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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. Jul 19, 2010 #721 of 3467
    CCarncross

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    The recommendations havent changed....An MX-1 enclosure and a WD EVDS model drive....here are links to both products at Newegg.com


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371008&Tpk=mx-1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007603 50001306 600003269&IsNodeId=1

    any of the models that end in EVDS
     
  2. Jul 23, 2010 #722 of 3467
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    I added a Fantom G-Force GF2000EU 2TB hard drive to my HR20-100 receiver about a month ago. So far it has worked flawlessly and the capacity is wonderful. I might have caused myself some problems on initial startup by not waiting long enough before thinking things were not working and restarting the drive and receiver but it did not take too many false starts before things were obviously in-progress and a little patience was rewarded with a fierce blue (blinking) LED, blank Favorites list, recorded programs, recording Series Manager, Active Weather cities list, and QuickTune memories. Out-of-town recording of 50 hours of Tour de France in HD and 60 or so more hours of mixed programs left the drive about 75% available. This enclosure does not have a fan and definately needs a lot of free air available. It also needs a piece of tape over the LED! Picked it up cheap from one of the many large internet retailers who send me lots of special deal offers. In the future I will open the receiver and see if I can unplug the internal HD and avoid repeating the loss of a HR20-700 due to drive failure. Anybody else try this?
     
  3. Jul 24, 2010 #723 of 3467
    Rich

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    Yup, I tried disconnecting the internal drive on one of my owned 20-700s and it doesn't work anymore. There was a time when you could disconnect the internal and it would run off the eSATA. No more, apparently. You have to have the internal drive hooked up. Same goes for the 20-100.

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  4. Jul 24, 2010 #724 of 3467
    Rich

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    I just put a Thermaltake docking station with a 2TB WD EVDS HDD on my 24-500, and it seems to be damn near perfect. The EVDS and the docking station make no noise at all. In a very quiet room, all I can hear is the slight noise of the 24's fan running. The HDD is just warm to the touch.

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  5. Jul 24, 2010 #725 of 3467
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    Has anyone tried connecting an external and letting it format and operate, then physically swapping the external drive with the internal drive. Will the unit then just use the larger drive the same as if it was running via the external sata port? I think this would work without the need for external hardware to increase capacity.
     
  6. Jul 24, 2010 #726 of 3467
    Rich

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    I have six owned 20-700s. Four have 1.5TB HDDs and two have 2TB HDDs all internals. All you have to do with an owned HR is swap HDDs internally. The HR will format the HDD. I that what you meant?

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  7. Jul 24, 2010 #727 of 3467
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    Keep in mind, if you don't own (as opposed to lease) the unit, doing what you are asking about violates your agreement with D*, and may make you liable to pay full price to D* when they get it back. Very, very few units are owned any longer. If you got a new one, there is a 99% chance you are leasing it, no matter whom you bought it from.
     
  8. Jul 24, 2010 #728 of 3467
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    Finally got around to putting the jumper on 5&6, and it still freezes when i try to play anything. It still records. some shows play.

    Any ideas rich? I got that new enclosure also you recommended.
     
  9. Jul 24, 2010 #729 of 3467
    Rich

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    Could you refresh my memory? What HR2x-xxx? And what HDD?

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  10. Jul 24, 2010 #730 of 3467
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  11. Jul 24, 2010 #731 of 3467
    Rich

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    Huh. Should work. I gather you have no other HR to test the external on?

    What kind of enclosure was it? An Antec MX-1 will work with the 21 series HRs. I did have a problem like yours with one of the Antecs that I had.

    That's a great HDD, but sometimes you get a bad one. Out of three EADS I have purchased one was so noisy I had to return it.

    Tell me the enclosure name and whether you have another HR.

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  12. Jul 24, 2010 #732 of 3467
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    I have an acomdata 750gb that has worked without issue for 2 years on a HR21-700. The 21 was replaced with a 24 when the 21 had issues with MVR.

    I have reformatted this drive 4x on my PC via usb cable and I still can't get it to work with the 24.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2540249#post2540249

    Any other suggestions? If not I'll sell the 750gb and get something with a 2tb.
     
  13. Jul 25, 2010 #733 of 3467
    Rich

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    Sounds like it's just not compatible with the 24. Shouldn't have to hook it up to a computer, the 24 would format it. Unfortunately, we've seen many eSATAs that have had compatibility problems with the various HRs.

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  14. Jul 25, 2010 #734 of 3467
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    Thanks Rich! I think you are correct. Needed an excuse to upgrade to a 1.5 to 2gb anyway. :)
     
  15. Jul 25, 2010 #735 of 3467
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    I just put a Thermaltake docking station and a 2TB WD EVDS HDD on my 24-500. Silent and just warm to the touch. Whole setup cost about $180. You can reduce that cost by purchasing a 1.5TB WD EVDS HDD. That would cost around $120.

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  16. Jul 26, 2010 #736 of 3467
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    Thanks again Rich!

    Does newegg have the best prices on that setup?

    Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U?
     
  17. Jul 26, 2010 #737 of 3467
    Rich

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    They do and they also offer a Rosewill docking station that looks like it is identical to the Thermaltake at a much cheaper price. I always buy from Amazon, I pay the yearly charge of $79 for Prime Shipping and I get my items for no shipping charges and in two days. The other thing to remember about Amazon is that they have no restocking fees and if you read NewEgg's return policy...well, it's like reading a book and they charge restocking fees for just about everything. Much easier and cheaper to return non-working or incompatible items to Amazon. Might be a few bucks more initially, but those restocking fees add up quickly.

    Rich
     
  18. Jul 26, 2010 #738 of 3467
    feeth

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    Thanks again Rich!

    I got the Rosewill RX-DUS100 from Newegg as amazon does not carry it. It was $29.99 w free 3 day shipping. Got the WD15EVDS from amazon for $109.99 and free 3-5 day shipping.

    Wife will be happy when they are installed. :)
     
  19. Jul 26, 2010 #739 of 3467
    Rich

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    Always good to keep the boss happy. :)

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  20. Jul 29, 2010 #740 of 3467
    feeth

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    Very true!

    Got the WD15EVDS and Rosewill RX-DUS100 yesterday. Hook them up to the 24 and all is well. I can highly recommend this setup, very quite.

    Thanks again!
     

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