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How much space is left on your DVR ?

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Poll: Percent % of DVR space left (78 member(s) have cast votes)

How much space do you still have left ?

  1. 85+ (18 votes [23.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.08%

  2. 70+ (12 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

  3. 55+ (16 votes [20.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.51%

  4. 40+ (15 votes [19.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.23%

  5. 25+ (8 votes [10.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.26%

  6. Oops Time to weed out some programing !!! (9 votes [11.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.54%

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#1 OFFLINE   PK6301



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:14 PM

How much space is left on your DVR. How often do you weed out old programs ?

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:17 PM

Once a show is watched it gets deleted. The exceptions are kids shows for which we keep 5 at a time so they have a small selection to choose from in case new ones haven't aired. I also keep a few specials indefinitely (e.g. Firefly 10th Reunion: Brown Coats Unite).


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

On 6 or so dvrs, there's a lot of Keep until I delete. General weekly programs, only one or two episodes to be sure both of us have seen them.

Some other series / replays, maybe 20 or so episodes as a marathon comes around.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

Me: Usually 40-70% free, I watch and delete, very strict and organized Playlist.


Spouse (& Kids): 0% free, everything is last 5 episodes and never deletes anything. No organization or housekeeping ever.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

I try to keep all my HRs at about 50% of capacity or less.  Just a personal preference.



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

I range from a low of 10 to a high of 65 over my four DVRs. You would figure the largest HD would have the most space, but you'll be wrong.The largest space is on my the HR21 with its 350MB HDD.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:37 PM

HR-23 (The DVR we record a lot of weekly series on) has about 30% free


HR-22 (The DVR we record movies - lots of kids movies that we keep - on) has about 20% free


HR-24 (Main/Living room DVR that has my wife's series on it) is about 13% full. 


We have a lot of TV to watch!

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:46 PM

Genie with 90% free.  EVERYTHING that gets watched gets deleted IMMEDIATELY.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:54 PM

85% left on 2 GB external

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:23 PM

I may have a couple units near 80 but for the most part, they are running somewhere in the 60 to 65 area.  

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

Watch and delete.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:49 PM

Delete and do no watch ! :D

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:56 PM

I keep my R22 at about 72% free.  Of course, all of the recordings are SD so I can store a LOT.  I do actually have some shows I've kept that are 4 or 5 years old!!  But most recordings are deleted after being watched.


My R-15's on the other hand have very little stored on them.  One I use to watch the morning news shows on ALL the local stations and that's about it.  It's easy considering the ridiculous number of commercials during these news programs.  The other one is set to record an assortment of daytime programming plus the same prime time shows the R22 records so I can do my own version of "whole home"....without paying extra for it!

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:41 PM

Watch & Delete

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:00 PM

85+, but I do have 2GB drives in mine! :grin:

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:39 PM

I normally do a watch & delete.. But I do have 8-10 programs kept for my 5 yr old.. So right now I have 89% available..

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:37 PM

Any show I watch (and if my wife cares about and she stays awake through the whole show - she gets up earlier than I do), I delete. But there are some shows I don't watch on a regular basis that I keep up to five just to have something to burn to if I'm in the mood. And so, for instance, I always carry five Novas just in case I'm in the mood for some science stuff. And there are some shows - but not many - I'm keeping up to ten for future watching. Orphan Black, for instance, looks interesting but we're too involved with other shows right now to watch it. So, I'll keep them for a while until we find the time to watch them. That keeps me around 50%. If I start to get significantly under 50%, then I start going through the playlist and weeding stuff out.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:24 AM

I run from about 50% free on the HR34-700 (2tb external) to somewhere between 60-80% on the standard DVR's ( most all have 1.5-2 tb externals)

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:46 AM

I keep my DVR above 65%. I bank movies that are not available on DVD or Blu-ray on my DVR. My favorite TV series are programed to record but are deleted after viewing.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:03 AM

I usually try to keep about 60% availibility on my HR-22.  Most of my saved contect are movies that aren't available on DVD in anamorphic format.


I rarely record weekly network shows.  For daily news shows, I'll delete after viewing.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:52 AM

I have 48% free right now on my HR20-700.  I have a 1TB drive and enjoy having the option of keeping multiple seasons of shows on hand and not worrying about watching and deleting movies right away.


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:00 AM

watch and delete...it was down to like 20% on the HR34 during college hockey season but now its at around 90%

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:40 PM

my old set up: R22 with everything recorded in HD had about 12%, room for two baseball games and recorded one half an hour series. i have had that thing full for a long time. my HR22 i would fill it up every free preview and then delete. usually got it down to 25% then back up to 98%.


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