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Average shelf life

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by ProfLonghair, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Feb 1, 2011 #1 of 45
    ProfLonghair

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    Does anyone have any idea on the average lifespan of the HR20? I have a 100 and 700. I know that, on a rough average, HDDs last 5 years or so, which makes me think I should replace the HR20-700 that's coming up on that sooner rather than later. The 100 is younger, but I don't want to wait until it dies and I lose all my recordings before replacing
     
  2. Feb 1, 2011 #2 of 45
    LameLefty

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    My HR20-700 is going strong after 4-1/4 years. Conversely, the drive in my HR21-700 died after less than 28 months. Replace them when you start to get program breakups, or just wait until they fail.
     
  3. Feb 1, 2011 #3 of 45
    Stuart Sweet

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    I think that drives of that type... you're lucky if you get more than three years.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2011 #4 of 45
    veryoldschool

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    Please don't tell that to my 4+ year old HR20-700s. :nono:
     
  5. Feb 1, 2011 #5 of 45
    The Merg

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    Same here... My R15 is now at 4 years and the drive I use in my external enclosure for my Wii was originally from my DirecTivo which is at about 7 years now.

    - Merg
     
  6. Feb 1, 2011 #6 of 45
    Stuart Sweet

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    So the two of you are lucky.
     
  7. Feb 1, 2011 #7 of 45
    BattleZone

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    In my experience, DVRs average about a 5 year lifespan.
     
  8. Feb 1, 2011 #8 of 45
    BakeBarry

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    I have had an HR20-700 since March 2006 (IIRC) and it is still chugging along.
     
  9. Feb 1, 2011 #9 of 45
    ycebar

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    I just had to replace my hr20-100 yesterday after almost 5 years because the hdd was starting to fail
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    The HR20-700 first came out in Aug '06
    The HR20-100 first came out in spring '07
     
  11. bpratt

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    My HR10-250 was purchased in November 2004. I added a WeakNees additional 300 G drive. The original 250 G and the added 300 G are still going strong after 6+ years.
     
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    Yup, that is living on borrowed time....if you have shows that you actually care about, you should be planning to migrate the data to new drives...
     
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    At least three of us are lucky. My HR20-700 is almost four years old. I had a lot of audio dropouts, especially on recordings, late last year, but they seem to have disappeared in January.
     
  14. futurerebeldr

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    I've always heard the H/HR20's were built a lot better than the H/HR21's and up until the H/HR24 series. I had an HR21-100 and HR21-200 that lasted about 3 years before they started giving me all kinds of problems (audio/HDD failure).
     
  15. Stuart Sweet

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    I think that's funny, when the HR21s came out, they were widely regarded as better built than the HR20s. More likely, the supply of bad HR20s has long since faded, leaving the good ones to soldier on.
     
  16. Groundhog45

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    My HR21 died after about a year with hard drive problems but I still have 3 old HR20s working. I am starting to get a little worried about them failing and leaving some programs unwatched. Oh well.
     
  17. futurerebeldr

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    As a guy that deals with computers for a living, it amazes me with the quality of hard drives put out these days that anything using one lasts more than a year. Think about how many read/write cycles the hard drives in dvr's go through over the course of one year.
     
  18. Drucifer

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    Since I gone MRV, the HRs that got seldom used are now getting work like my main one. And it's one of these that's now showing signs of fatigue. All my HRs are over three years. I'm watching stored shows on the fatigue as often as possible, but we all know in this mystery world of electronic, that it will be the fatigue one that breaks last.
     
  19. spaul

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    I,still have my 1st dvr working from install 9/06 .Which now gets more use in MRV set up since June being able to view things on my other two H boxes in my system.The dvr seems fine and don,t really archive to much so,will just wait for it to go or if I possibly get a deal first but, I do have the protection package anyway which it would be replaced if failed and needed service call won,t cost me .
     
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    In replacing HD (owned dvr disclaimer here) what's the thought on the 'Eco' or 'Green' HDs? Do these have a place in the DVR world?
     

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