Dropped a 1.5TB into my HR20...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gdavisloop, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Apr 8, 2009 #1 of 24
    gdavisloop

    gdavisloop Cool Member

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    Just dropped a Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB hard disk into my HR20, and so far everything is good. By rough calculation, it does seem to see the full 1.5TB size. I paid $107 for the drive but people have gotten them even cheaper (or up to about $150).

    I think you could add the same drive externally, but I just keep the top of my HR20 open and put the new drive on top of the built-in drive, using a mailing envelope to separate them for electrical insulation. I've long ago pulled the wires out of the built-in drive and just plug them into my drive right on top.

    Every few months, I fill up my drive so I pull it out and put it on the shelf, and put a new drive in. So far, haven't had any trouble putting an old drive back in temporarily to play something.

    Anyone else take this approach to hard drive management, or used the 1.5TB on the HR2*? How's that working out.

    BTW, I do a similar thing with my old HD-DTV-TiVo. But with the new HD Cable TiVo, when I tried to put a 1.5TB drive in, it turns out you can only use up to 1.2TB (still not bad) without replacing the Kernal. Use WinMFS beta 9.3 (note the .3!) and it will alert you and take care of this automatically. Earlier version of WinMFS will leave you hanging (literally) with a drive larger than 1TB.

    The beautiful thing about the HR2* boxes is you don't need any special formatting before using a new drive. Just drop a blank drive in the box and it works!

    Finally, here's a question for the rest of you: Can you play a drive from an HR2* in another HR2* unit? Or on a computer??

    "Don't need no stinkin' 500GB, I've got 7.5TB of HR20!" (and local OTA too!)

    --Gary
     
  2. Apr 8, 2009 #2 of 24
    davring

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    Unfortunately the the drives are married to the receivers, if your HR ever fails all of your recordings will be useless.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2009 #3 of 24
    hdtvfan0001

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    ....oops there goes another war...ran...ty....:D
     
  4. Apr 8, 2009 #4 of 24
    davring

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    What warranty?...:)
     
  5. Apr 8, 2009 #5 of 24
    hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Exactly...:D
     
  6. Apr 8, 2009 #6 of 24
    gdavisloop

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    Yeah I figured the programs were married to the box.
    Curiously, on DishNet, the programs are married to the account number.
    So, not only can you play them on various boxes around the house, but in theory, future, more advanced receivers will be able to play your old hard drives as long as you keep the same account.
    --Gary
     
  7. Apr 8, 2009 #7 of 24
    gdavisloop

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    VERY IMPORTANT: I forgot to mention, unplug the power cord of the HR2* before switching hard drives! Not to avoid shock to the user, but to avoid potential damage to the hard drive or motherboard!
    --Gary
     
  8. Apr 8, 2009 #8 of 24
    RunnerFL

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    Or just go with an external drive and not void your lease agreement...
     
  9. Apr 8, 2009 #9 of 24
    Stuart Sweet

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    You know I have to say it...

    if you are leasing the box, you're violating your customer agreement, subjecting yourself to penalties, and you're potentially civilly liable. DBSTalk does not condone breaking laws or violating contracts.

    To the original poster, I ask you to declare that this is an owned unit.
     
  10. RCY

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    I thought eSata was not offically supported by D*?
     
  11. gdavisloop

    gdavisloop Cool Member

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    Yes, my HR20 is an owned unit.

    Also, I do not believe the common claim that opening a box will void your warantee, has actually be upheld by any court. Just put the box back the way it was and request warantee service, if you need it!

    --Gary
     
  12. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    It's not, but it works just fine.
     
  13. RCY

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    So why not "officially" support the capability?
     
  14. veryoldschool

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    That "warranty" was only 90 days for that "owned" receiver.
     
  15. dave29

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    Neither is cracking your receiver open.......
     
  16. MIAMI1683

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    I own one of my 4. I wonder if I should try it................:p
     
  17. keenan

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    I've been thinking about it as well, get rid of that umbilical corded external drive box. Probably in a few months once I've watched all I want to see on the current drive setup.
     
  18. RCY

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    I am in no way advocating breaking TOS, etc, etc.

    The point I was making is that eSata is not officially supported by D*. So if you hook up your eSata drive and load it up with programs, and it takes a dump (and for some it has), D* doesn't want to hear about it. You're on your own.
     
  19. Cyrus

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    But the same is true for a replaced internal drive. If you load up the new internal disk with programs and then it takes a dump, you are on your own.
     
  20. RCY

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    True. There is no officially supported method for adding storage to your DVR. Maybe they should consider adding one. ;)
     

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