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HR21/700 External HD Help please!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Tommy Boy, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Tommy Boy

    Tommy Boy New Member

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    OK first off I want to say Thank you to anyone who even reads this to help me out. I have had an HR21/700 for quite a while now. The HD size has never been enough.

    I recently found out it was possible to upgrade the HD size of my receiver what I would like to do is upgrade to a 2TB setup. I registered for this site I think a few weeks ago and in that time I tried to refrain from posting this because I know there is a bunch of information but I am suffering from information overload.

    So far what I have come away with is that I would be best with an Antec MX-1 enclosure with I believe 3gb/sec. I just need to know what setups would work for the HR21/700 to get me to 2TB. I have searched and searched and read posts for tons of time. If someone could please help me and make this easy I would be incredibly grateful.

    I am sorry if this is easliy posted/found anywhere on this site I have been looking so long I have gotten frustrated.
     
  2. admdata

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  3. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

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    I have followed this a lot, and the Antec is probably the enclosure of choice. It would seem any old box would work, but folks seem to have the best luck with the Antecs.

    I also think the consensus is that the WD green series is the least trouble-free. The EVDS, EADS, and now even the EARS models should work well. Amazon or Newegg seems to have them at good prices.
     
  4. JACKIEGAGA

    JACKIEGAGA N.Y. FOOTBALL GIANTS

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    Pm rich584 he can help you.

    I have a Antec MX-1 enclosure
     
  5. Richierich

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    Yes, PM RICH584 as he is the Resident Expert on External Hard Drive Enclosures.
     
  6. Tommy Boy

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    Thank you guys a TON!!...This has helped me out big time. I found WD20EADS for 89.99$ on AMAZON...They have the WD20EARS which I have read is starting to work for 79.99$ The EARS has the higher cache number but EADS seems more reliable. I'm going to order at some point today I think. Just have to decide which is the better option.

    SERIOUSLY THANK YOU FOR HELPING!
     
  7. JACKIEGAGA

    JACKIEGAGA N.Y. FOOTBALL GIANTS

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    Did Rich help you out?
     
  8. Rich

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    Never heard from him.

    Thanx, by the way...:)

    Rich
     
  9. Richierich

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    Yes I did.

    He made a Great Choice with the WD20EADS as I have 6 of them and one WD10EADS and I have had ZERO PROBLEMS with them and Yes I do have alot of Recording Capacity at 13 TBs Of Space but RICH584 has more than me. :lol:
     
  10. Rich

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    While you were buying those $300 EADS, I was buying Seagates for about half that price, but they are all failing now, so I'll end up paying about what you did as I replace the Seagates with WD drives.

    Rich
     
  11. Tommy Boy

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    Sorry about this I have to post a couple times to be able to PM Rich
     
  12. Tommy Boy

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    Useless post 2
     
  13. Tommy Boy

    Tommy Boy New Member

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    really sorry about this just want to be able to PM...
     
  14. Richierich

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    Yes and the Only Reason I paid that exorbitant price was that I had just received 2 HR24-500s from Directv that were Owned and I desparately wanted to replace the Internal Drives before I built up alot of recordings that I didn't want to delete so I bit the bullet and paid extra to buy the First WD20EADS offerred for sale and then I bought another one.

    I was King of the Hill for about 2 or 3 weeks but I paid the Price!!! :lol:

    I quit buying Seagate Drive about 3 years ago after they were bought out and the Quality seem to drop and they had several batches of drives that were AWFUL!!!!

    I would rather spend the money to get Quality rather than always go the Cheap Route unless I can get that Quality Thing at a Cheap Price for whatever reason.
     
  15. admdata

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    Question @Rich584 how much external drive space do you have? Since richierich has 13tb and he says you have more good grief!!!, I have a HDVR2 with 67 hours of space (80gb hd) and only once did I max it out!!! and that is in 2 years with this DVR.
     
  16. Richierich

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    At one point RICH584 had 18.5 TBs of Space but now I think he is down to 16 TBs of Space.
     
  17. admdata

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    geez!!!! I wonder how many hours of record time that is (in sd and hd)
     
  18. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Roughtly 2 gadzillion.
     
  19. Rich

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    To be honest, I don't know exactly. I'm in the process of dumping all my Seagates and changing to strictly WD HDDs. I'd guess around 20TBs. When I'm done I'll have over 21TBs of storage.

    I'm aware that what I'm doing is overkill, but I've had problems with HDDs and HRs and I tend to back up everything multiple times so that I (so far) never lose any recordings.

    Rich
     
  20. Richierich

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    Here is the Calulation of how many hours of MPEG-4 HD I can Record on my 2 TB HR23-700 which is 528 hours.

    Subtract 100 Gb from the drive size (2000 Gb) for housekeeping space reserved by DirecTV.

    HD MPEG-4 uses ~ 3.6 GB/hour (or 180 GB for 50 hours).

    2000 Gb minus 100 Gb = 1900 Gb. 1900 Gb/3.6 Gb per hour = 528 hours of MPEG-4 HD Recording Capacity.

    1 TB = 250 hours of MPEG-4 Recording Capacity.
    2 TB = 528 hours of MPEG-4 Recording Capacity.

    So I have 3,418 Hours Of HD Recording Capacity with 13 TBs of Recording Capacity.

    So with 20 TBs of Capacity RICH584 would have around 5,280 Hours of Recording Capacity if each DVR had a 2 TB Drive.
     

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