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Best External Hard Drives for HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by ShawnL25, May 24, 2007.

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  1. djanis3

    djanis3 Cool Member

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    Yeah, that is the one.

    Here is the coupon (10% for everyone 12% with free rewards zone membership)

    images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US/en_US/images/external/emailpdf/052207_mem_day_coupons.pdf
     
  2. pjo1966

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    Buy.com has a 1TB Fantom drive for $269.95 including rebates with free shipping.
     
  3. lman

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    This drive appears to only have USB connection. Don't you need esata connection for the HR20.
     
  4. pjo1966

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    Good catch. I missed that. Sorry.
     
  5. pjo1966

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    I picked up one of these today. There were a lot of 500 and 300 GB drives on the shelves, but only a few of these. Just a note, it only comes with a USB cable, so you need to pick up an eSATA cable.
     
  6. HofstraJet

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    I got one as well - 12% off with the coupon listed above - great deal!
     
  7. pjo1966

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    Now all I have to do is get an HR20 and I'll be all set.
     
  8. elixir26

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    You have the good fortune to only have to set up your favorites once. I still have programing on my internal dive that I don't want to delete but have to go through a shut down to access.

    Please keep us posted on how your start up goes.

    Cheers,
     
  9. Zamps

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    So what exactly do you have to do to set up an external hard drive? Is all I need is a esata cable and I'm ready to roll? I definitely could use some more hard drive space.
     
  10. pjo1966

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    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=66201
     
  11. romwarrior88

    romwarrior88 Mentor

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    Does BestBuy sell eSATA cables??
     
  12. likegadgets

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    I first purchased an eSata type I cable from monoprice.com, but I was having problems because the cable connector was short and would not stay in place on the FreeAgent drive. I bought an eStata type II from PC Connection and this one works perfectly and stays connected well on both the HR20 and the FreeAgent 750GB.

    I wish I could turn off the orange light on the Drive as the unit is on the bedroom.

    BTW - do not overpay for the cable - some retailers ask close to $25 - Online they are under $6.00
     
  13. Norad

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    I also just swiped-up the Freeagent from Best Buy, on sale last weekend. I discovered Best Buy does not carry any Sata or eSata cables yet, so, as I was looking forward to recording tonight's Star Wars marathon on HBO, I put in a rush order for a cable from cyberguys.com. It came yesterday, I hooked up my drive, and it's working great.

    Here's a link to the cable:
    http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/searchdetail.asp?productID=14623
    (They also have a 3ft long version)

    I noticed other retailers had sold out of theirs, and heard this brand fits the Freeagent well, and so far, like I said, it's working great. (knock on wood)

    --Daron
     
  14. mrhoads

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    Check date on cupon. It ended in May.
     
  15. mrhoads

    mrhoads DBSTalk Club Member

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    No, be carefull. They sold me a cable but as it turned out it was not eSATA
     
  16. jeff125va

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    Anyone know of an enclosure for two drives for the setup you're describing?
     
  17. Diana C

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    the problem is not the drive, it is the AV storage volume. The AV is stored in one large partition on the hard drive. To merge the two drives, the software has to be able to manage two storage partitions. The ability to do this was built into the TiVo software becasue when they started out hard drives were so expensive they used two small drives instead of one larger one to save money. If they were doing it from scratch today, they'd likely do what the HR20 does and just use one partition, period.

    The problem I see with enabling two drive support down the road is what happens to your existing recordings? If all of a sudden the software wants to merge volumes you may end up losing all the recordings on your large external drive.
     
  18. elixir26

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    AMS DS-2340SES eSATA VENUS T4S External Enclosure is one for 200 bucks. I really haven't done any extensive research yet. I'm only half full on my 750gb at this point..:)
     
  19. dcpoppy

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    I'm leaning towards the ONNTO DataWhale RSM2TS. Interesting name, but it has 2 drive capacity, and supports onboard RAID 0, RAID 1 if I'm feeling paranoid, and JBOD if I find a bargain.

    I can't post URLs yet, but if you search for "RMS2TS" you'll get two hits for a site selling it, and 2 sites that appear to be MFR sites that don't work. That bit is a little disconcerting.

    Anyone tried one of these?
     
  20. dcpoppy

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    Ok, a search for o'tostore turns up a lot more on these. Looks like a company in Taiwan that acutally does have a reasonably full enclosure product line.
     
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