eSATA - Has been enabled, but....

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Earl Bonovich, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Try this thread http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=164482, and we have another one older then this.
     
  2. AstroDad

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    I think the main problem with this solution is that you are voiding any warranty on the box and there could be a problem getting a replacement from DirecTV if they catch it.
     
  3. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

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    Yes, it is fairly easy if you have ever worked on a PC but there can be complications on certain models but I did it in less than 30 minutes but I do OWN the unit and I have never ever had the Slowness that eSATA drives experience as they get to around 90% capacity used.

    Just be aware that you will VOID your warranty and keep the original drive so you can replace it if you have to send the unit back because at some point in the future it dies.
     
  4. cartrivision

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    The warranty is really meaningless... besides the fact that it expires after 90 days, leased boxes that stop working are replaced by DirecTV for free (with the customer paying for shipping if they don't have the protection plan) regardless of whether or not the warranty is still in effect.

    I suspect that if DirecTV wanted to make a concerted effort to determine if a customer had ever replaced their internal drive, they could, but all evidence suggests that they aren't doing that, and it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense for them to start doing that because doing so would only alienate their high end customers who are spending their own money to make DirecTV's product more valuable to them, which helps keep them as a happy and continuing customer.
     
  5. Richierich

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    I have stated the very same thing in posts dating back more than a year ago. Why alienate their BEST Customers when they have failed to provide a better avenue for us to buy Upgraded DVRs with large drives on them.

    I was the First to buy and install a 2 TB Drive in my OWNED HR23-700 which cost me an arm and a leg but it was worth it in my humble opinion as I record lots of Football and Golf and Food Channel stuff that I don't get to watch as soon as I would like.
     
  6. Feb 1, 2010 #2826 of 2831
    fropones

    fropones New Member

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    I'm sure this was already answered, but if I use an external hard drive and then I unplug it and reboot the receiver will it go back to the internal drive with all the old recordings?
     
  7. Feb 1, 2010 #2827 of 2831
    gdavisloop

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    Yes, you can use several external hard drives, as well as the internal drive.
    I recommend you unplug the power of the receiver before changing drives, although some people just switch off the power on the external drive and then reboot through the menu (to get back to the internal drive).

    Keep in mind that each drive has its own "to do" list for recording, ie, you must separately set up the list of shows you want recorded on each disk.

    Also, it takes considerable time to reboot - more than 10 mins - so swapping disks is not all that fun.

    --Gary
     
  8. Dec 4, 2012 #2828 of 2831
    RussBarr

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    I received firmware 62c at 3:38am December 4. My HR20/700 receiver never rebooted. Front panel was dark buttons did nothing. Reset started the Boot but it never made it to Self Test it just kept rebooting over and over. I have a LIANLI EX-20 RAID box connected with one 2TB drive. It was working fine in 5d2 version. I disconnected the RAID box and the receiver restarted OK. Reconnecting RAID that uses Silicon Image SIL5744 RAID controller resulted in the failed boot. Removing the 2TB drive and connecting it directly to the external ESADA connector resulted in a successful reboot but the drive needed to be reformatted since it was no longer under the SteelvVine storage Processor control resulting in the loss of all recorded movies. It looks to me like the LINUX version that was used to build firmware version 62c is not compatible with SIL5744 Storage Processor.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2012 #2829 of 2831
    Lord Vader

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    Just out of curiosity, if you forced a download via 02468, would it re-download 062c, or would it download the most recent national release? If the latter, maybe this would help you to regain your recordings (unless, of course, they were wiped out).
     
  10. Dec 4, 2012 #2830 of 2831
    RussBarr

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    According to DirecTV there is no way to revert to an older Firmware or for that mater to opt out of a new release. Since I reformatted my hard drive the File allocation tables are wiped clean and the data is lost even though the actual data is there until it is recorded over. Trying to rebuild the allocation tables would require working with the drive offline with tools to modify the holly places on the drive. Not something you would want to try unless your life depended on it.
     
  11. Dec 4, 2012 #2831 of 2831
    RussBarr

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    If I had knew of the problem I could have connected the RAID box to a LINUX system and done a image copy to a bare drive and then used the bare drive in the 62c firmware box. Even though the files are encrypted to a specific receiver the image copy would just copy all the data without knowing what it was and the new stand alone drive would have all the files the original RAID box had. Maybe the next person with this issue (if any) would know how to recover there files.
     

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