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Boneheaded question about HR34's sata/e-sata connection

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Cobalt, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. west99999

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    I understand it can be sold after the fact (if it is even worth anything depending how long they keep it) but jerryk seems to think he is saving on monthly cost.
     
  2. Rich

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    I guess I'm missing something, there is no delta between a leased or owned HR when it comes down to what they cost monthly.

    I've had the same problems with the external devices on the HRs. The drives are always good, but the device itself fails. And the HRs seem to run better with larger HDDs in them.

    Rich
     
  3. Bartman94

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    Jerry_K...

    1.) Which brand and model number 2TB replacement internal hard drive are you using successfully in your HR34 HD DVR?

    2.) Does the rotational speed of the drive make a significant difference; is 7200rpm noticeably faster than 5400rpm in this application?

    3.) What about the eSata transfer speed; is 6gps noticeably faster than 3gbs in this application?

    4.) How do I open my HR34 and install the new 2TB hard drive without breaking the seals on the casing to ensure I don't void my DirecTV warranty and service agreement?

    I really appreciate any and all of your help!
     
  4. CCarncross

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    1. Posted many times...the best drives are currently the WD AVGP models.
    2. No
    3. No, the onboard chipsets are 1.5Gb/sec, 3 and 6 Gig drives do not improve performance.

    4. You can't. If you don't own it and you open it, you have voided the warranty. At some point you could get hit with a fee to pay full price for tampering with a leased receiver.
     
  5. Davenlr

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    1. Any brand 2TB eSATA should work (I use Seagate Barracuda's)
    2. 7200 RPM run hotter, but might have a slightly faster seek time. Check the specs
    3. 1.5. Dont worry about transfer speed, worry about the size of the cache on the drive
    4. You cant. Use an external enclosure. I use a Vantec on mine. Fantom has worked also.
     
  6. Rich

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    He posted that he's using Seagate HDDs. I just gave away or threw away all my Seagates. They were all Barracuda models and all were very noisy or did not work at all. He might have put Seagate Pipelines in his HRs. They are the HDDs that come in most 24s (or all 24s?).

    I hope his work well forever. Personally I would stick with the WD models. I could have gotten replacements for all the Seagate HDDs that I had and disposed of, but I wouldn't have put them in HRs. Just my personal opinion.

    Rich
     
  7. Davenlr

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    Seagate 2TB 5900 rpm Barracuda. I can put my ear up to the external case, and barely heard it. YMMV. Guess that is why there are more than one manufacturers. No problems with WD either. Use them in my HTPC server.

    Samsung is the only manufacturer who's drive has failed on me.
     
  8. Rich

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    All my 1.5 Cudas were like that when I installed them. Then an NR came along and people started complaining about the Cudas making "seeking" noises. Sounded like an electric typewriter. Mine were silent for a while and I read the posts about the noisy Cudas with a bit of disbelief. Then, one by one, they all started making that noise.

    But those Cudas were 7200RPM units. Perhaps they solved the problem by lowering the spindle speed. Perhaps I should have held on to my Cudas and swapped them out for the Cudas with the slower spindle speed. Lost a lot of money on those Cudas.

    Rich
     
  9. hitokage

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    This isn't exactly true, in Maryland anyway - you don't pay tax on the $6 additional receiver (aka mirroring) fee, but you do on the $6 leased receiver fee. We save a whole 36ยข on each owned box.
     

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