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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

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

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I have 6 mx-1, and they are all working great and have been since day one, the first of which was about three years ago, I want to say.
     
  2. P Smith

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    Big climatic difference.
     
  3. mocarob

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    You guys are way too hi-tech.
    I just connect a sata cable to the bare drive and enjoy..
     
  4. Jason Whiddon

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    :lol:
     
  5. bobsupra

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    I've been thru the posts and talked to Direct, but want to confirm with the real experts. I moved to Direct from Dish a few months ago. With Dish, I had an Ext Hard Drive that I could access without shutting down the internal HD. With Dish, I could move data from the internal to external HD. From what I can tell, with Direct, the internal HD is disabled (but spins) when the EHD is connected. If the EHD is connected and I want to see something on the Internal HD, I have to reach back, disconnect the EHD and reboot the DVR. Does that kind of sum it up?

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  6. inkahauts

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    Yes.

    From a technical standpoint, it's not even supported, but lots of people use it and it works very well as long as you are using compatible hard drives and enclosures.
     
  7. Jason Whiddon

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    Yepp, even your series links are held on each drive :)
     
  8. Rich

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    Stick a 2TB drive externally on your HR and you'll soon forget about that pathetically small internal drive.

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  9. Jason Whiddon

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    Thats right.

    Ive got my 2TB EARX now, and the TT BlacX arrives today. Just need the HR34 :).

    The TT Duet BlacX I use via USB with my Oppo is a great thing.
     
  10. bobsupra

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    I hear you Rich and the others who chimed in...but here is the issue. Yea, the 500 megs HD in the DVR is very small, but there are recordings on there which have not been seen or need to be saved. The person who sits next to me on the coach is not going to be happy with me having to plug and unplug the EHD and reboot to watch something on the internal HD (we're about 50 shows behind). If I could move the data to the EHD, then we're golden. One of the few times I have found Dish to have a better product.
     
  11. Jason Whiddon

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    I agree with that for sure. With Directv, you need to add it when you first get the darn DVR, or hurry and find a empty window, which is almost impossible for me.

    That is why after the guy leaves Friday, ill set all this up before I set or record one thing.
     
  12. Rich

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    Don't leave us hanging, tell us about it. I might break down and buy another OPPO (haven't had much luck with them in the past) if there's something it can do that my Sammy BD players can't. Please?

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  13. Rich

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    You could just watch those shows and not record anything to the small internal. Then you'd end up with an empty internal and you'd probably be satisfied with the 2TB. I don't understand how Dish can let their subs do that and D* can't.

    But. And this is a big But. I would like to see the eSATA function remain unsupported and if that condition is gonna be affected by allowing our HRs to do the same thing as Dish's DVRs do, then I'd be against it.

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  14. Jason Whiddon

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    Dual 1TB drives I had lying around. I turn my movies into ISO's and store them on the drives. The Oppo plays the movie off a HDD, and its no different that watching the actual blu-ray, very cool. 1TB can hold roughly 22 blu's, and the Oppo can recognize up to a 2TB drive. So, you could do two 2TB drives and have around 90 full quality blu's at all times. I love it, built like a tank, everything it does it does perfectly, reference PQ and what streaming it does have looks great. The Marvell chip does wonders and Netflix HD streaming looks awesome, as well as Vudu.
     
  15. Rich

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    Don't forget to record one program that you'd normally never watch on the 34's internal. That way, you'll be able to tell if the HR has recognized the external HDD.

    But you're using a TT docking station, and that will tell you if the 34 has recognized the external HDD. The blue Power light will "sparkle pinkly" on one side as soon as the external is recognized. Another plus for the TT docking stations.

    Another plus is: You don't have to worry about whether the HR has recognized the external after an NR. I've never had one fail to do that. None of the other external devices I've had did that as well as the TTs do.

    Rich
     
  16. Jason Whiddon

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    Sounds great. I love the activity lights on the Duet when I transfer files or play them back. The My DVR Expander, and newer version the My Book AV have always worked flawlessly for me with Directv, I just dont get WD not having a 2TB version by now.
     
  17. Rich

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    So you record the BDs from a computer? My Sammys have USB ports on them. Wonder if what you're doing is possible with the Sammys? Just curious, kinda doubt I'd ever do it. The upscaling on NetFlix streaming content looks the same on my Sammys as upscaling a standard DVD does, if not better. OPPO do as well?

    Rich
     
  18. Jason Whiddon

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    For the dual drives to work, you have to have USB connected to the Oppo. I have a second 16ft USB cable I connect in to it and run to my laptop. Throw a new blu into the drive, rip to iso directly on one of the two drives, the reconnect the Oppo, takes about 45 minutes. A few players can play ISO images, I know panny's can. Most blu's are 40-48 gigs.

    The Oppo will use the marvell and output Nflix at 1080p, and it really does look good (I have a 6mbps DSL connection)
     
  19. Rich

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    Give them a call and ask for Tech Support. That should give you some insight as to why they do some of the strange things they do.... :lol:

    Rich
     
  20. Jason Whiddon

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    No crap. I kinda wish Directv would have taken the TiVo route with external storage. Use both drives and combine the capacity.
     

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