DirecTV hard drive

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  1. Mar 1, 2021 #1 of 26
    Bob Z.

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    I have discontinued my DirecTV service. They don't want my HR44-700 and told me to just recycle it. I have pulled out the hard rive. Can it be read/re-formatted, and/or used as a regular hard drive?
     
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    b4pjoe

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    Yes it can.
     
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    P Smith

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    Sure.

    But! I would check its health before reusing - get GsmartControl program for that, pull SMART data [text form] and post it here - we will dissect it
     
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    Rich

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    Think of how old that HDD is. Think of the low prices of HDDs these days, like this Seagate 2TB drive: https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barr...keywords=2tb+hard+drive&qid=1614713321&sr=8-3
    Why use an old HDD when you can have of these?

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    P Smith

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    it depend on its working hours and number of errors on the drive; could be good enough for next five years inside PC
     
  6. Claude A Greiner

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    I tend to agree. Especially in the case of an HR24 your talking about a drive which is 10 years old.

    I am only putting solid state drives in my computers these days


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  7. Rich

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    I have SSDs on all my HRs. No more HDDs. I think if you get 3 or 4 years out of an HDD without problems, you've done well. Every replacement I've received in the last few years has had a problematic HDD in it; the HDDs don't last long in DVRs. They don't "fail"; they keep running no matter how degraded they are.

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  8. studechip

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    I've never had a hard drive failure in a dvr. YMMV
     
  9. codespy

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    DirecTV sent me a free HR24-500 for my PP upgrade last June. It would only run about 5 days and lock up- had to RBR every time. 2 months later I replaced the hard drive and never had a problem since.

    So yes, they will even send out recovered DVR’s with faulty drives to customers.
     
  10. WestDC

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    Perhaps the reason they do that is because --They no longer make New equipment --ya think?
     
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  11. codespy

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    Everyone knows that, but when the date stamp on a HDD is 10 years old, they could easily toss a new 500G drive in it before shipping it out. It would save another round of calls, headaches and returns thru the CSR’s.

    Unless of course they have no one qualified there to do the task.
     
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  12. WestDC

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    As if they could care
     
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  13. codespy

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    Everyone knows that too.
     
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    It may be folly to assume that suitable new drives are readily available.
     
  15. Claude A Greiner

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    Put an 8Tb In an HR44 yesterday. Works great!

    What’s the largest in an HR24?


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  16. WestDC

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    2TB
     
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  17. codespy

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    Like WestDC said a 2TB is the max. I would strongly suggest not using a 2 TB HDD, but a SSD to keep things speedy. I just picked up another WD Blue 1TB SSD last week from BB- they had a sale for around $90 with free shipping. Every DirecTV DVR except for the 54 series gets bogged down with HDD’s (IMHO), especially when you increase the size compared to the stock drives they were shipped with.
     
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  18. Rich

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    I am not thrilled with my new 54. That thing is as batty as a 24-500.

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    Describe batty. I've had my HR54-200 since 2015. Free space on hard drive never went below 70%. It's received dozens of CE software as well as national release software and has been a rock solid performer.
     
  20. WestDC

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    I also have had a HR54-200 since 2015 and it's rock solid

    TRY a Search on CLEARMYBOX and see if that clears batty
     
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