Up-Graded to Genie, what to do w/used drive?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Paladin369, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Paladin369

    Paladin369 Mentor

    Aug 19, 2007
    Greetings, up graded to a Genie from a HR24 I think, and I used a Seagate 1500Gbytes external drive for storage. Don't need it anymore the 1TB on Genie is enough for now. The QUESTION, has anybody had success using those drives on a PC for Back-ups? Really do not want to throw it out.

    Thank you for your help.
  2. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    Yes you just have to make sure the jumpers on the drive are set to either "cable select" or "slave" and you have to format the drive with the PC. With that said i would not go diving in with a screw driver just yet... Directv will probably want it back at some point even if a rep or a tech told you the dont want it... That's if its not a owned box of course.
  3. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    The OP said that the1.5Tb drive was an external, so no need to worry about sending it back with the box.
  4. LiQiCE

    LiQiCE Mentor

    Feb 13, 2006
    I think the drive is probably SATA and not PATA so it wouldn't need to be set to Cable Select or Slave. If its an external drive - you should be able to hook it up via USB (if the drive you own has USB) or eSATA. If your PC doesn't have eSATA you can buy an eSATA card for your PC relatively cheap from newegg.com or amazon.com

    Also - I don't think Directv would want the External drive back as it isn't their property. Unless the OP put the drive inside the HR24 and doesn't have the original drive anymore.

    Short answer - YES you can use it on your PC so long as you can connect it to the PC (via USB, eSATA, FireWire etc). You'll need to format it in Windows (or MacOS) and then you'll be good to go.
  5. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    and a side note, one drive for back up is not enough. if you really want to protect your PC files, better to get RAID. I just went though this. my back up drive failed, unfortunately I was able to recover the files using software. So now I have a RAID enclosure and have 2 drives with the same copy. if one fails just swap it and keep going....

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