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Esata and existing HDD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sstv, Jul 22, 2007.

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  1. sstv

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    Just made the jump from the R15 to HR20. I have read a lot of posts about esata and I would like to know if any one has disconnected the internal drive and run on esata only. I am aware of the "breaking the seal" voids warranty stuff but I know my around computers and unhooking a HDD is no big deal. There has been many posts about heat problems and shutting down the internal HDD would sure cool off the box plus you would not wearout the existing drive doing nothing.
    OR does esata shut down the internal drive ?
     
  2. PoitNarf

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    I don't know if when connecting an eSATA drive if the HR20 will shut off power to the internal drive. Nevertheless, you should be fine just hooking up the eSATA and forgetting about the internal drive. The heat "issue" seems to be overblown by a few people here. As long as your HR20 info screen reads a temp of around 129 (normal temperature) then you're fine.
     
  3. sstv

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    Thanks for the reply. I know I will be just fine with the esata drive but it bugs me having the internal drive wearing it self out doing nothing
     
  4. hilmar2k

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    Does the internal drive even spin when the esata drive is connected?
     
  5. PoitNarf

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    I'd be surprised if it does. The drive spinning up and down is what causes wear and tear. If it's just receiving power and remaining idle there is no harm in leaving it as is.
     
  6. hilmar2k

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    That's what I figured. No point in removing it.
     
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