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External hard drive on 722

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by Bogey62, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Bogey62

    Bogey62 Godfather

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    I looked on the Tech Portal for information on connecting an external hard drive and they only mention a minimum size of 50 GBs. What is the maximum size that a 722 can recognize?

    I'm thinking of just buying an external enclosure with its own PSU and putting a Western Digital drive inside.

    Is there anything technical that I need to know before purchasing? I know it has to be a single drive. 7,200 RPM, I assume, will be fast enough. Any Cache size recommendations or other details to do with the drive itself?

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    Actually 5400RPM will do just fine; the drive inside your 722 is a 5400RPM.

    As long as it's a single drive (or a single LUN) then you'll be in the clear with aything that connects over USB2.
     
  3. bnborg

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    Two terrabytes is the limit.

    But I would recomment smaller drives. There is quite a delay opening "My Media" on a two TB drive.
     
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Last time it was 1.5 TB with 1.4 TB usable. Is there new evidence of 2 TB acceptance ? If you using it, please post partition's info.

    Never mind, found your post here: http://www.dbstalk.com/showpost.php?p=2452318&postcount=376.
    Could you post what Linux fdisk reporting about that extension partition ? I feel there are subparttitions by 500 GB max each. Somehow dish developers stuck with the limit of each partition.
     
  5. bnborg

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    Ext2Fsd on Windows did not report anything about the extended partition and showed it as RAW.

    I looked at the first sector of it with dskprobe, and it was an additional partition table similar to what DOS/Windows would do.
     
  6. Bogey62

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    Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll just stick to a 1 TB drive for now. I appreciate the help.
     
  7. Bogey62

    Bogey62 Godfather

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    OK, here's what I did...

    Bought a Rosewill RX358 external enclosure that includes a cooling fan. Bought a Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Black hard drive to put inside.

    It's all fired up and running fine right now.

    I can turn the drive on and off via the power button on the external case. Do you guys leave your external drives running 24/7?

    Disappointments right off the bat:

    Can't record directly to the external drive.

    Can't create folders on the external drive.
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Absolutely not. Only if need.
     
  9. Ray_Schwarz

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    Try setting folders on in the DVR menu - the external drive will follow whatever you have the DVR set for.
     
  10. Jim5506

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    On the 612/622/722/722k this feature is an archiving feature, copy from the internal drive and playback from external.
     
  11. Bogey62

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    "Setting folders on"?

    I see no such menu option. I have created folders on the 722's internal hard drive, but I see no way to name a folder on the external drive, i.e., "Bill", "Sally", etc.
     
  12. Bogey62

    Bogey62 Godfather

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    I just discovered that I can record to the external drive via a timer.
     
  13. Bogey62

    Bogey62 Godfather

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    Yeah, I'm just turning it on/off as needed.
     
  14. TulsaOK

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    I don't think that means an external hard drive.
     
  15. Bogey62

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    Then what is: "Menu/8/5/ERD Setup/Enable recordings to an external device" used for?

    It's either the external hard drive I just installed or an external burner (which I find totally impossible due to copyrights).

    Also, when you have the above feature enabled, when you set a timer there is an Ext option in the section where you select the timer's destination (DVR, Auto Tune, Reminder, Ext).

    I set a timer and used the Ext option, but all it does is Auto Tune to the channel.
     
  16. Bogey62

    Bogey62 Godfather

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    I'm not saying you're wrong, but what you're saying really makes no sense.

    If I routinely recorded to a VCR then I'd just select Auto Tune and I seriously doubt Dish allows burning a DVD from their content on an external burner. If that's the case then they might just as well open up the proprietary encoding on their internal/external hard drives and let me dump the digital content to my computer so I can burn an edited DVD.

    Also, this option to record to an external device and the Ext choice never showed up until I added the external hard drive to my 722.
     
  17. TulsaOK

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    Have you tried recording directly to your EHD? Wouldn't that answer the question? :confused:
     
  18. parlyle

    parlyle AllStar/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    If it is at all a viable question, please advise how to go about doing this. I have 2 VIP722's and each have a 750GB WD drive available for recording. I am getting a Western Digital- WDBAAU0020HBK-NESN (2T) drive and wanted to transfer some files from the other 750GB WD drives to the new 2T drive. Sort of using the larger drive an archive drive. How can I accomplish this?
    Thanks for the responses:

    Lyle
     
  19. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Just search for "DishArc" and follow those procedure.
     
  20. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Perhaps he could get more knowledge to avoid double work.
     

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