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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Jun 30, 2009.
Can't find that drive on Amazon. That alone should tell you something. NewEgg's reviews tend to be a bit "rosy". I trust Amazon's reviews and Circuit City's reviews more than them. CC seems to print any reviews it gets, good or bad. The 5400 spindle speed would worry me a bit. I had very bad experiences with Sammy HDDs in many TiVos.
But, if you get it and it doesn't work, you can always send it back and get something that we know works in the 20-700s. The WD EADS 2TB is a good choice.
There's a couple links on this thread for docking stations that do have SATA ports. Make sure you look at all the pictures.
Depends on the HR. You should post that info when asking such a question. Use HR2x-xxx and we'll be able to answer you. Not all eSATAs work with all HRs.
So, I bought a Seagate Barracuda, 7200.11, 1.5 Gig and put in a Antec box.
All went well, it quickly formatted and I had a ton of recording space. I used the Antec ESATA cable, found that was too noisy and installed a new one. (Which caused a re-formatting of the drive and lost Olympics programs :-( )
Now my issues are that it will for no good reason, just re-format the new drive, and of course we lose whatever we had recorded.
My question is: Is this an issue with my HR21-100? or the Seagate drive?
I don't know how many Cavs I've had. Quite a few and none left. They were bought out by another company and the last time I looked, they only had tech support by email. Another thing is that buy.com is not the easiest site to return an HDD to.
I also wonder about that picture in that link. Before they got bought out, I had a long conversation with one of the techs and he firmly recommended putting them in the horizontal position.
Probably the HR. All my Antecs work really well on my 21-700s. Might be a bad enclosure, I just had one and took a hammer to it. Put the HDD inside one of my owned 20-700s and it is working fine. I've never had a disk reformat without me telling it to. Really doubt it is the HDD.
It's an HR21 (not sure of the -xxx, I always forget). I currently have the Fantom green drive 1TB, and the thing reformats about 50% of the time now after reboot of the unit. So I'm totally frustrated as I had a ton of stuff to catch up on that I saved during the Olympics (luckily my other HR21 without the external has those shows too). So, I'm looking for alternatives.
What about Internals and an external case / dock? What's suggested there?
Thanks, how about this setup for my HR20-700?
Thermaltake N0012USU Max 4 Active Cooling 3.5-Inch USB 2.0 eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure
Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD20EADS
I know, I know. It will take a huge failure here to wake me up I guess.
Directv is really missing the ball IMO here. If they said I could have 3 more dvr's tomorrow for nothing more than the $5 each a month, I would do it instead.
The link to the WD HDD is correct. Don't know about the enclosure.
We usually recommend the Antec MX-1 enclosure. And either the Seagate Barracudas with a spindle speed of 7200RPM or a WD EADS HDD. Make sure you buy both from some site such as Amazon where you can easily return defective or incompatible stuff. For a 21, the WD EADS might be your best bet, altho I have never had a problem with a Seagate on my 21-700s.
The docks? Don't know about them, but they sure look interesting.
OK, then could you or someone pick me out an enclosure that would work with this above Hard drive and my HR20-700
Rich just did....
D'oh!, I see that :lol:
Cavalry 2t arrived today.
Ok, refresh my memory, I have #2 hooked up to Cav 1T and #1 still running internal. If I wanted to swap the 1t to #1 and hook up the 2t to #2, will a different dvr reformat the 1t and dump its memory? Or because they are both HR20-700's will it recognize it?
You shouldn't lose any programs or SLs. The SLs will still work, but you won't be able to use the programming even tho it will still show up on your playlist. You can only play recordings on the HR that recorded them.
CCarncross, last October you said:
I'm wondering if you needed to jumper those WD's to run at 1.5Gb/s as mentioned recently by Rich584? Or did they run fine as an eSATA with no jumper (i.e. at 3Gb/s)? Do you have the HR20-700?
I have an HR20-700, and I did jumper them all....
Guys this is real simple: Install it and run it, if you have a 20-700, and you get a little stuttering occasionally, throw a jumper on it and see if it goes away. There is absolutely no advantage to running the drive in 3GB mode, the Antec is only 1.5 capable, and the chipset in the 20-700 is only 1.5 capable. All the streams that an HR can handle at one time cannot max out 1.5GB/s transfer rate.