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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by houskamp, Jul 14, 2007.
So would you suggest a WD20EURS and TT BlacX?
yes. as usual it suggested
I had a working eSata setup (Fantom Green Drive 2TB) w/ my HR24-500 until we upgraded recently to a HR34. We still have the original HR24-500 which recorded all shows on the HD. Now we cannot get either receiver to boot with the external drive on a RBR. All we did was add whole home service and made the HR34 the main receiver in the house and now neither receiver will recognize the external HD. I have searched and cannot find the answer; has anyone else had this issue? I can use the USB and look at the drive reformat etc w/ my computer but receivers do not recognize on a RBR. I have even reformatted the drive and still no luck..............
you should power the DVR off, plug in the drive, power the drive on and wait for it to be ready, then power on the DVR. RBR after connecting it is not a reliable way to do it...
Try this: Unplug the power cords of the HR and the external device. Make sure you have the eSATA to eSATA cable in place. Plug in the external device and let it spin up. Plug in the HR and it should recognize the external drive. Don't use the RBR with an external drive attached to an HR. If that doesn't work, you've probably ruined the chip-set in the external enclosure. At this point, I'd take the Fantom (which people have had problems with) apart and put the Fantom's HDD in a more appropriate enclosure or dock.
@HDTVFan, this is me being patient... :lol:
Wow I did not know this. I have had the Fantom for about two years on the HR24-500 w/ no problems and it seemed really quite compared to the HR20-100. I will try this tonight when I get home and report back. Thanks for your patience................
That crack about patience is an inside joke. Didn't mean to stir you up.
No offense taken I really appreciate the help! I have done about a dozen RBR's the last few days and I did not know what else to do.
Well I guess I have probably ruined the chip-set in the external enclosure as I could not get the Fantom to boot off either DVR. Thanks
Don't throw it out. Take it apart and find the HDD and get either a Thermaltake BlackX dock or an Antec MX-1 and put the HDD in whichever you choose (I prefer the TT dock, but the MX-1 works well too) and you should be able to keep your recordings. I've done this several times with external devices that didn't work and the HDDs were fine in each case. I also threw several all-in-one eSATAs, such as yours away before it dawned on me that the HDDs might work. Steep learning curve.
Sometimes you get away with doing things you really shouldn't. The RBR is not an option I use. Better to go with the Menu Restart. Much easier on your equipment. My TT docking stations are usually recognized using that method as were the MX-1s I had before I found the docking stations.
Yea I cant decide if it worth getting a dock for a HD that does not have a good reputation. Although the Fantom has not failed me I now know lots of people have had probs. Thanks again for the suggestions.............
No harm in getting another drive, and trying to copy the old Fantom drive over to it if it was just the enclosure or the electronics of the enclosure that went bad.
Don't know what kind of HDDs they use, but I'd try to save it. Again, the enclosures or docks are the weakest part of the chain. The HDD might give you a few years of service.
I purchased a WD20EURS for use with my HR21-100. Do I need to run wdidle with this drive before installing or am I good to go?
You are good to go out if the box. The hr will format it properly.
Just wanted to add another know working data point for the HR34 - especially if you're looking for an enclosure with fans and not a dock.
I had my HR34 Genie installed on Saturday and after the install was finished, I hooked up a 2TB Western Digital WD20EURS (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042AG9V8/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) in a ThermalTake Max 5 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004G8QETS/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) enclosure. Been running for 3 days now without an issue. Two fans in the enclosure and it's REALLY quiet. The blue LEDs are annoying, but there is a switch on the back of the enclosure to turn off the ones on the side and a piece of black electrical tape took care of the hard drive activity light on the front nicely!
Checking in over two years later. The 2TB WD20EARS drive in a Thermaltake dock has worked flawlessly. Not a single issue! I havent been around, because I havent had any problems.
Thought you might all want to know...
I'll accept this, if you will provide 1) SMART data; 2) scan surface (less then 2 hours task).
MHDD self bootable CD is preferable, but free SW Victoria could done the job under Windows.
If you will not open a hood, you'll never know how your engine doing and when it will crashed.
What is the stock drive in the HR34? I have not looked at new equipment in a while and I must confess that I have installed 2TB drives inside all three of my receivers. It may cost me someday but all have been trouble free.