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old 722k being replaced, can I just save all recordings to EHD and wait for new 722k?

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by quietmouse, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. quietmouse

    quietmouse Guest

    My 722k HD DVR is dying.(hard drive clicking, freezes, and other issues). Dish is shipping a free replacement 722k next week.

    I have about 20 to 30 hours of HD programs recorded on the old 722k.

    Can I just copy all the recordings to the external hard drive now? When I connected it to the new 722k, I assume I'll be able to copy everything from the EHD on the new unit?

    Are there any dangers of losing any programs on the EHD?

    Thanks! :)
  2. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    Yes a EHD on your present receiver will work with a new one on your account if it accepts an EHD, except a 211 receiver.
    You may want to just leave those recordings on the EHD rather than copy them back....

    There is always a danger of losing material on a hard drive. My opinion is the danger is greater if they are on the Receiver's hard drive than on a good EHD.
  3. TulsaOK

    TulsaOK New Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    I've never lost recordings on the internal drive. I have lost recordings on an EHD (Western Digital Essential). My opinion.
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    - seems to me it's to late for offload to EHD ...but you must try, perhaps not all but many hours could be salvaged
  5. jsk

    jsk Icon

    Dec 27, 2006
    Fallston, MD
    The clicking is a bad sign as far as getting your programs off of the current receiver. The arm inside the hard drive is scraping the platters where programs are stored. It's something that every computer support person can detect over the phone without anyone saying a word. You probably will be able to get some of them onto a EHD, but I don't know how the 722K handles bad sectors. Hopefully, it doesn't crash. The best case is if it skips the bad sectors and continues to copy and then treats it the same way it treats signal loss during playback on your new 722K.
  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Well, perhaps not that "every computer support person can detect over the phone without anyone saying a word" knows - the clicking noise most of the time related to attempts to unlock the 'arm' and a reason for that - a spindle didn't spin up; it's happen often because of +12 VDC rail fail or spindle's controller bad.
    Not sure if it help OP, but posting some knowledge is never been bad.
  7. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    I can't of course argue your particular case. But over the years on the forums there have been hundreds of posts of hard drive failures in the receivers. Two of my 508's failed over the years. Considering how many external hard drives there are in genera for various usesl, rarely do they fail as compared to receiver hard drives. If I had something important and could only have one copy it would be on a good EHD long before a receiver hard drive. (The essentials line is a very good hard drive.)
  8. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Well let me also chime in with my opinion which is free and worth every penny. :D

    I have 6 EHD's, all Western Digital My Book Essentials but one which is a Western Digital My Book Home Edition. So far haven't had one crash and the oldest was purchased for EHD use in 2007. But at any time one could crash, because they are hard drives.

    The internal hard drives of my ViP DVRs get a constant workout, so it has always seemed to me to be the higher risk drive. But drives can be quirky IMHO.

    And you can backup your EHD's to other hard drives if you want.

    Of course, if there is an electromagnetic pulse from the detonation of high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device over Northern California, I would lose everything.;)

    Oh, and generally I keep everything but stuff I'm going to watch within 48 hours on EHDs.
  9. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Godfather

    Sep 4, 2005
    Yup. :) I've had the drives in a 522 and a 722 fail within 2.5 years of each other. Never had an EHD drive fail.

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