Working eSata Setups:

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by houskamp, Jul 14, 2007.

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    RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it's your place to comment on my financial status.
     
  2. sean67854

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    Has anyone ever had an issue with an external drive causing an hr44-200 to turn off. I don't mean lock up or reboot, I mean just turn off. I have the thermaltake esata enclosure with the two fans and a 3tb wd eurx drive and it seems to be making my genie turn off after 45 minutes to an hour. I unhooked the drive and let it the genie run while I was at work and when my wife got home she said it was still on.

    Any advice?
     
  3. sean67854

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    Nevermind, I can get it to do it on the internal hard drive too.
     
  4. Rich

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    OK, deleted that last post. The problem is with your 44.

    Rich
     
  5. sean67854

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    I received a replacement hr44 today. My original was a 200 and this one is a 500. I reattached my external drive and we'll see how this goes.
     
  6. Rich

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    Hope that solves your problem...Nah, it will. I've used all kinds of external devices for many years and never had a problem such as yours. But, I've never used an external device on a 44. I put a 3TB in my HR44-700 and was kinda surprised at what I found inside the HR. Screws loose in the original (the seal had never been broken on the 44, so I'm assuming nobody had been inside it) HDD and the metal cover plate over the HDD wasn't fastened properly. Kinda surprised that a Pace DVR would be put together so sloppily.

    Rich
     
  7. PHL

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    Hoping to get a 44 in a week to replace my 34. Seems like the perfect time to jump into hdd enhancements.

    Other than warranty issues, is there anything bad or problematic about swapping out the internal drive instead of adding an external? My HR will be buried in an entertainment center niche, and an external drive would need to be pushed back to the rear. Problem is that the rear of the unit is adjacent to an exterior wall, and the local temp in this area would probably reach the upper 90s or more in the summer months. At least if the hdd is installed internally, it can draw cooler air through the HR enclosure. Unfortunately, putting an external enclosure near the front of the niche is not an option.
     
  8. PHL

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    Additionaly, I read the post from the gentleman a few years back that had trouble getting a 34/44 to format a 3tb drive. Was that an isolated incident? Or is there a 2tb limit on the genies?
     
  9. inkahauts

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    Genies limit is somewhere upwards of 16tb. ;). Might want to format the disk first to avoid troubles if it's a large drive. Then the unit will reformat it itself.

    I have an owned unit and put a 4tb drive in it and am loving it.
     
  10. hoss713

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    As of 9/2/2015, HR44-500 + 4TB External SATA (WD40EZRX in Vantec NexStar CX NST-300SU)
     
  11. PHL

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    Quick question:

    Is there any difference in the formatting and partitioning of these drives between the HR34 and HR44?

    I have a Directv tech coming out tomorrow to inspect my HR34. I hope to get him to upgrade it to an HR44.

    I have a 3TB WD EZRX and a TT BlackX dock. I'm thinking of hooking it up to the HR34 tonight just to get it prepped in advance for the new HR34/44. I know that the programs are locked to the specific box, so I wouldn't do anything with it other than to test it out and burn it in a bit.

    Any reason not to do this? I don't want to start recording a bunch of stuff and find out that the HDD is a dud.
     
  12. P Smith

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    actually no reason do that,
    the formatting process taking a minute or so and you 'll have full confidence it's done by the new DVR
     
  13. PHL

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    I know it's not necessary, but is there any reason not to do this. I'm currently testing the hdd with some Seagate diagnostic software under Windows. I've got the drive formatted with GPT rather than MBR. I'll just delete the partitions before I connect to the HR and let it do its thing.
     
  14. P Smith

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    then get SMART data (save it for future comapring), run Scan+Remap by MHDD, then check if new SMART data show no sign of quick degradation

    don't worry about your partitions/file system/folders/files/etc - the DVR will wipe out it by itself without hesitation
     
  15. PHL

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    Just adding to the dataset...

    WD30EZRX + TT BlackX dock installed without a hitch and appears to be working flawlessly.
     
  16. hdtvluvr

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    Just ordered a WD40EZRX. Was I supposed to order a WD40EURX? Going to be used with a Genie.


    EDIT:

    Looking at Newegg, they say there is a newer version of the WD40EURX and it is the WD40PURX.

    So which one should I have ordered?
     
  17. Rich

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    I'd stick with the EZRX. I know they work well in or on the HRs.

    Rich
     
  18. hdtvluvr

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    Thanks - I'll leave the order as is.
     
  19. PokerJoker

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    Just to add some more data points to ponder, my experiences this week -

    I prefer to use an enclosure with some built in redundancy in case of drive failure.

    I used to have a Cineraid 4-drive enclosure in RAID5 with 4x3TB NAS drives. AVOID AVOID AVOID, do not use RAID5 boxes, they are usually way too slow. This setup worked, but very poorly.

    Now I have an Oyen Digital Mobius 2-drive enclosure with two WD60PURX 6GB Purple drives in RAID 1 mirroring. This is MUCH more like it, works beautifully so far, and this enclosure is very well made with an internal power supply (no brick) and a quiet fan, unlike some others of its type.

    Expensive, yes (total cost was $625), but worth it to me.

    This is on an HR44-500.

    Keith
     
  20. hoss713

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    I'll bet you meant 6TB... :grin:
     

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