What happens if I put a 1TB SSD in my HR44-700?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Rich, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Jul 8, 2019 #381 of 657
    b4pjoe

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    If your HR54 has an esata port on the back of it you can add an external drive and use it. Some have reported certain HR54's no longer have the esata port.
     
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    It has a USB labeled port but it doesn't say "eSATA." Looking at photos on the internets, I don't...
     
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  3. Jul 8, 2019 #383 of 657
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    An eSata port looks like this. I don't think the USB port will work for an external HD.
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  4. Jul 8, 2019 #384 of 657
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    You should be looking for a SATA port, the external devices will have an eSATA port. I think some of the 17s don't have a SATA port, didn't know the 54s had that problem. You would see it if it was there. To answer your prior question I've been running the SSDs on my HRs for almost a year and I see nothing negative about them. I have seen some mention about heat being a problem if the SSDs are mounted internally. I gave up on that idea when I saw how easy it is to mount them in docks externally. If that 54 really doesn't have an eSATA

    But no "cons". Not one thing I can blame the SSDs for. Most of the problems I had have gone away. No more pixies, no audio drops. The HRs just work well now. In fact, I have more problems with my Apple TV boxes now than I do with my HRs. Never thought that would happen.

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    That's key. If you were looking for more capacity the price of the SSDs becomes a problem. I just bought a 2TB WD Blue SSD a month or so ago. Paid exactly the same price that I paid for a 1TB Samsung EVO SSD 11 months ago. Both cost $199. Fortunately, like you, I have no interest in capacity. The EVO is on my 44 and the new WD Blue is on a 24-100 that my wife uses (and abuses). I want to see what happens to the WD drive, see if it can stand up to what it will be put thru.

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    I appreciate the help. I guess I didn't win the HR54 lottery when it came to the SATA port...
     
  7. Jul 8, 2019 #387 of 657
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    If you have a spare USB drive I would hook it up to the USB port and restart and see if it recognizes it. If it does it will initialize the drive and delete everything on it so don't use one with important stuff on it.
     
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    Rich

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    Shame on D* for doing this. If that 54 were mine it would suddenly die and I'd get one with a SATA port. Why they do these things is beyond me.

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    All the docks I have are both SATA and USB. Pretty sure you can't do what you suggest. Well, you can do it but I don't think it will work. Be nice if it did.

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  10. Jul 8, 2019 #390 of 657
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    Both were redesigned around the same time with various changes like a different tuner chip and no eSATA port.
     
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    It wouldn't hurt to try unless/until we know for sure it doesn't work. They updated the USB port from 2.0 to 3.0 when they removed the eSATA port, there isn't really any reason to do so unless they were going to support attaching an external USB 3.0 hard drive. They sure as heck don't need a faster USB port for the AM21/LCC.
     
  12. Jul 8, 2019 #392 of 657
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    Well we won't know until someone tries it on the HR54 that does not have the SATA port. I know it wouldn't work on the DVR's that have the SATA port as I have tried that before. My HR54 has the SATA port on it so I doubt if it would work on mine. As Slice mentions they upgraded the USB to USB 3 when they removed the SATA port. Can't hurt to try it.
     
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    When the guy came out... on July 4th... switched everything out (last install was 2006-7). Then he realizes he has a HR44 and not a 54. He made a 45 minute round trip to get a 54. Wish I thought of the SATA port before...
     
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    I might be up to being a guinea pig...
     
  15. Jul 8, 2019 #395 of 657
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    So with a dock I need an eSATA to SATA cable for an HR-24 or eSATA to eSATA?
     
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    The dock will come with an eSATA port and the proper cabling. It always works like this: eSATA devices feed SATA devices, think of it that way. So, a DVR would always have the SATA port and the external device will always have the eSATA port. Simply put, SATA ports on DVRs, eSATA ports on external devices.

    The "cabling" I mentioned above is a cable that runs from the eSATA port to the SATA port. They are not polarized but they do have to be put in one certain way.

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    Yup, that will satisfy our curiosity.

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    Not many people would know the difference, certainly not your fault. Nor the installer's fault. D* has never supported the eSATA function. I guess that gives them the right to discontinue it's use. Dropping the eSATA port certainly is a quick path to that. Strikes me as thoughtless and inconsiderate but what corporation isn't?

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    I'm already noticing sluggish remote control response on my recently installed HR54. It's on been 9 days since install, and very few recordings on the hard drive. The HR54 was a refurb, and from what I have read, they don't do much other than clear the content on the hard drive. Good news is my HR54 has the SATA port.
     
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    I have a HR54-500. Do you have a 200, 500 or 700?
     

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