I've been using a FAP 750GB drive with my HR20-700 pretty much since the day the functionality became available (almost 3 years). It has worked great, but I am now getting periodic audio dropouts, picture stuttering, artifacts... I'm guessing I'm at the end of the FAP's useful life.
I know there is no way to copy recordings to be viewed on a different D* box, but can I use some kind of disk copy utility to copy them to a drive to be viewed on the SAME box? Read through this entire thread, didn't see whether anyone had ever tried it.
I've also had an HR20-700 with Seagate FA Pro 750GB for years and it has worked reasonably well with occasional audio problems. About 4 months ago, I replaced it with an Antec MX-1 and Seagate 1.5TB internal. It also had occasional hiccups in the audio and video stutter, but it only happened once an hour or so and was similar to the FAP 750 in performance. Now with the more recent CE's I've tried, the audio/video stutter is almost unbearable. I ran the DTV diagnostics to scan the external disk and it PASSED. I then switched to the internal drive and everything is perfect, so my issue is isolated to the eSata path (interface, cable, enclosure, drive).
I'm thinking it's possible that DTV has pushed the limits of the box with software releases so much that it has a hard time working correctly from an external drive. It got especially bad after this latest national release 0x368. It now stutters the audio every few seconds to once a minute or so and it's unbearable to watch. When I replay the bad areas, half of the time it replays correctly and the other times it repeats the stutter. This indicates to me that the stutter happens when reading or writing to the disk. As expected, It never stutters when watching live TV.
I'm still testing to see if I should replace the Seagate 1.5, the eSata cable, the Antec enclosure, or realize that the newer software just doesn't work well via an eSata connected drive.
Any advice on this? Many thanks.
Edited by tlopes, 28 October 2009 - 10:04 PM.