eSATA FAQ

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

  1. MacTexas

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    Just wanted to let you know I sent the dock to Thermaltake and received a new one today. It works perfectly. It was the dock that was bad right out of the box!
     
  2. Rich

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    If you ever get a chance, take a TT apart. You'll quickly understand why they fail. Cheap is cheap, but when they work, they really work well.

    Glad I was wrong... :lol:

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  3. Rich

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    I just noticed this thread is "pinned". I can't help but wonder if russdog is aware of this. He was driven from the forum because he tried to set parameters for the thread. Nice guy, friendly and just wanted to help. Ironic that it's now a pinned thread.

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  4. Folin

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    Agreed. I had the power button go bad on mine. Opened it up and felt any repair was going to be ridiculously hard due to plastics involved. So I used some electrical tape so that it is powered 24/7. Working without issue since early 2010.
     
  5. Rich

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    If I had more leased HRs (I only have two and if they didn't work so well I'd send them back) I'd be more concerned about the quality of the TT docks. But, what can you expect from something that costs ~ $35 and is in constant use? For ease of installation they can't be beat. The on/off switches are, as we all should be aware, problematic. Also, if you have to return one, you get to pay the return shipping! They do pay for the shipping on the replacement.

    Rich
     
  6. tbolt

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    Does this work on HR24s ?
     
  7. peds48

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    Yes, but there is a limit of 2TB
     
  8. Rich

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    Do you mean can you put an eSATA device on your 24? If so, yes. If not, could you clarify the question?

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  9. tbolt

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    Thank you for the reply.

    I have been running 3x TT enclosures with 3x 2TB drives for a couple of years now.
    The HR21 died and was replaced by an HR24.

    A couple of questions:
    1. is there a way to see the capacity (in GB, blocks or whatever) from the Directv menus?
    I want to verify that the eSATA drive is working.
    I'm not sure if it is seeing the eSATA (size) or just the internal receiver HDD (size).

    2. is there a way to force a format on the eSATA drive?
     
  10. Rich

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    1. No way to see any capacity except for the info on the playlist that tells you how much room you have left. What you want to do is record one show on the internal drive that you would not watch in a million years. When you put the external drive on the 24, do it the same way you did it with the other HRs you've been using. If you see that show that you wouldn't watch in million years in the playlist after you install the external drive on the 24, you'll know right away that your external drive is not connected.

    2. The HR will take care of the formatting for the external drive, no need to do anything else.

    Rich
     
  11. tbolt

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    I had a spare drive that I would cycle through the DVRs when there were issues.

    What I learned was - the Series Manager recording settings will follow the eSATA drive
    from DVR to DVR.
     
  12. Rich

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    Can that be correct? I just found a 24-100 (owned) that I had forgotten to put a 2TB drive in and I'm using it as a main receiver now. The Series Links are the same as they were with the original 500GB drive. After I put a 2TB drive in it (not a pleasant job compared to the other 24s) the Series Links came right back up. Or were you thinking of something other than the Series Links? I don't remember having to change any other settings. But I've done this so often that it gets confusing.

    Rich
     
  13. tbolt

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    Yep.

    The Series Links followed the eSATA drive/enclosure to the new Receiver.

    Programs began double recording.
     
  14. Rich

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    Huh. There's so much stuff about all this to remember that it gets confusing. I know my 24-100 is recording the same shows it was recording before I put the 2TB internal into it. How can this be? It doesn't make sense that we're seeing two different things. I don't doubt you, I just don't understand how...

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  15. tbolt

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    Possibly the Receiver saves the Series info into NVRAM in case of a power outage.

    ..and possibly it also writes the Series info to the HDD. But, I'm just guessing..


    Our two setups are different in that I'm attaching an external enclosure and you are replacing the internal HDD.


    To test this for yourself:
    You could record a couple of series on an external eSATA HDD, then move the eSATA to a different receiver
    and then look at the Series Manager
     
  16. Rich

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    I've always thought the SLs followed the HR.

    Rich
     
  17. P Smith

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    You mean HDD?
     
  18. Rich

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    Do you really think I'd make a mistake about that, Pete? Really? What I meant and thought I made clear was that I had found an owned HR that didn't have a 2TB drive in it and the SLs were still on the HR after I installed the bigger drive. At this point in my viewing experience, D* really is an insignificant part of my TV life. So, I haven't been paying that much attention to what's happening with my HRs. But I do know this, the same SLs that were on the HR when it had a 500GB drive in it are now on that HR with the blank 2TB drive I put in it. Clear?

    Rich
     
  19. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I'm reading the forum's posts for many year, and if you're checking (not 100% efficient) my memory's cells .. I recall/tested and knew the SL DB stored on HDD.
    Know nothing for models after HR23 :(.
     
  20. Rich

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    Yeah, my memory's not that good either. The stuff I concentrate on remains clear, but I can't remember having to ever build an SL list when changing HDDs. Not even on the 20-700s. But all I have now, besides my one 20-700, are 24s. I've managed to pretty much wipe out all the Series 2 DVRs from my memory.

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