2TB - where and what to get

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  1. Steve Rhodes

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    After the CSR offered me a free HR20, I decided to go the route of attaching a 2TB (or less desirably a 1.5TB) eSata drive. I figured Fry's would stock this but they don't. So, where is the best place on-line to get it and what would you recommend to get? We've had good experience with our 750GB Free Agent Pro we got about 2 years ago. Thanks!
     
  2. MountainMan10

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    Antec MX-1. Western digital green drive. Prices change almost daily. Google it.
     
  3. Steve Rhodes

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    I see a Western Digital 2TB (WDH2Q20000N 2TB My Book Studio Edition II) on Amazon -- a place I trust -- that ships directly from them with free shipping. Any thoughts on this drive?
     
  4. PokerJoker

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    That WD is a 2-drive array, i.e. it has 2, 1TB drives in it that look like one big one to the outside world.

    I have no idea if it works on the HR20. In theory it should. You set it as a RAID 0.

    WD also has a one-drive 2TB external HD, the WDH1CS20000N Mybook Home, at about the same price, with free shipping, from Newegg (also a very reputable vendor). In theory this is somewhat more reliable than a two drive setup, and is certainly smaller, quieter, and uses less power.

    Personally I would get the Antec MX-1 enclosure, and a single WD 2TB bare drive, and put them together. Of course, I build my own computers and like doing that stuff.

    Keith
     
  5. CCarncross

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    My Books I believe are reported to not work with the D* DVR's...buy the Antec MX-1 and a 2TB SATA drive...
     
  6. dave29

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    My books are problematic like you said. I would also go for an Antec mx-1 and a WD GD, but I would go for a 1.5 tb since the 2 tb is still at a premium price.
     
  7. Rich

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    I was one of the first to report that the My Book eSATAs didn't work with a 20-700. That was the only model I had at the time. That was when the FAQ thread on eSATAs was being written. What I failed to do was try one on a 21. I have seen several posts by folks that have them working on 21s.

    Still, I think they are a bit iffy. And those RAID WDs come set to mirror 1TB, so in effect, they are only a 1TB eSATA. I've never gotten a RAID setup to work with a 21. They do work on my 20-700s, I have one right now and the other one I had committed HDDicide. :lol: Sounded like it was grinding glass and blew it's power supply before I could get to it and pull the plug.

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    BB is still selling them for $299. Haven't looked at websites for a while. Last weekend, you could pick up a 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda drive for $109 at Fry's. Add a $35 Antec MX-1 and that's about half the price of a WD 2TB drive.

    I did nearly fill up a 2TB and three 1.5TBs and one 1TB this past TV season. Used them to back each other up. Thought at first I could get away with a bunch of 1TB drives and am happy I went for the larger drives.

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  9. rajeshh

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    you should look into getting the hauppauge pvr 1212 that can record the shows to a PC. I have done that to offload about a few 100 gigs off my DVR. So you still get these drives...just put them in a PC instead.

    Dell usually has them on sale with their coupons once a month for approx. $175.

    p.s: I have a PS3, and run the pvr1212 records to the ac3 format thats ps3 native...so I can easily stream the video to the PS3 without any transcoding.
     
  10. Steve

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    Thanks to a tip from dave29, I ordered two 1.5 TB Seagates for $100 each from Dell the other night. Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet (my PC or HR's), but I thought the price was too good to pass up. :) /steve
     
  11. dave29

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    I went to order them this morning, and the deal was over. I missed out on my own tip.:lol:
     
  12. Rich

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    "Somebody" giveth and "somebody" taketh away. :lol:

    Fry's had them for $109 yesterday.

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  13. Rich

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    Unfortunately, not that "geeked up". I kinda let the technology pass me by.

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  14. Richierich

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    Internal is the only way to go if you don't mind voiding your 90 day warranty.
     
  15. Rich

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    But very complicated and the OP has stated in a previous thread that he is not a DIY (I do dislike acronyms, but...) type. Can you imagine taking a 20-700 apart if you were "mechanically challenged"? And then trying to explain what happened to their 20-700 to D*? :lol:

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  16. Richierich

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    I guess you are right but after I had bought my HR20-700 from a guy who was getting out of the business I figured what the heck and it wasn't really that difficult and I am not the best at these things but I am really glad I did.
     
  17. Rich

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    I wasn't disagreeing with you. I just got an "owned" 20-700 a month or so ago and I put a 1.5 internal in it. Man, that thing flies. But, it's really a two man job just to get it back together. I had thought that it couldn't be harder than a TiVo, but it sure was. Not something I would suggest a non-DIY guy try. Easier to go the Antec route. My 20-700 goes so quickly thru the guide that I got lost the other day. :lol:

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  18. Richierich

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    It is amazing how some DVRs respond so much quicker than others and according to the software that you are running.
     
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    I've got four 20-700s in the same room and there is a tremendous difference in speed. Of course, the other 20-700s have large eSATAs on them that are nearly full, so I haven't really been able to compare speeds. Does make you wonder if the eSATA function bogs the HRs down a bit. I know a full eSATA of any size will bog an HR down, but the one with the internal seems so very, very fast.

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    I personally feel that the eSATA Process does indeed BOG DOWN the process a bit to make a difference which is one of the reasons I went Internal as well as being simpler in alot of ways.
     

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