Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by russdog, Oct 16, 2008.
CC, thanks for that concise info. I appreciate it.
I've read through this thread and, honeslty, my head hurts! I'm not terribly technical (ok, I'm clueless) but I love my directv. Our hr23-700 has decided to die and a replacement is on the way. Now seems to be the best time to go external.
Can someone please tell me what in need to buy (amazon) to get an external drive going from drive to cables, ups etc. A lot of the info at the top of the thread is pretty old and I'm not really understanding all these model numbers.
Also, will the whole home work if there is an external (i have 5 dvrs)?
I also don't understand the need for the mx-1 if the drive is external.
The mx-1 is an external enclosure that you put the internal hdd into. So you need one of the recommended enclosures and one of the drives. The current hdd recs are the western digital models that end in eads, DVDs, and the replacement for the eads, the eurs. The evds and it's successor the eurs are both av rated drives intended for 24/7 a/v operation, in other words meant for just this scenario. I buy these types of accessories from newegg.com. Whole home works with external or external drives, if the drive works with the dvr, whole home doesn't know the difference.
So, I can't do this without cracking the box?
There is no need to crack the box, just order a drive and an enclosure, put it together shut down your dvr, hook up the external, power up the external and reconnect the power cord to the dvr.
My dvr died, but my external hard drive is not working with the new dvr. Is there anyway to reset the external hard drive to use it on another dvr?
Are you sure the external isnt bad as well? IF everything is working correctly, its just connect it up, plug it in, wait a little bit then power up the dvr, it does the rest.
Shouldn't it erase the old recordings though?
No, if it was previously connected to a similar model(anything in the HR2x series), everything will be on the drive as its already formatted for use. But none of those recordings will be playable when moving from one dvr to another. If I re-use a drive, I just go into the playlist, hit the yellow button and use the mark and delete function and choose mark everything and delete it. That way it erases all the recordings, but retains all my settings and series links so I dont have to redo the the whole thing.
Thanks. Let me check this out. I'll report back when I figure it out.
I purchased 3 Samsung HD103SJ 1TB Hard Drives and installed 2 successfully internally in 2 HR22-100's, however, when I attempt to install the 3rd HD103SJ internally in a HR22-100, I receive the following message, "Your Satellite box is over the temperature limit". Maximum Safe Operating temperature is 140. Cooling Down, Please Wait". It says the current temperature is 147 degrees. It never changes from 147 degrees after attempting to cool it down and rebooting several times. The cover is off and the HD103SJ is stone cold. I also tried to install it in a 2nd HR22-100 with the same results.
Now, when I install the HD103SJ externally, it installs fine. Go figure....
Since I would like to use the HD103SJ internally, does anyone know a work around? The Samsung HD Tools doesn't show that the HD103SJ has any problems nor does it have a way to adjust any heat settings.
Only Samsung could help you, I would try to exchange it.
Never had any luck with Sammy HDDs.
I have perused this FAQ thread and the Working Esata thread. There are almost 100 pages between the two threads and I am not as technical as some of you guys so the posts on the many different combinations and DVR models is confusing to me. I understand that the info is there but I would be grateful for a quick confirmation on what I want to purchase. Also opinions are appreciated on if the price might be cheaper somewhere besides Amazon.
Western Digital AV-GP 2 TB SATA II Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal
Hard Drive - WD20EURS - $99.99
Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station - $33.63
I decided on the Thermaltake instead of the MX-1 because it sounds like it is easier to install the drive in the TT enclosure, is that correct?
My other question is I have a HR20-100 and a HR23-700. I can add the esata to either receiver so would one be better than the other to add the esata or is each receiver equally the same?
Good choice on the drive and docking station. Can't get any easier than the Thermaltak docking station for installing the drive.
I would add the external to the HR20 since it has a smaller internal hard drive.
You could have just asked the question and one of us would have helped you. No real need to torture yourself reading thru all those posts. You made good choices. I'd buy another setup just like the one you bought and put it on both HRs.
It was not torture as I did searches on the two threads and just poked around the search results. I only spent a half hour or so which is why I wanted to confirm what I chose.
The budget allows for only one set up right now which is why I wanted to know if putting it on one DVR over the other would be better. The post above that said to add it to the HR20-100 because of the smaller drive makes sense. Eventually I will add a drive to the other DVR. Thanks for the replies.
NewEgg currently has the WD20EARS for $69.99 and the Thermaltake for $19.99, after rebate. Plus another $10 off if you are a new customer.
Geez. A couple years ago that would have cost well over $300 for that setup. Rather stunning how the prices dropped.
have read through this topic and was interested in the Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB --will this hd work with my dtv install if I DON'T know what box I'll get? Is it safe to assume I'll get the hr24? (they're coming out on labor day to install 2 dvr's) thanks