I have been a DirecTV customer since 2008, and I bought a Cavalry 1.0 TB external hard drive to expand DVR space, and purchased it back in the latter part of 2009.
I have never had problems with the external hard drive until recently. It has lasted for over 4 years, probably 4.25 years now.
Well, over the past few weeks it has been starting to potentially fail.
On the Cavalry external hard drive, the blue light goes away, and the red light comes on, while the screen picture pauses on my TV.
This essentially freezes the receiver, and no buttons work when this happens. This has happened a few times over the past few weeks, which always freezes up my DirecTV receiver (& the picture on the TV).
Each time this happens, I have to unplug the power cord from the back of the receiver, and then plug it back in, to restart the DirecTV receiver because it was already frozen from any other buttons working.
After that happened a few times over a few week span, recently it would load up saying it couldn't recognize the hard drive (i.e the Cavalry external hard drive).
So I've had to unplug the power cord from the back of the receiver, turn off the switch on my external hard drive, turn back on the switch on my external hard drive, and plug back in the power cord, to reset.
This seemed to work, and I was able to watch TV for two days or so, before having to do this every couple days recently.
Well, just last night, this happened over 4 times in one night. The receiver would reset, the video on the screen was normal for 15 minutes or so, and then it would freeze up again, within minutes after the receiver restarted.
By the way, I have a DirecTV HR21 receiver (I have had it for over 5 years).
I haven't upgraded to a new receiver yet because I have feared that if I hook up my Cavalry external hard drive (of previous backlogged recordings) that it would "re-format" on its own when connected to a brand new receiver.
This means I would lose all previous recordings on my external hard drive, which I've had for a few years (favorite sports games, movies, shows, some series recordings, etc., that I've kept for the past few years).
Recently I purchased a Hauppauge PVR, to transfer my recordings to my computer hard drive, and was hoping that my external hard drive would last at least a few months longer, to be able to transfer everything over to my PC using the PVR.
Then, I can finally upgrade to the new Genie, without losing all my old recordings, since the old recordings would be on my computer hard drive.
Here's the thing, when I reset my DirecTV (HR21) receiver, when it's not connected to my Cavalry external hard drive (i.e. the power switch is turned off on my external hard drive), then the HR21 receiver (which is over 5 years old) seems to work as good as new. It even has some old recordings on the internal hard drive that I had forgotten about (although my old recordings on my Cavalry external hard drive are MUCH more important to me).
So I take it the external hard drive is failing?
(and not my HR21 receiver, which is working flawlessly over the past 24 hours when the external hard drive is turned off. when it's turned on, the pictures lasts 15 minutes tops and then freezes).
Is there any realistic chance I can get the new Genie, hook up my Cavalry external hard drive to the Genie receiver, and all of a sudden I have all my old recordings on the Genie?
Any other options?
And is there any way I can hook up the Cavalry external hard drive to my PC hard drive, and transfer the recordings through USB or something?
I have always had the Cavalry external hard drive hooked up through eSata connection to my DirecTV HR21 receiver, so I haven't tried a USB connection to the PC yet.
Any thoughts or advice (to not lose my previous recordings)?
Edited by BusterAvis, 09 January 2014 - 12:15 AM.