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#121 OFFLINE   harsh

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 07:53 AM

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

There is no archiving solution that involves DIRECTV DVRs.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:44 AM

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


I go to Amazon and buy a box set of DVDs for season series. Better PQ, better sound. With a good BD player a standard DVD is upscaled to 1080/60p and is noticeably better than 1080i. Be foolish to trust an HR to last long enough to archive programming, altho, my HRs and eSATAs are so trouble free that I'm beginning to wonder about the whole archiving thing. Perhaps in a couple years...

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 10:08 AM

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.


It was likely a bad HDD .. Being that these devices are mechanical, it happens unfortunately.
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:06 AM

My Seagate eSATA 1TB external came today but D* shipped the dvr without b band converters, hopefully I can find some laying around here...............

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:49 AM

Anyone tried the Seagate Showcase drive (http://www.seagate.c...ment/showcase)? Any benefit to getting it, since it's about $80 more than a comparable brand X eSATA 1TB drive?

I ask because it looks like my current external eSATA drive is dying (http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163832).

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:57 AM

Anyone tried the Seagate Showcase drive (http://www.seagate.c...ment/showcase)? Any benefit to getting it, since it's about $80 more than a comparable brand X eSATA 1TB drive?

I ask because it looks like my current external eSATA drive is dying (http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163832).


All I can tell you is that the drives recommended by DIRECTV were not randomly chosen. If you look at the specs you'll notice both the Seagate and WD recommendations mention DVRs .. that's gotta mean something. Brand X is probably geared for computer use rather than DVR use.
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Posted 28 August 2009 - 11:33 AM

Anyone tried the Seagate Showcase drive (http://www.seagate.c...ment/showcase)? Any benefit to getting it, since it's about $80 more than a comparable brand X eSATA 1TB drive?

I ask because it looks like my current external eSATA drive is dying (http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163832).


Best bet is to either stick with one of the specifically recommended recommended models at the beginning of this thread, or go the ANTEC MX-1 route with a suitable WD or Seagate drive installed in it.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 12:03 AM

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....


I purchased a 2TB My Book and was getting ready to install it the following day. Thankfully, I kept on reading the messages in this thread and stumbled upon yours! :)

I never even opened up the box, so I promptly returned it the next day in exchange for the Antec MX-1 and the 2TB WD Caviar Green.

I am now a very happy camper with 2TBs of storage for my HR20-700!! :joy:

Thanks for not only pointing me in the right direction, but also for helping me avoid some misery (had I tried the My Book)!

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:54 AM

I purchased a 2TB My Book and was getting ready to install it the following day. Thankfully, I kept on reading the messages in this thread and stumbled upon yours! :)

I never even opened up the box, so I promptly returned it the next day in exchange for the Antec MX-1 and the 2TB WD Caviar Green.

I am now a very happy camper with 2TBs of storage for my HR20-700!! :joy:

Thanks for not only pointing me in the right direction, but also for helping me avoid some misery (had I tried the My Book)!


Yup. Would have never worked on the 20-700. That includes the whole My Book series.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 01:09 AM

Finally got my Seagate 1TB up and running along side the HR20-700, so far so good.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:35 PM

I have a hr21-700 and I would like to add a 1tb hd to the unit I bought a wd mybook model wd1000his-00. This is a eSATA unit. I unpluged the dtv and turned on the hd and let get up to speed. then turned the dtv on. It saw the hard drive but would not load. Is there any thing that I can do???

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:45 PM

I have a hr21-700 and I would like to add a 1tb hd to the unit I bought a wd mybook model wd1000his-00. This is a eSATA unit. I unpluged the dtv and turned on the hd and let get up to speed. then turned the dtv on. It saw the hard drive but would not load. Is there any thing that I can do???


You did have the eSATA to eSATA jumper cable connected before you powered up the eSATA, right?

The 21-700s are kind of finicky about eSATAs. Some members have reported that the My Book works with their 21-700s.

If all you care about is a 1TB eSATA, I'd suggest the recommended WD eSATA. There's a couple eSATA threads running. The other one has information about other eSATAs that work.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:53 PM

Yes I have a eSATA cable connected to he DTV and WD

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:55 PM

Is there anything special you have to do the the Mybook to make them work??
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:35 PM

Is there anything special you have to do the the Mybook to make them work??

In most cases the solution is to replace it with a known compatible model.

From Western Digital, the recommended model is the My DVR Expander.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:28 AM

Is there anything special you have to do the the Mybook to make them work??
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The MyBook is not one of the drives that works. You need to replace it with something else, preferably one of the ones that is on DIRECTV's recommended list.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 07:21 AM

I could have sworn I said that.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 09:45 AM

OK, I bought a Phantom 1TB drive and it seems to work fine with my HR21-100. But i have a question. I am not sure if this is related to using the external drive or if this is related to the new update, but I have horrible lag time. I push remote buttons and nothing happens, it takes a moment to go from screen to screen. Trick play seems to work ok when I push those buttons.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:17 AM

I could have sworn I said that.


Call me crazy (and why you don't understand this by now I'll never know) but I think it means more coming from a DirecTV Forums Moderator than a Dish subscriber. :shrug:

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:07 PM

Call me crazy (and why you don't understand this by now I'll never know) but I think it means more coming from a DirecTV Forums Moderator than a Dish subscriber. :shrug:

harsh is a DiSH spy, didn't you know that? :lol:
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