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Disk removal/replacement on the HR20-100 -- Detailed instructions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by cartrivision, Sep 2, 2007.

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  1. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    It is not a hijack. Before a person takes these risks, we owe it to them to make sure they understand the risks.

    We also owe it to them to let them know that for about $20 more they do not have to take those risks. If they do get caught saving the $20, DIRECTV claims they will owe up to $1000. Is $20 worth the risks? The person should make their own decision.

    It is dangerous to not tell users to unplug the HR20 before they tear it down.

    - Craig
    EE UoI
  2. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    You need to check your post count against Craig's. He is spot on on what he says.
  3. Volman

    Volman Godfather

    Jul 13, 2007
    (+1 for craig's post)

    So this post of yours in "on topic" where a post giving a great price for an External sata drive(the alternative to dangerously opening the box the way you described it),is construed not to be on topic.

    And your posts on how to cheat D* regarding the voided warrantee are on topic?

    This thread is informative and has not turned into a mess!!!

    Back on topic:I'd still like to know if anyone has removed/powered down the internal drive.
  4. HolyRoses

    HolyRoses Mentor

    Aug 11, 2007
    Crazy how cheap that freeagent 750gb external is.

    That is real cheap.

  5. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    You are wrong. Talking about the risks and alternatives to internal disk replacement is one thing, but turning the thread into a discussion about where to get a good price on external drives, and unfounded speculation about how D* MAY enforce their waranty policy IS OT and has turned this thread into a hijacked OT mess. Since there seems to be little interest in staying on topic, I'm about done with the subject.
  6. cal87

    cal87 AllStar

    Sep 6, 2006
    Well, I have an owned HR20-100, so I might be interested. Too hard to find a place for an eSATA drive in my rack. So what are good options for internal drives?
  7. NKy.Yall

    NKy.Yall Legend

    Apr 8, 2004
    N. Kentucky
    I apolgize for asking a eSATA Rookie question,but how do you hook up the external hardrive. Is there an " How to do " somewhere listed as far as what goes where etc. Like on the eSATA Box or the HR-20 manual.I know this is newbie sounding ? but this is all French 2me,so far anyway.
  8. dminches

    dminches Godfather

    Oct 1, 2006
  9. NKy.Yall

    NKy.Yall Legend

    Apr 8, 2004
    N. Kentucky
    That will work !!!!!!!!! :) Thanks...........
  10. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    I disagree. For someone that wanders over here and the first thing they read is instructions to put a new drive in their HR20 without any disclaimer that 1) it voids the warranty, and 2) there are other options is reckless.

    Non members visits this site by the thousands and it is just best to provide the disclaimers, which you didn't. So other members jumped in and did it for you.
  11. jedster

    jedster Legend

    Sep 19, 2006
    Samsung 501LJ will be the quietest, but it's only 500GB. As for the bigger drives, given my personal hatred of noise of any sort from my equipment, steer clear of Seagate drives and I've also heard the big WD drives are noisy. I've heard good things about Hitachi tho.
  12. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    Once again: Don't recommend this on leased boxes...
    But if you are swaping the drive (especialy on a -700) here is another cheap upgrade: swap out the stock fan for one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999615
    I have 2 HR20-700's stacked and the stock one runs 127 in 95 degree cabnet and the modified one runs 107-109..
    Just make sure the fan blows away from the harddrive.. (little sensor away from drive).. power comes from harddrive connector..
  13. toucansma

    toucansma New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Welcome fellow DBSers, this is my first post. While looking for information on hard drive upgrades, came across this thread (I have viewed DBSTalk for many years, just had no reason to post). It's pretty amusing reading through it, since it went totally off topic as suggested (and of course I am continuing on it).

    First I would like to thank cartrivision for the instructions. It will definitely be helpful!

    Second I like the post count quote. Haha. I understand being an active member posting a lot will give credibility. However come on, people on discussion boards get too a little too nuts over certain things, like post count. So if I sit here and post everyday that DirecTV is not a company, but a Space Alien in disguise, it makes my opinion more worthwhile? I appreciate what you guys are saying, but be a little more open minded please :)

    Third, many of you are wrong about the implications regarding unplugging the unit. Much as with computers, keeping a power cord in it, acts as a ground. The power cord disaster theory, is a bit of an urban legend. No one in this post talks about the dangers of failing to have a ground. Granted someone may get hurt from the power, but just as likely to get hurt from the other things.

    Finally, DirecTV will not take the time to deal with customers who change out their hard drives. It would be so prohibitive they would lose sight of everything else (ex important stuff, like people stealing their service). People modify or change more stuff on a daily basis without realizing it. Additionally just cause they put a term in their contract saying not to tamper, does not necessarily make it binding. Much like other leases or rental properties, people have a right to use it as a real owner would, as long as they are not committing waste (which I don't see how a hard drive upgrade would be).

    All in all a good and informative post. Relax people, you have your bases covered :)
  14. OverThereTooMuch

    OverThereTooMuch Almost a new member

    Aug 18, 2006
    edit - never mind.
  15. itzme

    itzme Hall Of Fame

    Jan 17, 2008
    While we're hacking, and we have the cover off, where is the button that turns on our DLB? ;)
  16. Bergthold

    Bergthold AllStar

    May 30, 2007
    I was tempted to swap out my drive... but way too easy to just plug an eSata driving in the back so that's what I did.
  17. johnck78

    johnck78 Godfather

    Feb 18, 2007
    I know that they are not "CSIs" over there, but someone has to take the damn thing out of the box when you send it back. I think it is very naive to think that they do not do some sort of QC on returned units. With that thinking, why don't I see if my DVR works under water, if it fails I'll get it swapped out "They will never know":lol:
  18. Yellowbeard

    Yellowbeard Cool Member

    May 4, 2008
    So, can someone tell me how to replace the HDD in a 700?

    I think my drive is bad.
  19. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

    Oct 20, 2006
    Welcome to DBSTalk

    What is the problem you are having with your unit?

    I am not sure of the steps to replace the internal drive but if you do open the unit to replace it you will void your lease agreement with DIRECTV and could be charged the full amount for the unit.

    Another option for you could be to add an external eSATA drive if the drive is really bad or have DIRECTV send you a replacement unit. If you have the protection plan there is no charge and no new contract. If you don't have the protection plan you would have to pay $20 for shipping and agree to a new 2 year contract.
  20. Yellowbeard

    Yellowbeard Cool Member

    May 4, 2008
    (Repost from another thread)

    I've been having some problems with my HR20 for a while:

    frequent short freezing during live broadcasting
    major problems viewing recorded content with similar freezing/pixellization issues
    problems with the remote and guide functions

    That is, I was having these problems until last night, when my HR20 ceased to function entirely. I rebooted several times, but it won't go past the first "downloading information from the satellite" screen.

    Anyone else having this problem?

    I am also suddenly getting a lot of HDD noise, so maybe that's what's wrong.

    The box is owned, not leased, so I am screwed in terms of service. Has anyone had any luck replacing the HDD in these? If so, do I have to get information off of the old HDD for that to work or can I just replace it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I own the box - got it on ebay. So there is no warranty issue.

    I wanted an HR20 b/c Dtv can't seem to get the AM21 out and they don't do HD Locals in my area.
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