direct TV HD DVR, with no luck. When I go to menu, my play list it still shows 64% available space which is what showed prior to connecting the drive. I followed you instructions. Do I need to format this drive before connecting.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 05:49 PM

I just purchased a Seagate WS 110 1TB external drive. I've been trying for the past serveral days to attach it to my Direct TV HD DVR, with no luck. When I go to menu, my play list it still shows 64% available space which is what showed prior to connecting the drive. I followed you instructions. Do I need to format this drive before connecting.


The DVR formats the drive the first time it was booted with the new drive installed. It seems your DVR is not detecting the eSATA drive.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:53 PM

in my efforts to get the device working I also attached it to my laptop via a usb cable. At which point it booted up just fine. I can see the hard drive and it show 980+ MB. What format does the DVR recognize. FAT32 or NFS? I'm trying to determine if this external drive will work or do I need to take it back before my 14 return policy runs out.
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 07:57 PM

Doug,

Check out my message on page five and let me know if you have any suggestions. I'm a first time user of this site so, I'm not sure how questions are posted.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:00 AM

I'd say you're not connecting the drive correctly. Whether the cable is bad (all too common), the computer interface is bad or you bought a USB drive, there would seem to be something wrong with what you've done. Then again, it is possible that the eSATA port on the receiver is bad.

What is the step-by-step procedure you're using to enable the drive (starting with pulling the power plugs on everything).

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:15 AM

So if the external drive only works with the original HR what if the dvr dies? Any way to extract shows or view using another source?

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 07:42 AM

Any way to extract shows or view using another source?

No.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 07:57 AM

Thanks Drew. Tried that Directv2PC route already and wont work until support for Windows 7 and dual monitors start. Thanks for your post though. Save me a lot of trouble.


Perhaps you missed the notes from July 28 .. Those features are already there.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:01 AM

I just purchased a Seagate WS 110 1TB external drive. I've been trying for the past serveral days to attach it to my Direct TV HD DVR, with no luck. When I go to menu, my play list it still shows 64% available space which is what showed prior to connecting the drive. I followed you instructions. Do I need to format this drive before connecting.


I don't believe this is one of the drives that DIRECTV recommends. Any other selection will simply fall into the category of hit or miss. The drives on the recommended list are there for a reason and are not randomly chosen devices.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:03 AM

I'd say you're not connecting the drive correctly. Whether the cable is bad (all too common), the computer interface is bad or you bought a USB drive, there would seem to be something wrong with what you've done. Then again, it is possible that the eSATA port on the receiver is bad.

What is the step-by-step procedure you're using to enable the drive (starting with pulling the power plugs on everything).


It's entirely possible that everything is being connected correctly and the drive functions the way it is supposed to .. AND .. that it still fails to work properly with the HR2x platform.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:05 AM

So if the external drive only works with the original HR what if the dvr dies? Any way to extract shows or view using another source?


Nope .. This is just the way it is, and why you should never consider your HR2x as a permanent storage solution. There is always the possibility of catastrophic failure, and the more hours of programming you keep, the more you may lose. Fortunately, this failure rate is low, but it does happen.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:48 PM

Nope .. This is just the way it is, and why you should never consider your HR2x as a permanent storage solution. There is always the possibility of catastrophic failure, and the more hours of programming you keep, the more you may lose. Fortunately, this failure rate is low, but it does happen.



Just to be clear I'm talking about the external drive being reused if the dvr it's married to dies, do you lose both? Sorry for the confusion.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 01:19 PM

Just to be clear I'm talking about the external drive being reused if the dvr it's married to dies, do you lose both? Sorry for the confusion.


The external drive can be reused, of course, but the programming will be lost, yes.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 01:41 PM

The external drive can be reused, of course, but the programming will be lost, yes.


What do you use as a permanent storage solution, if there is one.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:30 PM

Perhaps you missed the notes from July 28 .. Those features are already there.


Thanks for pointing that out. I sent off for the key. Thanks for the help.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 04:33 PM

I just wanted to add my comments concerning their recommended list:

I have the HR22-100 and I initially tried the recommended 1 TB Seagate drive. It worked for about a week, then started stuttering or visually glitching (hard to describe). Reboots, utility checks (all of which checked out fine) didn't fix the problem as it would start to stutter again after a few days.

It could have simply been a bad drive (or worse, the HR22-100 just doesn't work very well with the Seagate), either way I decided to try a different one.

Next up, the recommended 1 TB Western Digital. So far, so good. Everything is working fine.

You can see my experiences in the Stuttering Playback thread here, lots of helpful people there.




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