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External HD questions

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by AreWeThereYet, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    I have just started to use my 1 TB. But my 750GB drives hold about 100 to 120 HD movies which represents roughly about 200± hours.
     
  2. P Smith

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    320 and 500 GB
     
  3. phrelin

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    Keep in mind that the internal drives have space used for system stuff and for VOD (the channel 501 movies).
     
  4. AreWeThereYet

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    Thank you everyone for all your help. DISH came through and honored their promise for the free EHD activation. I installed the firmware update for the 1 TB WD Essentials which hides their software everyone complains about. 930GB at the start.

    I've been transferring over movies/shows most of the night, doing it in batches. The present batch I'm transferring is around 15 GB (roughly 9 hrs of HD movies) and estimated time says 2.5 hrs. Seems to vary though from batch to batch. The DVR hasn't rebooted once, so that's good. I aimed a fan to blow over the DVR while transferring thinking heat may(?) have caused my reboots, helped or coincidence, not sure.

    My WD Essentials has vents on 3 sides (bottom, top, back), so laying it down on it's side shouldn't be a problem. Lots yet left to transfer. Need to get this done so I can install the new 612. I think I'm going to really enjoy having the EHD. Will update when done. Thanks again!
     
  5. TulsaOK

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    My WD Essential transfers at 16Gb/hour. It's not the new style and it's on my 722. My 612 is not so fast.
     
  6. P Smith

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    Perhaps you answered to other member - I did answer to simple question about a SIZE of HDD inside of those DVRs.

    [I don't need to keep in mind the obvious fact, actually you'll serve better if you'll find my old posts with actual size of USER and VOD partitions]
     
  7. AreWeThereYet

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    I have to admit this transferring from the 612 is painfully slow. I'm almost done but damnnnn. :nono2: I'm quite certain I'm not transferring 16GB/hr. Going forward, maybe I should use my 722 more for archival quality movies and the 612 for more everyday use? Hmmm.....
     
  8. ShapeShifter

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    Why? Because you assume it's faster? Don't be so sure until you do your own speed tests.

    I do most of my transferring from the 612s to the 722, I rarely go the other way. What I've noticed is that it takes significantly longer (maybe 15% to 50% longer) to move from the EHD to the 722 as it took to move from either of the 612s to the EHD. Maybe moving onto the DVR is slower than moving off? Or maybe the 722 is slower than the 612? I don't know, I haven't done any real timing tests, just some observations.

    Whatever the speeds, I've just resigned myself that it's a slow operation. Maybe I just have a slow drive, but I don't think I've ever been anywhere near 16 GB/hr on any of the DVRs in any direction.
     
  9. AreWeThereYet

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    I will compare the two by recording the same program on both DVRs and see which transfers to the EHD the fastest. Maybe the 16GB/hr is SD? I only watch/record HD - can't stomach SD anymore.
     
  10. TulsaOK

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    16Gb is 16Gb. A pound of feathers weighs just as much as a pound of lead.
     
  11. P Smith

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    Not in term of transferring data: if you send 16M of 1KB files compare to one file size 16GB.
     
  12. TulsaOK

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    Uh-huh. :rolleyes:
     
  13. AreWeThereYet

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    All programs transferred over to the EHD no problem with no DVR reboots. I believe the fan helped with that. My last transfer - 3 HD movies which were 15.6GB, took 2 hrs 20 min which equals 6.85GB/hr transfer rate. Will do a speed test to compare the 612/722 later.

    Replaced the defective 612 w/the new one. Works like it should.

    Amazing how much the 1TB EHD will hold....gotta love it! Only problem I have is the power switch on the Essential EHD doesn't seem to work. That is a power switch, correct? No reference to a power switch w/paperwork it came with. For people w/o a power switch, to turn off the EHD, are you just unplugging the USB cable or both USB/power cable? Does it really decrease the life of the HDD to leave it powered on?
     

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