eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. Rich

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    Thermaltake makes an enclosure that has been used with some success. Here's a link to it. Personally, if you own the HR, I think you'd be better off putting the HDD inside rather than using an external device.

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  2. Bill Broderick

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    This is the enclosure that I'm using for my Genie (3TB drive) and one of my HR24's (2TB drive). I've been very happy with them.
     
  3. rahlquist

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    Thanks, yeah I would much rather go internal strictly from the whole point of having more hardware, power demands, cables for the cat to play with etc.. I cant recall for sure if that receiver is owned stock or not. I guess i will have to check.

    Well fudge, D* shows all of our units as leased, and I know for a fact the HR22-100 was an owned unit as we purchased it when the wife worked at D* there was special paperwork she had to fill out and. The first guy was in a quiet environment. Second guy was definitely in a call center. He sent me to an access card agent (the only ones they say can alter that particular flag). The third guy researched it, was able to pull the info on the contractor my wife worked through. Evidently as long as she was employed through them her purchased unit had an owned flag. Once she quit, they automatically revert back to a leased unit. :bang

    He did point out that our HR20-100 and HR22-100 are no longer recovered units so in the event we deactivated either, all we would have to return would be the access cards.
     
  4. Rich

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    You can deactivate them and then, by purchasing a new access card, reactivate them and they should show up as owned. I think.

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  5. rahlquist

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    Either way, I can safely violate the seal and not have to worry too much. Even though its frowned upon. Lord knows the HR20 surely needs a good cleaning by now being as we have had it for about 7 years.
     
  6. CCarncross

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    The drives will run hotter installed inside in case that may be a concern for some. By switching to external my drives temps dropped 10-15 degrees. After running actively cooled external enclosures and the Thermaltake docks for a few years, the drives last longer running that 10-15 degrees cooler.
     
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    Rich

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    I dunno. All I know for sure is that I have more problems with external HDDs than I do with internal HDDs. I'm down to one external HDD right at the moment and when that one goes it might be the last one. I don't have the technological background to do anything but report what I experience. I know you have that background and I can't argue with that.

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    CCarncross

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    I may have been one of the fortunate ones, but I truthfully have never had an issue with an external drive hooked up to any of my HR's...until the drive started to fail of course. One thing I did was always use one of the several highly recommended drive/enclosure combinations. I never strayed to any of the off brands....and I never used any of the pre-packaged ones like the Calvary's, I ALWAYS bought the drives of my choice and put them in the enclosures of my choice, never skimping because this one or that one was on sale....not that I thought you ever did either Rich, but I read plenty of posts from people that did.
     
  9. May 2, 2014 #2869 of 3597
    Rich

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    But even the external devices that we've recommended have problems. TT is never gonna fix that on/off switch and that kinda sours me on them. Even returning them when they go south is a hassle I don't care to deal with. You actually have to pay the shipping on a return item to them. It's gotten to the point where I don't know what to recommend.

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    CCarncross

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    Since technically we arent supposed to be opening the leased boxes, I'll continue to recommend the externals....some of the less savvy tech people that may have had trouble following the instructions for adding the externals, probably shouldn't be opening the boxes anyway.
     
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    P Smith

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    meaningless recommendation above for use with DVRs :down:
     
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    RunnerFL

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    That info is incorrect. The H82-SU352 requires the port multiplier and the H8R2-SU352 does not because it has built in RAID. Go to the manufacturer's website to get the correct info.

    http://www.mediasonic.ca/product.php?id=1357290608
     
  14. Jun 6, 2014 #2874 of 3597
    P Smith

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    reading Amazon's testimonial I wouldn't take a risk of try it as its behavior is unknown with DVRs and you can't return it (they will exchange )

    adding to that it has no SATA 6.0 Gbps support
     
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    RunnerFL

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    Considering that the eSATA ports on the HR34/44 only run at 3.0 Gbps, they are not "eSATA 6G" ports, I'd say the enclosure would work just fine.

    As for the Amazon testimonials.... You may want to read them. Some were posted in 2012 from people saying they own one. Considering they just came out that's not possible. You can't believe everything you read on Amazon.
     
  16. Chilcoot

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    Thank you Hasan for your detailed writeup of what worked for you.

    I followed your exact advice and now have what appears to be a fantastic 2TB expander for my new HR44.
     
  17. Rich

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    The forum never ceases to amuse me. In another thread Hasan is brushed off as an Internet poster and here he is lauded for his advice. Personally, I thought the brush off was unwarranted. You served yourself well by listening to his advice. Those EURS HDDs are a royal PITA, I've had a couple and had the same problems he did with them.

    Sage advice should never be overlooked.

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  18. hasan

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    Thank you so much Chitcoot! I have gotten a lot of help on these forums over the years and it is always gratifying when a recommendation works out for somebody. I must share the credit, however. I took very sound EXPERIENTIAL advice from Rich quite a few years ago and some since w/r to external drives. Once I figured out what worked well with what, I like to share those experiences to make it easier on others...there are so many blind alleys one might traverse when reading speculation and opinion.When you find someone posting actual experience and carefully detailing the procedures and variables, it can be a great help.

    BTW, I continue to use those 2 TB externals on the HR44-700 and HR24-200 and they are doing just fine. I've really given them a bunch of exercise with the NBA finals, College World Series and World Cup.

    Have fun!
     
  19. Jul 2, 2014 #2879 of 3597
    Sam-SS

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    Hi there, I would like to report that my ThermalTake Max 5G enclosure has been running just
    fine with a WD20EURS 2tb on one of my HR24s for well over a year. The bad news is that the
    EURS just failed and it is out of warranty. Ugh! (I had used the drive in another applacation for some
    time).

    Out of all of the WD 2tb drives offered, is there another model that would be a better choice
    than to replace it with another WD20EURS????

    ...>>Sam
     
  20. Jul 2, 2014 #2880 of 3597
    dazed&confuzed

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    I have a WD AV-GP WD30EURX 3TB Drive that I have been using for over a year with no problems on my HR-44-700
    Also have a 2TB EURS (Can't remember the exact model) that has been going for almost 5 years on a R-22.
    Both are used in Thermaltake BlacX SATA enclosures.
    I figure I should probably think about replacing the 2TB drive with something else while I can still extract the data off it.
     

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