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adding a ext. hd

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by lartomar2002, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. lartomar2002

    lartomar2002 Legend

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    i want to add a ext. hd to my hr24-500 receiver. what type or brand would you guys recommend? is it easy to do? are there any pitfalls to look out for? is there any special thing i might need to know? i am asking because i have received nothing but good advice from this forum. thanks, larry
     
  2. RunnerFL

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  3. mcbeevee

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    In case you did not already know, the HR24-500 has a 500gb internal hard drive. Since the external drive replaces the internal drive, you will need something larger than 500gb.

    :)
     
  4. oldbamaguy

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    I have four WD20EADSs in Antec MX-1s for about a year. To install the drive in the enclosure it is about 10 screws (total) in and out. All the cables come with the Antec MX-1. The cable that connects the eSATA to the HD-DVR is a bit tight and only goes in one way. That is the only "problem area". Unplug the HD-DVR, then plug in the eSATA and turn it on. Then plug the HD-DVR back in. It will "boot up" and when that is complete you should be using the eSATA. You will have to recreate your "favorites" and your "to do" list.
    I have all of my HD-DVRs and eSATAs on UPS to avoid the "boot up" on brief power outages. I have four APC 550s which will hold the eSATA and the HD-DVR for about two hours. Even on power failures longer than two hours, when the power comes back on and everything "boots up" you should be on the eSATA. I have never had one of my systems go back to the internal drive. If you wanted to go back to the internal drive, I'd say, turn off the eSATA and after "boot up" you should be back on the internal drive.
    The WD20EVDS hasn't been available for a year yet. It is designed for Video applications, the V in the Model number. The WD20EADS has been around over a year.
    Good Luck!!
     
  5. Rich

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    I just put a Thermaltake docking station with a WD EVDS 2TB HDD on my 24-500 and it's perfectly silent. So simple to use, it actually took me longer to unpack the HDD and the docking station than it took to install it. All you have to do (after unpacking) is take the docking station and insert the HDD in it. Don't plug it in.

    Unplug your 24-500 and then plug in the docking station. There is an on/off button on the back of the docking station. Make sure the switch is on and then plug in the 24 and the 24 will boot up, test your new HDD and then format it. Once the boot up process is over, you will have the external setup running.

    Rich
     
  6. MurrayW

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    I have MX-1's on all my other DVR's, but when I got my HR24-500 with the MRV install, I also went with a thermaltake docking station along with a Hitachi 2TB drive.
     
  7. RunnerFL

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    What happens when you try to hotswap the drive in the dock? :lol:
     
  8. TheRatPatrol

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    How important are the RPM's and MB's? What RPM's/MB's do you guys recommend?

    Thanks
     
  9. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    1, 1.5, or 2TB depending on how many programs you archive for later showings (I keep lots of movies for company that comes by). RPM doesnt matter on a DVR. Just stay away from the WB EARS drive, something about its firmware isnt compat with the DVR. EADS and EVDS work. Im using both those. I have a Seagate 700GB on the HR20, and its been working ok for 3 years. Current big Seagates have caused some problems.
     
  10. matt

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    Are Seagates still as loud as they used to be back in the late 90s? That was the last time I bought one :)
     
  11. Rich

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    Well, judging by your smilie, you know and I know. For those of you who don't know, DON'T DO IT!!!

    Rich
     
  12. Rich

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    The RPMs should be 7200 for a Seagate and the WDs apparently vary from 5900 to "I don't know". The cache should be 32MB. I've never seen a post where someone had a 64MB HDD working.

    Rich
     
  13. Rich

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    Crap shoot. Some are loud, some are quiet. Out of all the Seagates I have, only one is annoyingly loud. If it is truly "seeking" something, I wish it would find it and shut up.

    Rich
     
  14. P Smith

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    For the DVR it is not important at all. Internal DVR's SATA controller support only 1.5 Gbps for start.
    5400 PRM is just fine, not telling about 5900, 7200, 10k and 15k :).
    Regular DVR's HDD are using 8 MB cache, increasing it to 16, 32 will not add any benefit to DVR functioning. Perhaps it's good only for your own pace or for Internet proclamations. ;)
     
  15. Jason Whiddon

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    I've got a 1TB My DVR Expander and it's working flawlessly with my HR24. Have always had good luck with WD prefab'd enclosures.
     
  16. Rich

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    Ever notice the lack of comments about the Seagate Showcase? The other "recommended" eSATA?

    Rich
     
  17. Jason Whiddon

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    Now that you mention it. I used the FAP when they first came out, but to be honest, this is my 3rd WD EHD and Ive had such good luck, Im sticking with em.
     
  18. Rich

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    I liked the FAPs, but they were the first of Seagates "passive'' cooling eSATAs that use a special plastic to dissipate the heat and they got too hot to touch. I think that heat retention is what caused so many to fail. They seem to have gotten it right with the Xtremes, which run just warm to the touch.

    But, after my experiences with the WD EADS drives and now the EVDS that I just bought, I'm with WD all the way. Just the lack of chattering is worth buying one, altho I did buy one EADS that was the loudest chatterer that I have ever installed. Sent it right back.

    Rich
     
  19. Jason Whiddon

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    I had one in 2006-7, and the base did get VERY hot.
     
  20. Rich

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    The whole thing gets hot (I'm talking about FAPs). Seagate thought they had the solution to passive enclosures and it just didn't work out when put on a device that runs 24/7. The Xtremes are much cooler. But I've had enough problems with the Xtremes that I wouldn't recommend them for use with a DVR. When mine die, they will not be replaced even tho the Xtremes (and the FAPs) come with a five year replacement warranty. More money down the drain.

    Rich
     

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