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eSATA capacity questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Rich, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Feb 6, 2009 #481 of 579
    t_h

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    You wont get an icon in windows for a drive that has no partition on it. If you're running XP, go into control panel, administration, disk management (this is all from memory, I havent used XP in a while) and see if you see the drive show up with no partitions.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2009 #482 of 579
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    It does sound like a problem with the Antec or the WD hard drive. You might want to just put your 750FAP on the HR in question and turn it on. You shouldn't lose anything, it shouldn't reformat the FAP, but at least you will know that the HR can handle an eSATA.

    Make sure you use the same eSATA to eSATA jumper cable you have been using with the FAP. Of course you won't be able to play the recordings on the FAP, but you should see them on the Playlist. If that works, shut down and swap eSATA to eSATA cables and see if the Playlist comes up or you get the error message. Might just be a bad jumper cable that came with the Antec enclosure.

    If everything checks out, t_h is your best bet for info.

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  3. Feb 7, 2009 #483 of 579
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    Does sound as if either the Antec or the hard drive is screwed up, but it might be the jumper cable too. Fortunately he has another HR with an eSATA to help him troubleshoot.

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  4. Feb 8, 2009 #484 of 579
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    I have already returned the old drive and ordered a new one. At your suggestion I took a chance and substituted my 750 FAP from the other HR20. It booted up great and I could see everything in the list.

    So I then tried the 750 FAP with the Antec eSata cable. That also worked great. So at least I know the HR20 is capable and the Antec cable is good.

    When the new WD10EADS comes should I just mount it in the Antec and try it or should I do some checking on a PC first. When I tried the Antec assembled drive on my XP and my Vista laptop I didn't even get any indication that the PC's saw the USB.

    I should have remembered that without a partition I wouldn't get an icon.

    I don't have sata on my XP and it wouldn't be very easy on the laptop. Any suggestion to eliminate the Antec as the problem would be appreciated.

    Thanks to everyone for the help.
     
  5. Feb 8, 2009 #485 of 579
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    I kinda doubt the Antec is the problem. Don't recall ever seeing a post where someone has had a bad one. Doesn't mean that you're not the first, but I would suspect the hard drive and I wouldn't do anything to the new one except put it in the Antec and hook the whole thing up to your HR. Seems as if the people that have the most problems are those that hook up a drive to a computer and then try to use it as an eSATA. That drive you are getting is a 3GB/s and not a 1.5GB/s, right? And a 7200RPM, not a slower one?

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  6. Feb 8, 2009 #486 of 579
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    That is correct a 1T.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2009 #487 of 579
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    Please let us know what happens. Be interesting if it is the Antec.

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    So, after filling up one of my 2TB Cavalrys, and doing it quite nicely, I figure I'm set with eSATAs for a while.

    A few days ago, while replacing a non-functioning thermostat in my house, I hear this grinding noise. Sounded for all the world as if glass was being ground up. Then it stopped. Since it was only 10 degrees outside, I figured the thermostat was the most important thing and concentrated on that.

    Finished up and looked around and didn't see or smell smoke, then walked out to my family room and one of three 20-700s had the blue ring on. Figured it must have been a download and turned the other two on. Both rings were off, which is how I leave them normally. The 700 with the ring on was the one I had the 2TB Cav on when I filled it up.

    Figured the grinding noise was the HR. Then I turned the TV on and had a picture and all my stations. Go to the Playlist and only two shows are on it. Obviously the internal drive. Pull the plug and reboot. Still on the internal.

    Go out to the room I had been working in and checked the eSATAs and one was not blinking. Pulled the power supply out and measured the voltage with a Fluke. Dead. So I take the power supply out of the other 2TB and plug it into dead one. Immediately, the grinding noise starts. Quickly unplug, no damage to the power supply.

    So anyhow, the 2TB is dead and buried. Did my filling it up cause this to happen? Probably didn't help. Or just a coincidence? The other one is still going strong.

    Didn't lose and valuable recordings. I think this will be my last Cavalry. Think I'll stick with the Seagates.

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    The replacement hard drive arrived today, mounted it in the MX-1 and it booted right up and worked just fine.

    Thanks to everyone for all the help. Walt
     
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    Troubleshooting by elimination. Best we can do without laying eyes and hands on the equipment.

    Glad everything worked out well. Still haven't read a post about a bad Antec. You would think that a company such as WD would do some testing before shipping. I do remember a lot of failed WD drives on TiVos. But then, in all fairness, I remember a lot of failed drives on TiVos, not just WDs. The way the HRs work seem to cause less hard drive failures than the TiVos did.

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    At least the WD's in the tivo's didnt sound like a coffee can full of marbles, like the original Quantum drives did.
     
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    Actually I did have a couple 20-100s that sounded as if a rattlesnake was living inside them.

    Heard anything from Russdog? Seems to have disappeared.

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    He's watching tv.

    We're using computers connected to other computers to talk about things that record tv and expound on what a ridiculous amount of tv we can actually record, while apparently rarely watching it.
     
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    You buy CHEAP, you get CHEAP!!!
     
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    Sometimes you buy expensive and still get cheap.
     
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    And that is VERY SAD but I have some friends who want to play the "STATUS GAME" and then they come back crying to me and I just say " Sorry, don't want to hear it!".
     
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    So, you haven't really been in touch with him?

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    I have in-laws like that. Can't understand why we have so many TVs and associated equipment. Got sick of explaining and have answered "Because we can" to those questions.

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    There is Nothing Wrong with being Frugal but sometimes it pays to buy a better more expensive product because in the long run it will actually save you money.
     
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    That works most of the time. If you can afford to do that. Not a good philosophy to follow when choosing restaurants.

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