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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by russdog, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. RaceTripper

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    I hooked it up to my Mac and did a surface scan to verify it had bad sectors, but I certainly didn't use Seagate's DOS-based test software.
     
  2. Rich

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    Did Seagate ask you if you had run diagnostics? Any error codes required?

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  3. RaceTripper

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    When you fill out a RMA request form, there is a code you enter that basically states, "I didn't run the Seagate diagnostics, but I know for a fact my drive is bad."

    I use a Mac, so I can't run Seagate's low-level, DOS-based software. I can only run something under virtualized Win XP/Win 7. I used a Mac program (Tech Tool Pro) to run a surface scan. I stopped after about 5% completion when it already found about 4% bad sectors, way more than enough to claim defect.
     
  4. Rich

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    Thanx for all the info. Appreciate it. Now I gotta figure out whether I just throw the HDD out or get a replacement. I've had so many Seagates chattering at levels that I can't stand that I'm willing to switch them out for WD EVDS drives. Don't know what I'd do with the Seagate replacement. I guess I could sell it. When I installed all those Seagates they were as quiet as the EVDS drives. Now, all but two chatter constantly.

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  5. RaceTripper

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    My replacement is a refurb. I just attached it to my Time Capsule and am using it as an informal shared network drive.

    I replaced both my FAP750s with Antec MX-1 drives. One has a WD 1 TB Caviar Black in the bedroom. It requires additional felt feet because it chatters so much. The other in my office has a Seagate 1.5 TB Barracuda. The living room is the oldest now with a 1 TB WD Green in a MX-1. I'm planning to replace that with a 2 TB Caviar Black, but at the same time I replace the HR21 with a HR24.
     
  6. Rich

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    You might consider the 2TB WD EVDS. It's made for DVRs, I've got three, two external and one internal and they all run quietly and well. Might cost a little more but probably worth the money.

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  7. RaceTripper

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    OK. Thanks for the heads up. It's actually a bit cheaper than the Caviar Black.
     
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    The EVDS I just hooked up externally has completely quieted the 20-700 that was making so much noise. Amazing how quiet they are. I think I just have one more Seagate HDD that is making noise. Gonna get another EVDS next month and replace the Seagate that is chattering, or seeking. Seeking what? The one that's making that seeking noise is right above my head and it's really annoying. Works well, damn shame.

    I always wondered about the Caviar Black HDDs. Happen to know what they are meant for specifically?

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    From WD's Product page: Maximum performance for power computing.

    Were you gonna get a 2TB Black? Those have 64MB caches. That cache size has caused problems on the WD EARS HDDs. Only know of one member who has gotten one of them to work with an HR.

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  10. P Smith

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    It's not a cache issue, but 4KB physical sector size.
     
  11. RaceTripper

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    I'm glad the learn the Caviar Black 2TB are dicey with the HRs. I'll stick with what's known to work then. I put the WD EVDS in my Amazon wish list.
     
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    I'm constantly in hotels for work...in the original post I read that you can't just hook up a dvr expander to a laptop. I hate commercials and was hoping to just take a dvr and hook it up to a laptop or hotel tv, but now I'm reading that maybe that might not work bc it only works with the original dvr?

    Any advice/help is much appreciated. I'm not trying to burn dvd's or modify copyrights or do anything illegal, just trying to not watch commercials when I'm on the road.
     
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    mdavej

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    You need a slingbox.
     
  14. Sep 4, 2010 #274 of 602
    dminches

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    If I want to recover all the space on an external drive that I am moving from one DVR to another should I delete all the recordings before I move it or is there a quicker way to do this?
     
  15. Sep 4, 2010 #275 of 602
    P Smith

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    Using Windows ? Connect to PC the disk and delete first partition, or all.


    Don't waste your time for REFORMAT it.
     
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    RaceTripper

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    Nothing on the drive will be usable on the DVR you move the drive to. It'll just be reformatted anyway, assuming you are moving from one D* DVR to another D* DVR.
     
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    DogLover

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    Actually, it's possible that the Series Links and recordings will still be there. The series links will continue to be usable and record. The recordings will not be viewable and should just be deleted. (I believe that some people have indicated that recordings from AM21s are actually playable.)
     
  18. Sep 4, 2010 #278 of 602
    dminches

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    You guys have given 2 different answers. Does the new DVR reformat the drive? If the series links are still there I would doubt that the drive was reformatted. I know the old recordings are not recoverable. I don't want them taking up space when it is attached to a different DVR.
     
  19. Sep 4, 2010 #279 of 602
    Rich

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    No.

    You can't really reformat the drive as you could with a computer drive. The easiest way to do what you want to do is to go to the Playlist then the Yellow button for Options and click on "Mark programs to delete" then go to "Mark All" and then to Continue and then to Delete Marked. That will delete all the programs on the drive. You then put the drive on another HR and your Series Links should show up and be usable.

    Rich
     
  20. Sep 4, 2010 #280 of 602
    dminches

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    Thanks Rich.
     

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