Genie 2 - HS17 Replacing the HDD with a larger HDD

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  1. WestieLvr

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    Well, I had to get rid of the HR54-500, my question is now that I have the new HS17 where is the HDD in the tower or the mini genie they give you? Also, I made them replace all of the minis in the house. I was getting such bizarre messages it was crazy with the HR54-500!

    I was so aggravated that I was ready to tell them to go jump and switch to Hughes.

    So now I still have my WD Purple 8TB https://amzn.to/2C51Ts0, yes with 4 people we need it before you ask, so has anyone replaced their HDD? Or do I have to get an external cage?

    Thank you!
    Jeanne
     
  2. compnurd

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    It is in the tower
     
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    Thank you. Have you taken it apart? How difficult is it to take apart? Will a 3.5 HDD fit inside if you know?

    Thanks so much
    Jeanne
     
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  4. carl6

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    I'm sure people have been inside the tower, but I have not seen any reports of doing so on this or another web site. Doesn't mean the info isn't out there, just might have to search for it.

    The clients (minis) do not have hard drives in them, everything is stored in the HS17/Genie 2.
     
  5. Grafixguy

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    Why don't you just use an external harddrive? IIRC, you can go up to 12GB. I doubt that a 3.5" harddrive is going to fit in that tower and the second you open it, you're killing any warranty.
     
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  6. slice1900

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    It is a 2.5" hard drive. There is no "warranty", it is leased hardware that you don't own so it is against the terms of service to open up a receiver whether it is a week old or a decade old. That said, I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble or any evidence they check or care about the status of the little anti tamper sticker so you can probably try a larger 2.5" - just save the old one so you can put it back if you ever have to return the HS17.
     
  7. WestieLvr

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    Well you are correct, I have searched pretty much everywhere and haven't seen where anyone has posted about opening it, much less posting a video.
     
  8. WestieLvr

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    Hey Grafixguy, the problem is I already purchased a WD Purple 8TB a year ago. The connection from the HDD holder has to be ethernet because I think that would be better than USB. Thoughts?

    Eventually, I will put the HDD back into the tower as someone shows how they did it. Coward I know, but I want to be safe.
     
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    My HDD is a 3.5". I know there is no longer a sticker but...
     
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    I have looked at the Sabrent, Inatek and NexStar TX - USB 3.0 (Updated version). Does anyone think that one is better than the other? Do you think I should plug into the USB port or the ethernet port?
     
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  11. Richard

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    To connect an external drive to the HS17, you connect it to the eSATA port. So, you need an external enclosure that has eSATA support.
     
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  12. inkahauts

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    You can’t use a usb drive. Only an eSata plugging into the eSata port.

    I’d put it inside if I where you. You clearly have it open already.
     
  13. compnurd

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    The newer HS17’s don’t have eSATA. Only USB
     
  14. inkahauts

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    Then internal it is....
     
  15. WestieLvr

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    Inkahauts,
    I would if I knew how to take the tower apart! Do you know how?
    Thanks
     
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    Compnurd,
    Mine has a USB and an Ethernet port, I thought maybe I should use the Ethernet not the USB. Yes?
     
  17. James Long

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    It won't work. Drives are eSATA, not USB or Ethernet. (And no, I don't know how to open one without destroying it.)
     
  18. WestieLvr

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    What is the purpose of the tower and the mini genie?
     
  19. James Long

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    The "tower" receives satellite signals from the dish and makes them available to client receivers.
    The "clients" receive the signals from the "tower" and allows you to display the signals on a TV.
     
  20. compnurd

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    The Ethernets purpose is to give the Genie internet access
     

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