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

  1. Sep 7, 2013 #2681 of 3495
    inkahauts

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    I have some as-yet unresolved issues with my HR24/500s that I'm still hoping turns out to be a bad connector, switch or LNB. In the event that it's DVR related, I'm trying to formulate a literal backup plan - both 500GB have less than 5% available. I remembered bookmarking this thread several months ago. I thought I remembered something along the lines of using an eternal dock to move or copy recordings from the DVR. I looked through the thread for an hour or so last night but didn't see that kind of info. Is my memory faulty or did I just miss it?


    There is an entire other thread dedicated to copying drives for use with the exact same receiver. I suggests using the original post and the original software its easier.


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  2. Sep 7, 2013 #2682 of 3495
    RunnerFL

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    Yes, it is still limited to 2TB.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2013 #2683 of 3495
    RunnerFL

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    But it doesn't.
     
  4. Sep 8, 2013 #2684 of 3495
    Rich

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    Could those issues you're having be caused by your HDDs being full? You could test that by putting an external drive on each of them. I have no issues with my 24-500s, but I use 2TB drives in all of them and they rarely get over the 50% full mark. I do have to flush the Guide data on them more frequently than I do with the 24-100s or my one 24-200. The 24-500s are a good machine when they run properly.

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  5. Bruce M.

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    So I have a strange situation, or at least it runs counter to the orthodoxy on external drives and DTV units as I understood it.

    Have the "standard", or a standard, 3 TB Western Digital drive in a Thermaltek enclosure. Worked fine on my HR34 for 3 or 4 weeks after a recent free upgrade. But that unit was giving me a message that my TV could not accept DTV's 1080p signal, which I knew was wrong, since the prior HR21-100 on that TV passed 1080p, complete with a checked 1080p box in the resolutions sub-menu, just fine.

    After wrestling with three different layers of CSR's, I finally got a tech to the house. He brought a HR44 this time, just now available in the Seattle area. After install, the 1080p issue was resolved.

    But then a weird thing happened. I reconnected the external drive. All my shows remained on the drive, and viewable, even through the new HR44. Although there is another receiver (HR 24-500) in the house with its own internal drive, and I have Whole Home, I am certain that I am reading the external drive, because it has shows on it that are not part of that receiver's programming, because a test recording I made on the 44's internal drive is not showing up on the play list, and because the remaining capacity percentage showing is precisely the same as it was before the receiver swap.

    Is this supposed to happen?
     
  6. inkahauts

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    So I have a strange situation, or at least it runs counter to the orthodoxy on external drives and DTV units as I understood it.

    Have the "standard", or a standard, 3 TB Western Digital drive in a Thermaltek enclosure. Worked fine on my HR34 for 3 or 4 weeks after a recent free upgrade. But that unit was giving me a message that my TV could not accept DTV's 1080p signal, which I knew was wrong, since the prior HR21-100 on that TV passed 1080p, complete with a checked 1080p box in the resolutions sub-menu, just fine.

    After wrestling with three different layers of CSR's, I finally got a tech to the house. He brought a HR44 this time, just now available in the Seattle area. After install, the 1080p issue was resolved.

    But then a weird thing happened. I reconnected the external drive. All my shows remained on the drive, and viewable, even through the new HR44. Although there is another receiver (HR 24-500) in the house with its own internal drive, and I have Whole Home, I am certain that I am reading the external drive, because it has shows on it that are not part of that receiver's programming, because a test recording I made on the 44's internal drive is not showing up on the play list, and because the remaining capacity percentage showing is precisely the same as it was before the receiver swap.

    Is this supposed to happen?


    You will notice you can't actually watch any oft chose shows though. You can only see them in the playlist. And yes that's normal. The nice part is at least you don't have to redo any series links, they will work. The bad is you hit play on the old recordings from the other replace genie and it won't play, you might as well delete them now.


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  7. Oct 1, 2013 #2687 of 3495
    harsh

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    It would be a earth shaking revelation indeed if it turned out that Bruce M. is right about the programs being viewable from another DVR's external drive.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2013 #2688 of 3495
    Mike Bertelson

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    Ok everyone, lets try to stay on the topic of recommended eSATA drives.

    :backtotop

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  9. Oct 1, 2013 #2689 of 3495
    Bruce M.

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    My fault. I randomly tested some of the shows on the list, and each played, but it turns out that I happened to test only shows that had been recorded on the HR24 drive. Damn. Sorry for the bandwidth waste.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2013 #2690 of 3495
    dtparker

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    Any chance we could get a reasonably current list of external enclosures, disk drives, and e-sata cables that are working for people?

    The WD MyBook AV 1TB works great for me, but I want more capacity.

    If such a list exists, then please send me a pointer, and excuse the interruption; I confess to not reading all 135 pages of this thread.

    thanks,
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  11. Oct 2, 2013 #2691 of 3495
    Guitar Hero

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    How can I tell if my HR44-500 is using the external HDD or not? Besides recording movies and calculating how many hours I can store!

    I have a 4TB external HDD.
     
  12. Oct 2, 2013 #2692 of 3495
    CCarncross

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    Always have 1 recording on the internal for reference
     
  13. Oct 2, 2013 #2693 of 3495
    Rich

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    We still recommend the Green WD drives. And the Thermaltake docking stations. You can get both at reasonable prices on Amazon. How's that for simplification?

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  14. Oct 2, 2013 #2694 of 3495
    Rich

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    1 recording that you wouldn't normally record.

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  15. Oct 2, 2013 #2695 of 3495
    CCarncross

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    That too, but having just a single recording on the internal drive would pretty much be a dead giveaway which drive you were on as well.
     
  16. Oct 2, 2013 #2696 of 3495
    inkahauts

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    I just picked up a a red drive 4tb and it's working perfect so far.


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  17. Oct 2, 2013 #2697 of 3495
    Rich

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    I wouldn't be surprised if we hadn't reached the point where just about any good HDD will play with the HRs. I don't remember the last time I heard of an HDD that wouldn't work.

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  18. Oct 3, 2013 #2698 of 3495
    dtparker

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    Great! Thank you!

    On the HR24, aren't we still limited to 2TB though? Why are people installing larger drives?

    Thanks,
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  19. Oct 4, 2013 #2699 of 3495
    CCarncross

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    If you'll notice most of those are people installing larger drives in the HR34/44 models which do not have that limitation. The HR2x models are still limited to 2TB.
     
  20. Oct 4, 2013 #2700 of 3495
    dtparker

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    Ah that makes sense. How large a drive does the Genie support?


     

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