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external drive for HR24-500

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by playintennis5274, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. playintennis5274

    playintennis5274 New Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    hello.. is a 3tb external drive ok to use w/ the hr24-500? its for my parents. once the external drive is pluged into the dvr, do i just plug in the dvr and turn it on? and if the dvr only uses the external drive, if they want to watch anything on the old one, do they need to unplug the external drive then reboot, or turn it on? No way to transfer the old drives contents to external one? Thanks for your help guys..
  2. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    You can use a 3TB drive but you'll only get 2TB out of it. There's a drive limitation of 2TB on all DirecTV HR units.

    With an external hooked up you can't see what's on the internal. You have to power down and remove the external if you want to watch what's on the internal.
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
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  4. playintennis5274

    playintennis5274 New Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    thanks guys. my parents had an hr10 a while ago that i did the internal swap w/ a drive i bought from weeknees. that was a piece of cake. but since they wont do that w/ this model, & after reading the steps & time taken to swap internals & transfer data, im not sure i wanna do that. thanks for your help
  5. rsblaski

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    Jul 6, 2003
    Southern Nevada
    Check your private messages for info.

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