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Empty eSATA box question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Direct-Albert, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Direct-Albert

    Direct-Albert Cool Member

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    I’m about to order a new external enclosure to add to my system taking advantage of the Tenbox closeout very tempting sale but I’m not sure which are the best HDD to use, I asked Tenbox vendor and they told me to use the HDD DirecTV recommends but since there are not bare drives recommended at the DirecTV site, only complete enclosures, I’d like to have some input from other users here.

    Thanks
    Al.
     
  2. matt

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    Western Digital EVDS has my vote. 2TB, WD20EVDS specifically, but smaller may work for you too :D
     
  3. Rich

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    D* doesn't "support" any eSATAs. It "suggests" two eSATA setups that are only 1TB. For about the same price, you can purchase an enclosure and a 2TB WD EVDS HDD. I doubt if you can find a better HDD, at the moment, and I'm pretty sure the TenBox doesn't have them in their enclosures. What the TenBox does have is a ridiculously priced range of eSATAs that they or their vendors will happily sell you. The 2TB version goes for about $700. What do you get for all that? Little more, if anything at all, than the aforementioned enclosure + WD EVDS 2TB HDD.

    We actually had the TenBox guys on the forum for a while, but they bailed out. Too pricey and their guarantee is not much different than that of several high end (but much cheaper) eSATAs.

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  4. matt

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    If you don't have your heart set on TenBox, take a look at Antec MX-1 and Rosewill RX-358, they seem to be popular here.
     
  5. Direct-Albert

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    Thanks to matt1124 and to rich584 for your input.

    I read here about the Antec MX-1 and other cheap single drive enclosures, but those are not for 24/7 continuous use.
    In my work I had problems with computer backup boxes overheating, it would not be safe to leave home with one of those
    connected to my DVR and working nonstop.
    With huge new drives there is no need for RAID boxes, but I like the RAID mirrored setting as it saves my recordings if one
    hard disk fails. Professional high-performance storage boxes as those used in servers are safe too, but they are also noisy
    and expensive, so I think the Tenbox enclosure at only $129 is a good choice now.

    Regards
    Al
     
  6. Rich

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    Where are you getting them at that price and what is the capacity?

    Rich
     
  7. Direct-Albert

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    Rich, I believe its a closeout, the $129 is the full enclosure assembled without HDD, it's at www.tenbox.net
    It is a steal, I guess theyre not making them anymore.I purchased a whole Tenbox a year back and never a problem.

    Regards
    Al
     
  8. The Merg

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    I love the 6 foot eSATA cable for $30. :lol:

    - Merg
     
  9. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    That's not a bad price for as nice as that box is.
     
  10. TomCat

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    If you open up a HR2x, the HDD inside it is typically a WD. That kind of indicates that this is the HDD that they recommend.

    I have had great luck with the EADS models (the EARS models do not work).
     
  11. Rich

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    Every 20-700 I've ever opened up has a Seagate in it. Can't speak about the 21 series. The EADS is a fine HDD, but the EVDS is even quieter. Some Seagates are quiet, some are noisy.

    Rich
     
  12. Rich

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    Thanx for the info.

    Rich
     
  13. Rich

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    Really makes you wonder, doesn't it?

    Rich
     
  14. CCarncross

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    Don't forget that the 20-700's are the original and oldest of the HR series. They might have gotten all their original drives thru Seagate and moved to WD later, say the next model or two after that, possibly due to reliability issues, or price point, etc...
     
  15. phox_mulder

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    My refurbished 20-100 has a WD in it.

    Hooked a 1TB WD in a WD My DVR Expander to it and it's been working great.
    I had bought an Antec MX1 to use, but never hooked the WD to my Tivo, so just used it instead.
    Antec is hooked to the computer for now, might hook it to one of the HR21's though.


    phox
     

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