My HR20-100 failed due to a bad disk-drive (lasted a little over 6 years). I was able to convince DTV that I was worthy of a replacement, and now have an HR21-200. As the HR20-100 is so old, they don't want to waste the shipping costs to have it returned. In the process of activating the replacement receiver, it simultaneously de-activated the HR20-100.
So, the question is, if I were to spend my own $$$ on the HR20-100 to either buy an external eSata drive, or take the time to buy new, then replace the internal drive, would DTV allow me to re-activate it and replace one of my (also ancient) H10 receivers?