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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. spunkyvision

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    WD20000CSRTL - I know is in stock
    WD20EURS - not sure nothing shows up on site if it is or isn't available
     
  2. Rich

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    The EURS drives are made for DVRs.

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  3. Rich

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    Amazon has it on sale at a decent price. Here's a link.

    Rich
     
  4. spunkyvision

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    Thanks Rich. If I can't get the EURS does the WD Green Retail kit one work?
    I can't find the EURS locally.
     
  5. RunnerFL

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    I believe people have posted in the past that their 3TB was formatted to 2TB but those weren't RAID setups so I'm not sure how yours should act. Did you hook it up to a PC first to make sure it is definitely a RAID 1 array?

    The 75- code definitely points to an issue with the enclosure. Here's a list of the codes for future reference.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=167420
     
  6. spunkyvision

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    thanks again RunnerFL and Rich!
    I had the WD 3 TB Red drives for my Synology Diskstation and thought I would try but it looks like a RAID 1 Enclosure with 2 - WD30EFRX (3TB) will not work on an HR24-500

    So, I took out two of my WD20EARS drives from my synology diskstation, put them in to the RAID 1 enclosure and reset the enclosure. Turned on HR24-500 and it formatted it and is now getting Guide Data.

    a while ago someone (probably Rich) mentioned the jumpers on the WD20EARS, is that the case? If for some reason I need to put the jumpers on (4/5??) will that cause a reformat?

    If one (WD20EARS) fails I have 8 others to swap out :)
     
  7. Rich

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    You don't need the jumpers on any HDDs anymore as far as I know. The WD retail kit apparently has EARS drives in them. I've been using EARS and EARX drives for quite a while with no failures (I did have one problem with putting an EARS drive in a TT dock, but I'm not sure if the dock or the EARS drive was at fault. In any case, the EARS was replaced by an EARX and works quite well. (Still don't know if that TT dock was bad, I have several of them laying around and don't know which one it was.)

    We used to have to put the jumpers on the WD drives, but that changed a couple years ago. Right after I bought a bag full of them..... :lol:

    Rich
     
  8. spunkyvision

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    Figure (buying a bunch and not needing them now) :)

    So far so good with raid1 enclosure and drives.
    Thanks all
     
  9. Mar 1, 2013 #2509 of 3467
    alcatholic

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    I've just ordered this exact combination from NewEgg. Well, I didn't get the U3C version of the Rosewill enclosure, just the USB 2 version. Why'd you go with USB 3?

    Thank you!
     
  10. Mar 1, 2013 #2510 of 3467
    RunnerFL

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    The USB version doesn't matter since you're using eSATA.
     
  11. Mar 2, 2013 #2511 of 3467
    tictok

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    To be honest, I don't know. That said, I am guessing that the USB 2 model was not the V2, at the time I made my purchase. When I bought mine I remember there was both a RX-358 and a RX-358 U3C. The U3C supported 3 TB, the other did not. Maybe Rosewill introduced the 3TB support on the USB 3 model first, and later on the USB 2 model (hence the V2 suffix to the model number?). I do know I was careful to pick a model that supported a 3 TB drive. That is what drove my choice, not the USB 3. Looks like you saved $20 with the USB 2 model. Good job!

    Let us know how it works.

    I am happy to report my setup is still running nearly perfectly. I had one more instance where a recording would go black, for a few seconds and then come back (see my earlier post for a more complete description). However, I have also read in other forums, unrelated to external drives, users reporting the exact same behavior. So I am doubtful it has anything to do with external drives in general or my particular setup, given my 99+% success rate. My setup is on my main DVR and occasionally record 3 shows simultaneously (particularly with show times overlapping), while watching a fourth live or previously recorded. It handles the I/O just fine.
     
  12. Mar 2, 2013 #2512 of 3467
    tictok

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    As a side note to my above post - this an example of how careful one needs to be about model numbers/ designations. I know in the past I have made errors when buying after comparison shopping that I did not realize that a model number was slightly different, such as in this case RX-358 vs RX-358 V2 vs RX-358 U3C. Google any one of these 3 model numbers, and any or all 3 will be in the results.

    As the saying goes "Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me! "
     
  13. Mar 3, 2013 #2513 of 3467
    CNI Dawg

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    Does anybody know why my DirecTV HR24 is slow with eSATA 2TB external WD HDD when switching from recorded programs back to normal TV or to guide?
    It has a long pause, 15-20 seconds, before switch is complete.

    Do I have a setup problem I've overlooked?

    Same thing happens with my other HR24 and an eSATA 1TB external HDD in the other TV room

    Both were much faster without the external HDD attached via eSATA interface

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated !

    TIA
    -CNI Dawg
     
  14. Mar 4, 2013 #2514 of 3467
    CCarncross

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    CNI Dawg, You'll need to give more info. Are the drives full, how old are the drives, have you run diagnostics on the drives? Are you using the recommended WD drives? Are you using the recommended drive enclosures? Did the slowdown happen immediately after connecting the externals? Do you have all the settings identical between the internal and external drives, native on, same resolutions, etc..?
     
  15. Mar 4, 2013 #2515 of 3467
    franklin_planner

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    WD 3TB EURS AV-GP with TT dock on HR-34. No problems either.
     
  16. Mar 6, 2013 #2516 of 3467
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    P Smith

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    Rich

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    Rich

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    Yup. Still don't think I'd buy one. Just an opinion.

    Rich
     
  20. deerewright

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    Just wanted to post my successful setup, thanks to recommendations here:

    HR44 Genie
    Sans Digital MobileRAID MR2UT+ with two Western Digital Green WD30EZRX 3TB hard drives.

    I set up the enclosure as RAID 1, plugged-in eSATA, powered on enclosure, then powered on the Genie. The Genie would not recognize the external; it just kept booting to the internal HDD.

    I then attached the MR2UT+ to my windows 7 and initialized the drives with drive manager, and confirmed it was showing 3TB. Afterwards, I reattached to the HR44, and it booted to the external fine. So far so good, running great for a week. I have even confirmed the RAID1 by pulling each drive, booting with other, making changes, and then rebuilding the RAID. Works perfectly!

    The only complaint I have is the noise of the fan on the MR2UT+. It's not really noticeable except at night when the kids are asleep, and house is quiet ;)

    I also wish there were a way to monitor the health/temperature of the drives.
     

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