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External Hard Drives That Work

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by HobbyTalk, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Aug 25, 2007 #21 of 528

    lilredjettdiwagon New Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    The following drive has so far worked like a charm:

    Western Digital 750GB My Book Essential Hard Drive (WDG1U7500N) $197.00+tt&L:D from Circuit City (w/BB price match)

    Only had a problem once, and most likely it's my fault, wanted to move data that would take 8 hours to do so. Too much data, the receiver froze, eventually a soft reboot solved the screen freeze, but no data got moved. At least, did not lose any data and that is the best thing.

    Thank you E* eventually implementing this feature :glasses: :smaileinh :jumpingja :biggthump
  2. Aug 25, 2007 #22 of 528

    ChuckA Hall Of Fame

    Feb 7, 2006
    I have done archives that took 13 hours without a problem.
  3. Aug 25, 2007 #23 of 528

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
    I've taken the different drives listed in the posts above and put them into the first post. I'll update the list as new ones are added.
  4. Aug 25, 2007 #24 of 528
    Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    Here is another "off the shelf" USB dirve that works great:

    WD 500GB My Book Essential

    Lately, I have been trying out a lot of "home brew" USB drives. I bought a few USB 2.0 enclosures (some for less than $15) and tried various drives that I had (I put a large drive in my PC so I freed up two drives there). All of them happened to be WD drives of various sizes (250 GBs, 120 GBs). All you have to do is set them up as the master drive (no jumpers on the back of the drive) and put them in the USB enclosure and attach the cables. No problems with either of them. I also had an old WD 120 GB drive that was in my old Dishplayer (model 7100). Put it in the USB enclosure and re-formatted it and it works fine too.

    Between my two ViP receivers I am using 5 drives (3 on one and 2 on the other and I do NOT move them between receivers). I have a total of 1.62 TBs of external storage. I use a USB switch (four port so I can add more drives) on each receiver to select which external drive is active.
  5. Aug 25, 2007 #25 of 528

    agwood New Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Simpletech 500GB SP-U35/500 working great. just xfered 90+ Gigs of Video in 6 hours.

    Best Buy $119.99 not sure when the sale ends.

  6. Aug 26, 2007 #26 of 528

    rtk AllStar

    Apr 14, 2007
    500GB Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 working well
  7. Aug 26, 2007 #27 of 528

    hotspace Cool Member

    May 24, 2006
    Hey guys....Let me just start off by saying "Phew" I found the place to talk about my receiver. Now let just add my Drive to the "rest of the story...."

    I have a SimpleTech External USB 2.0 320 GB I had a few problems at first, i.e. I got a message stating that the device wasn't supported. But I reset the receiver and now all is well. The receiver had to format the drive. After formatting, it wasn't recognized. But another receiver reset fixed that. Right now I'm transferring data over and all is looking well.
  8. Aug 26, 2007 #28 of 528

    AVJohnnie Icon

    Jul 27, 2004
    Western Digital My Book Essential WDG1U7500N 750GB 7200 RPM

    $179.99+Tx at Best Buy. Works right. No worries!
  9. Aug 26, 2007 #29 of 528

    jcord51 Legend

    Feb 1, 2003
    Ditto here!:D
  10. Aug 26, 2007 #30 of 528

    Marriner Legend

    Jan 23, 2006

    Thanks for this info. I have been wandering if drive enclosures with raw drives work with the 622. Have you tried a variety of enclosures or all the same brand?
  11. Aug 26, 2007 #31 of 528

    odbrv AllStar

    May 12, 2006
    I had the same problem. However, when I shut the SimpleTech off/on, not reset the receiver, It all worked fine and has since. My 2nd SimpleTech 500 had no problems at all when added to my 2nd 622.
  12. Aug 26, 2007 #32 of 528

    bbomar Legend

    Oct 18, 2004
    Western Digital Elements 500 GB WDE1U5000N

    No problems so far - about 150 GB currently archived.
  13. Aug 26, 2007 #33 of 528
    Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002

    So far, I have tried three different USB enclosues. One of them is the I/O magic enclosure (sold by Radio Shack) , another one was by "A Power" (sold by Computer Geeks) and the third one was some other brand (I believe I got it from Shop4tech.com).

    The only thing that you really need to worry about with USB drive enclosures is: 1) that it is a USB 2.0 enclosure, 2) that the power supply supports the size drive that you want to use (some say that they will only support drives "up to xxx GBs". and 3) that the enclosure supports the type of drive that you want to use, IDE (ATA), SATA. Some enclosures support both but they usually cost a lot more.
  14. Aug 27, 2007 #34 of 528

    BobMinn Cool Member

    Jul 1, 2005
    WD My Book Essentials 750GB Works perfectly.

    I returned a 500Gb Seagate Free Agent, that had various problems with the sleep mode, to OfficeMax and bought the WD at BB.

  15. Aug 27, 2007 #35 of 528

    cnwade Cool Member/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jul 18, 2004
    Our HP 500GB Personal Media Drive (HD5000S) works fine. I paid $200 + tax for it - a little more than the others - but if this ext HD archiving project tanks due to digital copyright issues or whatever, I can slip the drive right into our HP Media Center PC. A least that's what I told my wife.... :lol:

  16. Aug 27, 2007 #36 of 528

    igot2gonow New Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    Thank you one and all for posting what works.

    I work for dish in ATR and have been getting calls with questions on EHD since day one. We had very little tech info for trouble shooting from the start, but thanks to some great customers who are willing to stay on the phone with us, we are all learning and passing on information to our engineers.

    The biggest problem I am having is very little documentation on "how to" and limitations. The second problem is (no name HD's). It seems that major brand name hard drives work great, but the no names have problems.

    Again, thanks and when you call in for help, share your experience so we can learn and forward info to engeneering.

    One of the TSRIII's that really care.

  17. Aug 28, 2007 #37 of 528

    HDlover Godfather

    Jul 28, 2006
    The first adopter/beta testers should be getting this for free. I , for one, am not trying it unless I get a 30 day money back guarentee. It really should be free as it locks one to Dish. I'm sure Dish will "see the light" and make it free. Then they can just enable it for everyone. No cost to them for all the individual call activations and all this individual technical support.
  18. Aug 28, 2007 #38 of 528
    Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    If I were you I would not bet on it. Now that it is an established fee it very likely will never go away.
  19. Aug 28, 2007 #39 of 528

    darkstarchuck Cool Member

    Feb 7, 2007
    Buffalo Technology's DriveStation SATA 500GB USB Hard Drive works fine. There may be others found in this thread.;)

    So after 2 years of constantly running, the drive is failing. Seems to be heat related, or just age, as I could xfer a show (restore) if I had powered down the unit for a while, then tried it. Went out and got a Seagate Freeagent 1TB, and problems started.
  20. Aug 28, 2007 #40 of 528
    Ron Barry

    Ron Barry 622 Tips & Trick Keeper

    Dec 10, 2002
    There was a couple of posts about some having issues with WD MyBook drives and I moved them to their own thread so further discussion and occur and see if we can establish some possible commonality points.


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