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external hard drive

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by stevey, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. stevey

    stevey New Member

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    How do I format my external hard drive so I can connect it to my DVR? I had it connected to the MOXI box when I had cable and it worked great but the Directv DVR said it could not find the format.
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  2. MountainMan10

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    Just connect the drive unformatted. The DVR formats it automatically.
     
  3. stevey

    stevey New Member

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    I tried that but it didn't work. I'll try again. I wonder if it is not working because I had it formatted to the MOXI DVR and for some reason the new DVR can't change the formatting.
     
  4. CCarncross

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    Did you follow the prescribed procedure?

    reset DVR receiver through setup menu, when the lights go out right b4 reboot, disconnect power plug. Connect eSATA enclosure, USB drives will not work, power up eSATA enclosure, wait 10-1 seconds, then plug DVR back in, it should format it automagically provided you have a supported eSATA solution.
     
  5. evan_s

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    Is it a USB hd? If so the DirecTV dvrs won't use it. If it's Esata make sure it's connected up securely and reboot the receiver and it should automatically recognize it and format it.
     
  6. stevey

    stevey New Member

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    It's a USB so that is the problem. Thanks for your help. Now I know what to do.
     
  7. litzdog911

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