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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by StephenJC, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. Apr 6, 2013 #1 of 14
    StephenJC

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    The drives that are labeled DVR Expander are more expensive than those that are not. A 2TB DVR Expander can run over $200, a 2TB eSATA external drive usually costs a lot less. Is there a difference. Are all external eSATA drives created equal.
     
  2. Apr 6, 2013 #2 of 14
    peds48

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    DVR expanders tend to be more robust go handle the DVRs 24/7 operation
     
  3. Apr 6, 2013 #3 of 14
    StephenJC

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    Is a LaCie D2 Quada 2TB up to the task of being a DVR Expander?
     
  4. Apr 6, 2013 #4 of 14
    TomCat

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    That is what the manufacturer will tell you.

    What we know is true is that all HDDs are not created equal, and some do a better job in DVRs than others, and some are more reliable than others.

    But how do we know which is which? And how do we know that the "expander" company line might not be anything more than snake oil?

    The answer to the second question is "We don't". That product is pretty much an unknown quantity with no visible track record. It could be great. It could be crap. Roll the dice, all you who are foolhardy enough.

    The good news is that we do have an answer to the first question, and that lies in the long-running thread right here on this forum regarding what drives work well and what drives don't, based on extensive anecdotal experiences of the folks right here on this forum. They are the pioneers, and have suffered the arrows, so that the settlers can use what they know and inherit the land.

    And the general consensus there is that Western Digital Green drives have the best track record for reliability. The Antec and ThermalTake enclosures have the best track record for enclosures, but that comes with a caveat, which is that the on-off buttons can fail on the ThermalTakes. Of course we never turn the drives off, so just never touch that button, and you are good to go.

    The even-better news is that the ThermalTakes run about $30, and a 2 TB WD Green drive usually runs from about $120 to $160, depending on changing market factors. Check Newegg or Amazon for what will probably be the best current prices.
     
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  5. Apr 7, 2013 #5 of 14
    Rich

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    TomCat just spelled it out for you. I'd follow his instructions. Here are links to the dock and a WD HDD that will work.

    Link to dock.

    Link to HDD.

    Rich
     
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    Rich

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    EARX is only $99 on amazon.com. I have a couple of them and have had no problems. Good post, BTW.

    Rich
     
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    Could you point me to that thread? My Dad has an HR20-100 that he wants to add an external drive to.


    thx

    bob
     
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    See the links on post # 5 on this thread.

    Rich
     
  13. dhammon2

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    I had a 2 ThermalTake enclosures that the power button stopped working but found out after sending one back that it was the power cord not the button that was the problem. The ThermalTake website sells the power cords for $10 but the shipping is over $14 for 1 but only $15 and change for shipping 2.
     
  14. P Smith

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    are you sure it was 'power cord' ? not a power AC-DC adapter ?
     

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