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Is my HR20-700 on its last leg?
Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:58 PM
I would imagine that this is an indication that the HDD in my HR20-700 is on its last leg.
1. Would it make more sense to add an eSATA HDD? This would effectively erase everything saved on the internal drive, correct? AND parallel drives (one internal and one external) are not currently supported by D*. OR
2. Call D* and try to get a replacement (I'd probably end up getting an HR22 or later as these are the newer HD DVRs). I'd have to sign up for the Protection Package. I'd also have to get the AM21 OTA tuner for $50 more. OR
3. Obtain a leased HR2x via Amazon (around $199) or other vendor and send back the HR20-700 to D*. I'd again also have to get the AM21 OTA tuner for $50 more.
Ideas or suggestions?
Is it possible to replace the internal HDD? I know these are leased units and since my unit may be near the end of its serviceable life anyway, am I really voiding a warranty by opening it up and replacing the HDD? I've built numerous computers, so replacing a HDD would be very easy for me to do.
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DirecTV Equipment: HR24-200, HR24-100, 5LNB Slimline, AM21, SWiM 8 installed (MRV)
HR-2x Configuration: Native OFF. Units OFF when not in use.
TVs: 2 Panasonic Plasma TV's each using HDMI (one 1080p/one 720p)
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:05 PM
It might make sense, but you have to make sure you have a HDD that will work eSATA, such as a EADS or EVDS from WD. And your problem may not be a HDD problem; it may be a PS problem or even something else. In such a case, an eSATA will probably perform about the same as the internal drive.
...Would it make more sense to add an eSATA HDD? This would effectively erase everything saved on the internal drive, correct? AND parallel drives (one internal and one external) are not currently supported by D*...
This does not erase the internal drive; on bootup, if it sees the eSATA, it opts to mount just that drive. If it does not see the eSATA, it opts to mount just the internal. You can switch back and forth, but it means turning the eSATA enclosure on/off and rebooting. Cabling can stay intact.