eSATA - Has been enabled, but....

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  1. rsblaski

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    This problem has been identified before. It has been suggested that trimming a little of the plastic/rubber will solve the problem.
     
  2. Rich

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    I got a PM the other day in reply to a question about the jumper cable. I was told that he was using an eSATA to SATA jumper cable. He found this info in the instructions that came with the cable(?).

    Apparently there are some eSATA to eSATA jumper cables and some SATA to eSATA cables out there.

    All mine are the same, eSATA to eSATA. Makes no difference which end you put in where. And there are no markings on my jumper cables or his (purchased from Fry's). Maybe that little piece of soft plastic makes the difference. A lot of people reported that trimming the end of the jumper cable solved their problems.

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  3. CT_Wiebe

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    In my case, I didn't have to trim it. I just reversed the cable. So far I haven't had any other problems with the installation. The WD10EACS in the MX-1 (laying flat) is running very cool and is extremely quiet. I'm going to buy another one for archival purposes.

    That 1TB of HDD is great - even recording both NFL Divisional playoff games (OTA - mpeg2) only used up 3% of the drive space. I was nice, after I found out that I could record an OTA channel at the same time my SO was watching her D* programs. My next step is to get the installer out here to add a third cable from the dish for the Sat2 connection on my HR20-700.

    rich584 -- It should be an eSATA cable with the same connections on each end (the SATA cables are for internal computer connections, only, and won't fit in the eSATA connectors). I got a SATA one, and it didn't fit at either end.
     
  4. gdavisloop

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    Has anyone tried just replacing the internal HR20 hard drive with a new SATA drive? What happens?

    thanks--
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  5. rsblaski

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    There are threads addressing this, but in summary: Install the new drive and then the hr20 formats the new drive and you're in business. However, there are contract issues involved, but it is up to you to decide if you want to deal with that.
     
  6. LlamaLarry

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    Oh, I did not know that. I figured I would have to use an external enclosure to format the new drive and then I could swap it out for internal.

    I just got an email from newegg for a WD 750GB for $150...
     
  7. Rich

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    I didn't see the jumper cable in question. I am relying on what I was told. I just got a Cavalry eSATA today that came with a cable and like all my other cables is marked eSATA on both ends.

    But the eSATA to SATA cable also makes sense because a lot of people have posted that they had to trim one end a tad. I bet all they had to do was reverse it. If I recall correctly, a lot of those cables were bought at BB or CC or Fry's, etc.

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  8. cartrivision

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    That's what I did. I took out the 320GB disk, replaced it with a blank WD 750GB disk, powered back up, and it was good to go.

    I now have the 320BG disk in an external eSATA enclosure, and have hooked it back up to the HR20’s external eSATA port a couple of times to record some things that I wanted to keep for a long time but didn't want to take up space on my primary disk.

    If I ever have to send the HR20 back to DirecTV, I'll take my 750GB disk out, and put the 320GB back into the HR20, and ship it.
     
  9. rahlquist

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    Ok forgive me for being ignorant of the technology of the HR(handt ever thought about hacking it since its leased). Isnt the DVR OS on the internal drive?
     
  10. Lord Vader

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    No, it's on an internal chip.
     
  11. harsh

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    Wouldn't it make more sense to put programs that you want to save on the drive that belongs to you? Then again, if the drive is truly married to the receiver, everything would be lost when you replaced the receiver...
     
  12. HSW

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    My 750 DB35 with Antec enclosue failed me. All was fine for 5 months, then the unit froze up. Rebooted, and all was erased on the external drive. Thought it wasn't seeing the drive, but after numerous rebooting with and w/o the external drive, it's erased (was 40% full). Have set up the drive again, does anyone know if I replace the internal with the 750GB drive, will it get re-formated and lose the programming?
     
  13. Rich

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    So, Your Lordship, what are they saving the 100 MEGs of space for?

    Here's what I don't understand: Why do I need a PC for VOD? These things are computers. Why do I need another computer? I could see running an ethernet wire to a cable modem, but why another whole computer? I begin to see more and more of the Dark Side in this.

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  14. Rich

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    I believe you have a "circular argument" there. Whatever happened to "circular arguments"? I remember getting dialog boxes on my computer about them, but that was awhile ago.

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  15. Rich

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    Ah, a breath of fresh air. Your question is one that I have never seen before. At first I thought "of course". Pondered that for a few minutes and decided that I did not know. I trust you have a 21?

    Rich
     
  16. Lord Vader

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    Showcases, ads, and other DirecTV junk.
     
  17. sailermon

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    No. The HR2x doesn't care whether the drive is external or internal. It just looks for the drive connected externally or internally in that order. If a drive is initially married/formated as eSATA it will not be reformatted if you install it inside the same HR2x.
     
  18. Rich

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    Well that kind of sooks.

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  19. Rich

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    That's where my pondering led me. But, have you actually done it? Logically, it would seem to be the correct opinion, but...

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  20. sailermon

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    I believe I read where someone actually did this on this forum. Try using search to see if you can find the post.
     

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