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

  1. Rich

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    I can't imagine hooking up my 4 HR20s to a computer. I like the Internet, and I don't mind using a computer for a purpose, like writing a post, but I hate working on them. I have been using computers since 1962 and I am just tired of working on them. I guess I just don't see the purpose in networking DVRs. I'd be interested to learn how you use your setup and what the benefits are.

    Anyhow, I wasn't advocating changing HDs as useful, what I meant was simply that I thought it could be done on similar Series 2 TiVos.
     
  2. jeffshoaf

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    I'd like to be able to dump recordings off the HR20 to a computer via the network and restore them to the same (or a replacement) HR20. While I wouldn't mind being able to stream photos and music from my PC to the HR20, that hasn't pushed me to network my HR20, but being able to archive and restore HR20 recordings to free up hard drive space would!
     
  3. jpoet

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    I almost jumped on that deal, until I found this one:

    http://www.techpalooza.com/showproduct.aspx?productid=940792

    Same net price, but no rebate to deal with.


    John
     
  4. Rich

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    How big a HD do you have on the computer? Surely not larger than a 750 eSATA?

    How many DVRs can you use on a computer? I have about 12 running right now. 4 HR20s. Could you hook up four to a computer?

    Swapping eSATAs seems simpler to me.
     
  5. Rich

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    The Seagate CSR I talked to a few weeks ago pronounced it e-sat (as in "I sat down.")-a. Good enough for me. It's actually an "external, serial ATA".
     
  6. rsblaski

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    Thanks,
    that was my inclination, but with the written word, it is impossible to know for sure.
     
  7. jeffshoaf

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    If everything is networked, all DVRs are hooked up to all PCs.

    Most of the recordings I make are for time-shifting; once I've watched it, I delete it, but there are a few things I'd like to keep. It'd be nice to free up the space on the eSATA for more time-shifting.

    I don't see how anyone keeps more than one or two DVRs straight - do you replicate your SL's on every one? If not, how do you keep track of what's recorded on which DVR?

    And if you're swapping eSATA's in and out, how do you make sure your SL's are duplicated? I think if I wanted to do the eSATA hokey-pokey, I'd want small drives so that I could use them almost like DVRs...

    Hmmm... How about another option: Enable the USB ports so that I can dump recordings out to USB sticks? The price on the memory sticks keeps dropping and they take up a lot less room than a DVD or eSATA drive!
     
  8. rsblaski

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    I can only address this part of your post as I haven't found that I need e-sata yet. I have two hr20s in my a/v cabinet. Both are fed to my Denon 4306 via HDMI and from there to my tv, also with HDMI.

    Since on some occasions, I want to record three things as the same time, I have one dvr on which I record NBC, CBS and HBO. On the other dvr, I record FOX, ABC and Showtime. Anything else, like CW, TNT, etc, I just drop on whichever dvr is active and open for the time period of recording.
    This makes it easy to find what I'm looking for (in most cases) but does prevent duplicating recordings, except for very important shows, which I deliberately record on both machines for that secure belt/suspenders feeling, lol.
     
  9. Steve Rhodes

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    Do you mean that you went through 8 or 9 of the Seagate Free Agent Pros before you found one that works well? Were you able to take some many back w/o problems?
     
  10. Steve Rhodes

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    Which 1TB do you have and would you recommend it now?
     
  11. funhouse69

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    The only 1TB Drive that is released so far is the Hitachi

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145167

    But I know that Seagate as well as others have announced theirs, they just haven't started shipping them as of yet.

    As far as I know Hitachi does not have an external eSATA Version as of yet. You would have to get the drive and install it in an enclosure yourself which is very easy to do.
     
  12. Rich

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    You would be better off asking Earl, or Tom or Doug or the Shadow. Good idea though. I don't think D* has any plans for that.
     
  13. jayerndl

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    Sorry if this has already been addressed but, is there anything in the works for the HR20 to enhance the external drive capabilities to be similar to what's available on the Dish 622/722? Namely:

    1. support internal and external drive at the same time

    2. allow to move to and from external and internal drives

    3. connect mutiple external drives at the same time (future Dish capability)

    4. allow external drives to be moved to other DVRs on the same account (future capability)

    I am looking at replacing my HR10-250 and might consider switching to Dish due to the recent external drive support just released. It would be nice to know if Directv was moving in the same direction as Dish with regards to external drive support. Thanks.

    Jay
     
  14. P Smith

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    You got good grip of Dish solutions, but lost important moment - USB working as network but SATA as MONO channel.
     
  15. jayerndl

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    I don't understand what you are trying to say. The Dish PVR doesn't have SATA. It uses USB drives. It is planned to use a USB hub for mutiple drive support.

    Jay
     
  16. P Smith

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    Well, then look where you posting - DirecTV. So, say "eSATA". "No USB". Etc.
     
  17. ddingle

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    I am having trouble getting my HR20 to recognize the Seagate External drive. I have a monoprice esata cable as well. The Seagate lights up when the power is on the HR20. I have tried numerous times and the HR20 remains connected to it's internal drive.
    The process I have used is to turn the pull the plug on the HR20 with the drive not connected and then connect the drive and restart the HR20
    I have also tried resetting the receiver,waiting for the first "Banner" and then unplugging and restarting with the drive connected.
    I am using beta software just downloaded last night.
    Any insights? I am beginning to think something is defective.Thanks
     
  18. Michael D'Angelo

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    You have to unplug the HR20. Then plug the eSATA cable into the eSATA hard drive and then into the HR20. Plug the eSATA hard drive power in and let that start up. Once that is started all the way up plug the power to the HR20 back in.

    Some have had to trim the connection some on the side of the eSATA cable plugging into the HR20. They said some of the cables do not sit right in the connection. I don't have one yet so I am not sure how much you may have to trim if the above directions do not work for you.
     
  19. jayerndl

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    I didn't think it was that difficult of a question. All I want to know is what the future plans are (if any) to enhance the external drive capability of the HR20. Maybe someone else knows and can help without the sarcasm.

    Jay
     
  20. ddingle

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    Still no success. The plug seems to fit fine in both the drive and HR20.
    The light on the Seagate does not come on each time? Not sure what the light indicates. I have not heard many complaints of the combination not working?
    PS:I tried the Seagate on a standard USB connection to my computer and it works fine
     

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