replacing internal drive in hr54

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  1. zcarguy

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    So I am running an hr54-500 with an external 2tb drive. Would prefer to install the drive internally. Saw a video on youtube and it looks fairly straight forward. Its a leased unit like most here. Almost 2 years old. I know opening the hr54 is against the tos. Just wondering if there any tamper seals I might encounter like the HR2X's had. Thanks
     
  2. Rich

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    It is pretty straight forward. You do realize you won't see any difference in performance in HDDs mounted externally or internally? Personally, I prefer to mount the HDDs internally but I own (I know, I just refuse to believe ATT can just take that status away) all my HRs. I do have a 3TB drive mounted internally in my 44 and I don't remember a security seal being on the 44. If that helps. If you're looking to improve the performance of your 54 you might want to take a look at the thread I linked to in my Signature below this post. You can make that 54 work better than it ever did.

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  3. JerryMeeker

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    Just curious, when you take a drive that has been mounted externally and move it to an internal mount, does the DVR wipe the drive clean, or are the recordings preserved?

    Also, given the reliability of external eSATA enclosures, what is the incentive to go to the trouble of mounting the drive internally?
     
  4. P Smith

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    not yet discovered
     
  5. codespy

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    It’s been discovered, and everything is preserved since it’s already been formatted on a DTV DVR. Recordings show up fine. You could even dump it into another DVR and recordings will show up, but you won’t be able to play them due to the different RID number (except OTA recordings).

    Regarding internal vs. external mounting...there's not really any incentive, except to blow out the dust inside the unit, and clean the fan once in a while. There was no security tag on my HR54-500. I’ve been in and out of there several times. Even if you had multiple IRD's and removed every security tag and sent them all back to AT&T, they won't do anything to you.
     
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  6. Rich

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    I used to put all my HDDs inside my HRs. For several reasons. One of those reasons is I don't like the way HDDs and my docks get along initially. Once you have them running they aren't problematic. The problems I've had were mostly related to getting them to work in the first place. That's with HDDs. I've no problems at all getting my HRs to recognize the docks with SSDs in them. Simply put, I think HDDs should be mounted internally and SSDs should be mounted externally. Just my opinion.

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    Agreed. I've been sending bad boxes back for years without those security tags and have not had one problem.

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  8. P Smith

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    may be HR54R1 have it ...
     
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    What??
     
  10. codespy

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    It doesn't matter, whatever model number you are referring to (never heard of a HR54R1).
     
  11. P Smith

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    THAT RELEASE [R2?] OF NEW hr54 WHAT DOESN'T HAVE eSATA PORT
     
  12. WestieLvr

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    That is my problem as well. I stupidly bought a Fantom Drive, returned that, then I still didn't learn my lesson and bought a DVR Daddy! So what should I buy that is an external drive that works with a USB 3.0 port? I am a newbie to all this but have worked in tech for over a decade (no guys I am not a blonde, just never needed the higher capacity.)

    By the way, Codespy, Packer fans never apologize, especially not to Bear fans.

    Thanks,
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  13. WestieLvr

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    How did you get it recognized?
     
  14. P Smith

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    I haven't seen reports here.. no one try use external USB 3.0 enclosure with HDD.
    You'll be first - post your result here.
     
  15. Rich

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    Answered your questions in another thread. You can't use an eSATA setup on a 54 without a SATA port.

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  16. Scott Dixon

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    Could someone tell me the make and model number of a 4TB drive I could use internal to an HR54? There are many drives on the market, but some may not be fast enough or may be too hot, or may have characteristics that won't work with the HR54. I bought and returned an external Fantom FD 4TB Expander from Amazon that just wouldn't work right (extremely slow remote response and lots of freezing). I now want to buy an internal 4TB drive that has a good chance of working.
     
  17. sbl

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    Ideally you want a drive made for DVRs, such as the WD Purple or Seagate Skyhawk. That said, I have used WD Red drives in my DVRs without issue. (I linked to 3.5" drives - I am not sure which size the HR54 takes.)
     
  18. Rich

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    Just about any WD HDD will work in the DVRs. The Purple Surveillance drives are made with DVRs in mind. I've used Green and Blue WD drives for years and they don't last. I've never used a Purple drive because I switched to solid-state drives over a year ago. If you can afford the SSDs I think that's the way to go. You'd probably be better off with an HDD that's rated for 7200 RPMs rather than the slower WD drives. Performance-wise. They do tend to make more noise than the 5400 RPM drives.

    Rich
     
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