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HR34 External Hard Drive Compatibility

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Bartman94, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Oct 16, 2012 #81 of 137
    dpeters11

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    I'd be wary about going that far. Sure the data is safe, but it might as well be lost if the DVR fan goes out or something.
     
  2. Oct 16, 2012 #82 of 137
    hunters1234

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    Rick, any WD external eSATA 2 GB drive will definitely work?
     
  3. Oct 16, 2012 #83 of 137
    dpeters11

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    I believe it is advised to use one of their AV drives.
     
  4. Oct 17, 2012 #84 of 137
    Rickt1962

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    Yes
     
  5. Oct 17, 2012 #85 of 137
    hunters1234

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    How about if I get a WD SATA hdd and put it any eSATA enclosure...would that work? Thanks
     
  6. Oct 17, 2012 #86 of 137
    Rich

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    Any WD Caviar Green 2TB will work, some folks are using Seagates. You'd have to search for those models.

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  7. Oct 17, 2012 #87 of 137
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    Try the Thermaltake Black X docking station. I'd send you a link, but Amazon won't let me since I've bought them from them and all you'd get is a form for my username and password.

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  8. Oct 17, 2012 #88 of 137
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    I would not go that far...many have tried various makes and models of enclosures and not all are created equal. That is why in these threads just a few makes and models of enclosures are recommended. The Antec MX-1 and the Thermaltake BlacX are two of the more popular models. There are a few other guys who can recommend RAID enclosures if you are trying to get some kind of data recoverable solution.
     
  9. Oct 17, 2012 #89 of 137
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    Thanks for that detailed answer CCarncross
     
  10. Feb 13, 2013 #90 of 137
    bpratt

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    Amazon.com has the WD20EURS for $108.12 if anyone wants one.
     
  11. Mar 1, 2013 #91 of 137
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    Hello - This is my first post here after several months of lurking and researching. :D Like many, I've been waiting for DTV to offer the HR34 Genie system to us loyal customers at a reasonable price instead of just the new customers. I called yesterday and was pleased to find out that I finally qualified to get the HR34, 2 clients, SWiM, and Cinema kit - all for free. (With a 2 year contract extension of course :rolleyes: ) So I've got that scheduled for install on March 11th.

    Now the fun part. I've been reading in a couple of threads that folks have had good success with the Thermaltake and Antec enclosures, and the WD AV-GP line of drives. A normal person would take that advice and run with it. But I've decided to take one for the team and test out a different enclosure. I just ordered the Mediasonic PRORAID 4 Bay Raid Enclosure (HFR2-SU3S2). After a bit of looking around I found that the cheapest place to get it was from the Mediasonic website. ($199 + free shipping) If someone else on this forum has tested this enclosure I apologize - I haven't seen the thread. I was drawn to this enclosure because it seems to perform more like one would expect during a drive failure and rebuild. Some of the user feedback I've read for the Sans Digital enclosures is downright scary during a drive failure. Some of their enclosures apparently drop offline if a drive fails - as if they are incapable of running in degraded mode. I come from an enterprise data center background and that just doesn't make sense. Feedback that I've read for the Mediasonic above leads me to believe that it will function more like an enterprise class RAID device. (stays online during a drive failure, online hot-swap rebuilds, etc) WE WILL SEE ;) After all, the only reason I've decided to use an external enclosure is for fault tolerance, so I expect that to function as advertised.

    For the drives - I just ordered 4 1TB WD WD10EURX from Amazon for $83/ea. The plan is to run this in a RAID 10 configuration. I went with this config for 2 reasons. It should yield slightly better performance than RAID 5, and it will also give me a net of 2TB. I know several folks have been getting larger sizes working with their DVR's, but I figured I've gambled enough with the enclosure. :D

    Sorry to be so long winded here, but I'm sure there are a few folks that would love to see if this works or not, including myself. I will definitely report back here with feedback for those interested. It will be mid-March before everything is up and running. Talk to you guys soon.
     
  12. Mar 1, 2013 #92 of 137
    RunnerFL

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    If you're truly afraid of the SansDigital enclosure, which you shouldn't be, then you don't want to go with this one either. It's the same enclosure, just a different name, as one I've used on my HR34 and had no problems though.

    Same guts, similar case: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006MB9B2E/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I use nothing but Sans Digital enclosures when I want to use RAID on an HR and haven't had any issues.
     
  13. Mar 1, 2013 #93 of 137
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    Huh. If I recall correctly, your RAID box was only ~ $100. That's a big difference in pricing.

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  14. Mar 1, 2013 #94 of 137
    RunnerFL

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    I've used 2 different RAID boxes. A 2 drive version, that was in the neighborhood of $100, and a 4 drive version which is the one I linked to above.
     
  15. Mar 1, 2013 #95 of 137
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    Thanks for making me aware of this Runner. If anything, this almost guarantees that mine should work since yours does. Maybe the feedback I read was for a cheaper/older Sans Digital enclosure? Regardless, I'm glad to know this. I will still report back once this is up and running.
     
  16. Mar 1, 2013 #96 of 137
    RunnerFL

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    The negative feedback I've read on the SansDigital enclosures has either been from people who have no idea how to use it or about the wrong enclosure completely.
     
  17. Mar 2, 2013 #97 of 137
    unixguru

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    I am an expert. I've owned two SansDigital enclosures. Never, ever, ever, again.
     
  18. Mar 2, 2013 #98 of 137
    RunnerFL

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    I too am an expert and have no problem with them.
     
  19. Mar 2, 2013 #99 of 137
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    Who need such "experts" who operating two or four RAID boxes total ? :D
     
  20. Mar 2, 2013 #100 of 137
    RunnerFL

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    I do far more work with RAID than just "two or four RAID boxes total".
     

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