eSATA FAQ

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  1. hsedsie

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    I have an HR21-100 and it will not recognize an external WD20EZRX in a TT ST0005U. Is there any way to test this setup on another DVR without marrying it to the test DVR?
     
  2. Rich

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    Yup, you can put it on another DVR, that's a good thing to do. The marriage only applies to recordings, the HDDs can be freely swapped from one HR to another, you just won't be able to play the content recorded on the original HR.

    Rich
     
  3. Apr 2, 2015 #583 of 602
    sweetvim

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    HI am a newbie, sorry in advance if I do something wrong. I am trying to add external HDD to my HR24-500. I am not having much success and wondered if you could help me.

    I have two HR24-500 and have tried multiple times to set this up. I am doing the steps in the correct order so wondering if it's the DVR, the enclosure or the HDD that are preventing this from working...???

    WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
    Rosewell RX358 V2 enclosure

    They do not seem to work with the HR24. I am not sure what peice of the puzzle is not working. It won't read the ext. HDD and I have tried rebooting several times over.

    I bought the Rocstor 3TB HDD (G269N2-01) because someone on YouTube got that to work with the HR34, but I have to wait for it to deliver and just wondered if that was going to run into the same problem. Any thoughts on how I should proceed from here?
     
  4. Apr 2, 2015 #584 of 602
    dettxw

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    Did you perform the power-off unplug step of the DVR?
    Then plug in/power on while the external drive is powered.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2015 #585 of 602
    WestDC

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    The HR2x -Will only support a 2TB Drive Max.
     
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  6. Apr 2, 2015 #586 of 602
    sweetvim

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    I tried a 2TB and that didn't work either
     
  7. Apr 2, 2015 #587 of 602
    sweetvim

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    Yes, as noted I did the steps in the correct order. I got both the 2TB and 4TB to work on my HR44 but I do not need to expand that one it is the HR24 that are so small that I want to expand. At a loss, can't seem to get any enclosure or HDD I have here to work. Wasn't sure if htere are certain brands that work and don't, etc. Thanks!
     
  8. Apr 2, 2015 #588 of 602
    WestDC

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    sweetvim

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    Thank you. I will try and find something about the enclosures that worked for others in the previous threads. Much appreciated. The link you gave me on the StarTech I worry about becuase there is no fan and you have to keep the hard drive on at all times so it seems it would quite possibly burn up quicker than others in a enclosure, as well get fairly dusty. If it works for others great, but I prefer the enclosures than the docking stations for a project liek this one. Cheers!

    I reviewed many discussion and found that the one that seemed to work for most; the Antec MX-1 is not available anywhere. The rest are docking stations and again I personally don't like that choice. I found a thread about a Nex-Star so I happen to have a old one in a box, missing the power supply, but I have one anyway. I just ordered the power supply from the manf. and once I get it in a few days I will try that enclosure to see if that fixes the problem. I will let you know. Thanks again
     
  10. Apr 4, 2015 #590 of 602
    Rich

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    Try this docking station. No tools needed, just make sure your HDD is securely inserted into the dock. Don't worry about heat, I've been using the docks for years and have had no heat or dust related problems. Here's a link to the dock that I use. When you first plug in the dock, you'll see a blue power light come on. As the HDD spins up, the light will sparkle with red or pink colors. Once the light turns solid blue, the HDD will have spun up properly and you can plug in the 24-500. I have used the docks on several 24-500s without any problems. But, they are cheap and if they're gonna fail they usually do it pretty quickly. The external device you use is always gonna be the weakest link in the eSATA chain.

    Rich
     
  11. Oct 5, 2015 #591 of 602
    Tubaman-Z

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    Have been using an Antec MX-1 paired with a 2TB WD EUR attached to an HR20 for a couple of years. Drive was getting pretty full, frequently in the low single digits for free space. I went away for the weekend and while I was gone the system failed with a 14-538 error. I've looked around and haven't been able to find much on that error code. I did try all the usual suspects - powering off/on the external drive and DVR in order, removing and re-installing the drive in the enclosure, etc. I also pulled out an old HDD that I had lying around (not real sure what is on it), put it in the Antec and it failed to come up with the same error (was somewhat hopeful that the drive would be formatted by the DVR). My next thought is to try another enclosure. I'm open to other ideas and other experiences with this error. I'd hate to lose the recordings on this drive.

    Thanks.
     
  12. Oct 6, 2015 #592 of 602
    Rich

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    I think you're gonna be disappointed. That code, IIRC, means the HDD is shot. Lots of things you can try, but I really think you're gonna end up needing a new drive. If you've had that EURS for less than 2 years, it's still under warranty. If you have to buy a new one, I'd suggest an EZRX, they're less problematic than the EURS drives. One other thing you don't want to do is fill up the drive, try to keep at least 30% free. I have 9 24s with 2TB drives in them or on them (1) and I try to keep my drives at no more than 60% full. I've never lost an internal HDD. You've already tried another HDD in the enclosure and if that one worked the problem isn't the enclosure.

    Rich
     
  13. Oct 6, 2015 #593 of 602
    Tubaman-Z

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    Ugh - thanks, I kind of figured this was the situation. I just checked and I ordered the drive from Amazon back in April 2013 - so out of warranty. I will try one more thing, running SpinRite on it. I've had reasonable success in the past recovering disks this way. If I can resurrect the drive at least I could copy the content to a new drive as a starting point. Thanks for the pointer to the EZRX drives.
     
  14. Oct 6, 2015 #594 of 602
    P Smith

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    it would be easy and fast by using MHDD from bootable CD
     
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    Rich

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    They (WD) seem to have that warranty time figured out pretty well, to their benefit. I've only had one fail within two years.

    The EZRX drives seem to be one of the better (for DVRs) models in the Green Caviar lineup. I've had no problems with them.

    Rich
     
  16. Tubaman-Z

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    Problem resolved.
    1. It wasn't the hard drive. I bought and installed a new WD20EZRX drive and it failed with the same error.
    2. It wasn't the enclosure or the eSATA cable. I attached the cable, enclosure, and new drive to my HR21-200 and it came up fine, formatted the disk, etc.
    It was the external eSATA port on the HR20-100. While I don't exactly understand how something like that could fail, I had an inspiration while explaining to my wife that we couldn't simply move the "failed" disk to the other DVR because HDD content is keyed to the DVR it was attached to when recorded. Duh - try swapping the external disk into the internal slot/connection. While not exactly a smooth swap (I don't have a T10 screwdriver with THAT long a shank for 2 of the screws) I got the job done, DVR is up and running and all recorded content is still there.
     
  17. P Smith

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    Simple reason (possible) - static dischagred to it.
     
  18. Rich

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    Nasty, cheap DVRs the 20-100s are and always have been.

    I'd finish off the shows on that thing and get a 24. Big difference, even if you get a 24-100 as a replacement.

    Rich
     
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    BTW, nice job of troubleshooting!

    Rich
     
  20. Tubaman-Z

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    Thanks - it was very satisfying when the system came up. Add "Dead external eSATA port" to the list of reasons for a 14-538 code. :)

    The upside to all of this is that I now have an additional 2 TB drive, enclosure, and cable that I will move to my HR21-200.
     

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