What is HR20 capacity and can it be increased?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by timmy2, Jan 10, 2007.

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  1. timmy2

    timmy2 Cool Member

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    What is the quoted SD recording capacity of the HR20 (or what size drive does it come with)?

    It's my understanding that its eSATA connection works but the capacity remains the same regardless of the external drive used. True?
     
  2. Earl Bonovich

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    SD recording capacity?
    About 250-300 hours.

    If you attach a larger then 300gb eSATA drive... it will be what ever size you add.

    Add a 1TB eSATA solution...
    1,000+ hours of SD
    ~175 hours of MPEG-4 HD
     
  3. houskamp

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    300 gig drive 200 hours SD/50 hours mpeg4/30 hours mpeg2
    Check the resources sub-forum.. lots of info there.. on guy (nut?:lol:) has 3.75 terabyte added..thats 22 weeks straight :rolleyes
     
  4. timmy2

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    I apologize for not having read further in the thread entitled "eSATA - Has been enabled, but...." In the early posts drive capacity was in some way stunted but some firmware upgrades must've fixed that.

    Thanks for the helpful replies! Very cool to hear that drive capacity is essentially unlimited. So now I just have to get over all the recent posts about black screens, lost recordings, etc. :confused: and bite the bullet.
     
  5. mikeliedke

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    What are some reliable options that have tested/worked well with the HR20? What are approximate costs and where can we buy these?

    Thanks in advance!
    Mike
     
  6. Earl Bonovich

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    All sorts of options have been tried..

    The referenced thread in the Information subforum, talks a lot about what people have tried.

    A standard 500gb eSATA solution is going to set you back about $300 (roughly).

    To start getting bigger then that, you are looking at RAID solutions and other items.

    I have been chatting with a 3rd party vendor (not affiliated at all with DirecTV). They have been working on a product, that may be very intresting to HR20 users.

    If you can make it through the rest of the TV Season with the current system. I would wait a little while before making a big $$$ invesment.
     
  7. mikeliedke

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    Thanks, I'll check that out!

    Mike
     
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