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#1 OFFLINE   daveshouse

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:08 AM

I've noticed since the last update that the hard drive in my HR21-700 seems very loud. It sounds like an old PC hard drive churning away when trying to perform a task. I don't know how else to explain this in any better terms, so this is the best I can do. I have only noticed this in the past few weeks, and have not made any changes to my setup or system, other than to get the new software. Anyone else experiencing this or know what I'm talking about? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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#2 OFFLINE   qprhooligan

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:38 AM

many people are having the same thing with their DVR's. it seems to be a new feature of the current software.

#3 OFFLINE   gunnarliden

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:44 AM

i have noticed this too. I thought i was just hearing things, but maybe not. it isn't that annoying, but is something wrong?

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 12:23 PM

We need to ask DTV to provide access to Top10 program for using by us, customers.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 02:04 PM

I have noticed the same thing on my HR20-700. The hard drive sounds like it is doing a defrag multiple times a day. This only started happening after the latest software update. The amount of noise is very annoying, but I am actually seeing it affect what I am watching.

If the DVR is really cranking away at the hard drive, I have seen the audio drop out as well as the video get extremely choppy at the same time. As soon as the HD stops churning, all goes back to normal.

I have been debating about calling D* and asking for a new DVR.
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 02:12 PM

I have noticed the same thing on my HR20-700. The hard drive sounds like it is doing a defrag multiple times a day. This only started happening after the latest software update. The amount of noise is very annoying, but I am actually seeing it affect what I am watching.

If the DVR is really cranking away at the hard drive, I have seen the audio drop out as well as the video get extremely choppy at the same time. As soon as the HD stops churning, all goes back to normal.

I have been debating about calling D* and asking for a new DVR.


Same here, I thought my DVR is about to bite the dust:nono2:

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 02:47 PM

We need to ask DTV to provide access to Top10 program for using by us, customers.


What? :confused::confused::confused:
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:01 PM

I've noticed this on my HR20-700 as well. I thought my HDD was munching hard candy.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:19 PM

I have noticed the same thing on my HR20-700. The hard drive sounds like it is doing a defrag multiple times a day. This only started happening after the latest software update. The amount of noise is very annoying, but I am actually seeing it affect what I am watching.

If the DVR is really cranking away at the hard drive, I have seen the audio drop out as well as the video get extremely choppy at the same time. As soon as the HD stops churning, all goes back to normal.

I have been debating about calling D* and asking for a new DVR.


I've seen exactly the same behavior on my HR20-700, including the video stutter. Really annoying. And the noise of the head thrashing makes my living room sound a bit like a data center. I'm contacting DTV now via email, I'll post the response.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:20 PM

Add me to this list. Very loud and it has actually woken me up at night (yes - I am a light sleeper).

I, too, thought that this may be a hard drive on its last legs, so to speak.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:57 PM

What? :confused::confused::confused:

I mean top 10 tasks by using this.
[hope you know the DVRs running Linux].

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 05:39 PM

I mean top 10 tasks by using this.
[hope you know the DVRs running Linux].


iostat would be useful too ;)

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:09 PM

I mean top 10 tasks by using this.
[hope you know the DVRs running Linux].


I know it runs a flavor of Linux.

Having access to that will help at best 0.01% of the customer base. It would be a total waste of time and resources.
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#14 ONLINE   P Smith

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:42 PM

Very helpful approach for those "0.01% of the customer base" who're posting here in hope for get help.:rolleyes:
Nothing to waste BTW, Linux already have those commands (top, iostat, etc ) - the point is to get access to it when it need.
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:10 PM

Add me to the list, as well. I was thinking my DVR was dying.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 05:17 AM

Very helpful approach for those "0.01% of the customer base" who're posting here in hope for get help.:rolleyes:
Nothing to waste BTW, Linux already have those commands (top, iostat, etc ) - the point is to get access to it when it need.
[You'll be better with posting having positive attitude - negativity didn't productive]


how is knowing what process is doing what going to help a user since they have no control over it? Are you advocating giving users ability to alter running processes? yeah that would help them....
and for better posting clear and structured language helps the most.
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 05:38 AM

Mine was also noisy, I erased what I could that dropped it from 25% available space to 47% available. No more noise.

We will see what happens when it begins to fill up again?

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:00 AM

I was having this problem aslo, but then I read on another post that putting the DVR in standby makes it run maintenance or something like that. So before I left for work one day, I put it in standby and when I came home, it wasnt making that noise anymore. Something tells me that "maintenence" is a defrag or something similar. You might want to do that also.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:24 AM

I've noticed this also in our bedroom HR21. It does seem to have started with the latest software update. It's VERY noticeable (annoying) when you are trying to go to sleep and you hear something like the hard drive doing a defrag. Like it was mentioned, I cleaned out some old recordings and got to about 60-70% free disk space. It seemed to stop making the noise continuously, but it still does it often now.

I haven't noticed our HR20 in the living room doing this. It may be because we sit further from the TV/receiver and just haven't noticed.
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:33 AM

We put our HR20 in standby for probably 14 hours per day, and keep it at about 50% free, but it is still much noisier than before the update.

Not that it matters, the room is noisy anyway.

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