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to upgrade (hard drive) or not to upgrade...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by marklyn, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Richierich

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    And I would hope they would give you an Option of Selecting a Large Drive such as a 2 TB Version of the EVDS with a 64 MB Cache.

    Currently the largest cache for the EVDS is 32 MB but I would think they would add the 64 MB Version soon just as they did for the EADS Model which then became the EARS Model.
     
  2. rainydave

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    Would a WD20EADS work as an internal drive in a HR21-700?
     
  3. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    yes
     
  4. Steve

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    Any 3.5" SATA drive will work. For under $200 shipped, I'd probably go with the WD20EARS which has a 64mb cache.
     
  5. rainydave

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    Excellent. Thanks!
     
  6. marklyn

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    I got both of my HR23's today! As soon as the installer left, I popped the lid and replaced the hard drive with a 2TB drive and everything is working great!!!

    I love my new boxes but it sure is taking some time to get used to the different menus and the slight lag time between some screens.

    Oh yeah, the HR23's don't have a coax output (which I was using to send a signal to my kitchen TV). Is there something I can buy which will take the rca output and convert it to coax so I can still use that TV?
     
  7. P Smith

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  8. marklyn

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    It doesn't show the plugs on back. Is this something I can plug my rca cables from my HR23 into and then the coax cable that goes to my kitchen tv?

    Think they have these things at Fry's?
     
  9. Yoda-DBSguy

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    A Galaxy...
    It takes RCA style composite inputs (yellow, red, white) and converts it to coaxial output to run to the other tv........
    Fry's, radioshack and even walmart have them on the shelf 24/7/365 ;)
     
  10. wall-e

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    marklyn,

    Glad to hear that the hard drive upgrade went smoothly. What model number for the hard drive did you end up going with? I want to also replace my hard drive on my owned unit (which I have verified with dtv) with a 2TB.

    As far as AV to coax solution, I bought a rf modulator from walmart. It was a Philips SWS2102w/17 which allows me to send the av signal from the HR2x to other TVs via coax. Anything similar to this will also work.

    thanks marklyn
     

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  11. Stuart Sweet

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    Folks, I do have to remind all of you that you are not allowed to open your leased receiver. If marklyn would like to tell us that his receivers are owned, not leased, then this thread can stay.
     
  12. Skypalace

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    The Amazon reviews of the EARS drives (the 1.5TB WD15EARS in particular which is $120, so better price/perf if you don't need full 2TB) mention that they are 4kb vs 512b sector drives, do we know for sure these work fine on the D* boxes (for me it would be an HR20-)?
     
  13. jdspencer

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    Sector size doesn't mean anything when recording video. In fact, bigger is better.
     
  14. P Smith

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    If DTV Linux kernel could take advantage of 4096 bytes sector geometry.

    BTW, DTV DVR OS allocating space by 16 MB chunks for video+audio recordings. Dish DVR - by 2 or 4 MB chunks.
     
  15. Shawkir

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    I have been having some DVR playback freezing issues on a HR21-100 that keeps getting worse every day!
    I am wondering if I replace the internal Hard Drive that this may correct my Issue.

    Plug and Play?
    Am I correct in thinking that all is needed is the new HDD?
    Remove & Replace
    Plug it in, let the system format it to its linux partitions and then it's ready for use?

    I am considering the Western Digital "WD10EARS" (it has the 64meg cache)
    Is this a good consideration?


    Thanks,
     
  16. P Smith

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    Just search for "EARS" in the forum and read, don't rush for it.
     
  17. CCarncross

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    I recommend getting the EADS model or EVDS model instead
     
  18. Rich

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    Weren't there some negative posts about the EVDS? I gotta take some time and check reviews, but I could swear people are having problems with them.

    Rich
     
  19. Rich

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    What model of HR are you planning to drop that 2TB into? It matters. HR2x-xxx is what we're looking for.

    Rich
     
  20. spunkyvision

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    I had to return my WD20EARS because of issues with it (constant hanging and slow responses. I just got the WD20EADS and will see how it goes)

    I have an HR21-700
     

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