Copying/Cloninng external hard drive used with HR20?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jksellman, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. jksellman

    jksellman Legend

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    My current system:
    2 each HR20,.... with an external 2TB hard drive in a Thermaltake dock connected to one of the HR20s via esata.
    I have been running this system for over 5 years and even though it is not the newest Diretv hardware, I am happy with it.
    I have a lot of content stored on the external 2TB HDD. I am concerned that the 2TB HDD may die at some time, I was planning to make a replacement clone to replace it using an identical 2TB HDD.
    My plan is to use http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/ with 2 Themaltake docks connected via USB to copy from the HDD with the content to the New HDD. My Vaio laptop runs windows 7. I have been told this will work, but I was wondering if anyone has done this procedure successfully.
    Thank you for any information.
    sorry about the typo in the title....not way to correct/edit it....
     
  2. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    Stick to what is known to work. There is a lengthy thread here about copy & cloning


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  3. jksellman

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    Thank you...but the link to the thread on this subject did not work.
     
  4. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    hmmm, I did not post any links. I can't post it myself since I am mobile, but someone will post it shortly


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  5. jksellman

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    I only have a laptop...no esata ports.
    The drive I want to copy is external, so I do not need to take the HR20 apart.
    So....Does anyone know if what I am proposing in my original post will work?
    http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/ is the copying program I was told to use. I know that using USB will be slow.
    Thanks
     
  6. harsh

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  7. TBoneit

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    Hi
    Not to mention that the HR may die and that will take all the recordings with it.

    Good Luck
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  8. jksellman

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    My HR20 should last, considering the internal hard drive is nor being used.
    If the HR20 fails for any other reason, I suspect it could be repaired.....?
     
  9. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    Of course, that depends on what fails. Hard drives can be easily replaced. Power supplies aren't too hard to find. But motherboards aren't so easy. And beside, DirecTV will replaced a defective DVR for $20, so why pay more?
     
  10. jksellman

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    my main goal is the preservation on hundreds of hours of content on my 2TB HDD.
    I do have a spare HR20 (Brand New, never used) for parts...as long as I can retain the part of my current HR20 that provides the handshake that enables me to play the content on the external HDD that is mated to my current HR20.
    I did order the cloning device from Amazon.....
     
  11. dennisj00

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    Unfortunately, the odds are somewhat against you since the power supply is the only thing that could fail and be replaced to retain the programs on the external drive.

    I'd make a list of what's on the drive and filter it down to what can be found elsewhere or not. I recently had a TB drive that failed on a HR44. Don't get too attached to the programs.

    (I've also got 2 HR20s that are still ticking and approaching 8 years old.)
     
  12. jksellman

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    I understand....there is no 100% insurance...
    the most likely failure is the hard drive...hence the plan to make a clone now. I have experienced a hard drive failure before (external) and a savvy DBStalk member helped by extracting the info from the dead HDD to a new HDD...and all was back to normal.
    I currently have the WD 2TB AV/DVR version and it seems very robust and reliable. It is approaching 5 years old...
     
  13. ABrimberry

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    I've used hard drive duplicators that don't require a computer. The latest one I've used is: StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5/3.5in SATA Hard Drive Duplicator Docking Station - HDD / SSD Duplication - Standalone Hard Drive / HDD Clone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G6TG5YE

    Every year or so, I backup and replace the external drives connected to my DTV receivers.
     
  14. x88dually

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    ABrimberry, does that cloner work ? An the cloned drive works with the box again ?
     
  15. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    It should, although you can only copy "clone" to the same size partitions.
     
  16. RunnerFL

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    And the moment he replaces the motherboard he changes the RID and his recordings no longer work.
     
  17. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Just swap the chip near smard card connector and your RID will be transferred too.
     
  18. rtyauch301

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    as far as getting it cloned if you havnt already i just used 2 thermaltake docks and clonezilla its free pretty much did all the steps to replace my internal with a larger one except i dont have linux so i couldnt use gparted used clonezilla with usb docks worked flawlessly
     
  19. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    and you (your DVR) got same old available size on new bigger drive :(
     

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