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Working eSata Setups:

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

  1. May 7, 2009 #841 of 2284
    dave29

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    I will buy one when they reach the $190-$200 range. I will stick with the 1.5 tb's for now.(for over half the price:))
     
  2. May 8, 2009 #842 of 2284
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    Does anyone know if this drive will work with a HR21-700? I heard that unit can be touchy with ESATA drives. My drive failed and I have been trying to decide what to do about it. Thanks.
     
  3. May 8, 2009 #843 of 2284
    Rich

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    The quote you have on your post is the first post I've seen about the Showcase 1TB. Of course it works well on the 20-700. All the Seagate eSATAs work on the 20-700s.

    Will it work on the 21s? We won't know until someone tries one. I would be inclined to think it would. I have talked to Seagate techs several times in the past couple months and they are trying to make drives that will work with all the HRs. Coming soon is the Seagate 2TB Constellation hard drive.

    What really bothers me is that every time I call Seagate to ask a simple question, I end up on the phone for an hour while a tech asks me what works with what.

    I did have problems with a Seagate 1.5TB Xtreme a few months ago when I hooked it up to a 21-700. Kept freezing up and locking up.

    I do know for sure that a Seagate Barracuda will work with an Antec MX-1 enclosure and any non-RAID Cavalry will work with the 21s.

    Rich
     
  4. May 14, 2009 #844 of 2284
    ColdShot

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    I installed the Seagate Showcase 1TB eSATA drive on my HR21-700 with a failed internal drive tonight. The setup was a breeze and - so far - it is working perfectly. As someone else noted, it is whisper quiet as well.

    Interesting note, when the unit did fire up, the welcome screen advised that my software had been updated on the unit. I suspect that the upgrade is what toasted my drive. That's exactly what happened to my other HR21 several months ago. The unit has been unplugged since the drive failed, and my other unit got this particular update weeks ago, so I really think the unit failed at the time of the upgrade.
     
  5. May 15, 2009 #845 of 2284
    Rich

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    So it works with the 21-700 and we can assume (I know) that it will work with all the HRs. Now if they'd just come out with bigger hard drives. Good luck and please let us know if you have problems of any kind. I'd be particularly interested to know if the HR begins to bog down when you get to or past the 30% Available mark on the Playlist meter.

    Would you mind telling us where you purchased it and how much it cost? I know it is about $160 on Seagate's site.

    Rich
     
  6. May 15, 2009 #846 of 2284
    ColdShot

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    Rich, I just bought it off the Seagate site for about $160. They shipped it to me FedEx Ground and I had it in 3 business days. So far,with only a few recordings, the whole unit seems more responsive and speedier than with the factory drive. If it keeps working without issue and Seagate comes out with a bigger drive, I will likely pick one up for my downstairs HR21-100. Thanks.
     
  7. May 15, 2009 #847 of 2284
    sigma1914

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    I want an eSata so bad for my HR20-700, but have so much crap to watch...I'm at 80% full, all HD except 18hrs of SD.
     
  8. May 15, 2009 #848 of 2284
    Rich

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    Thanx, I had hoped to find them at retail by now.

    A word of advice, if I may,: When you hook up an eSATA to your 21-100, the fan will probably stop (don't know for sure, only have a 22-100 and I don't have an eSATA on it.) I do know for sure that the 21-700 and the 21-200 have the same glitch in them that stops the fan when an eSATA is recognized. I do have three 21-700s with eSATAs on them and as long as you give them plenty of ventilation, you should be alright. Put them in a closed cabinet and they'd probably overheat.

    I suspect that all the 21s, 22s and 23s operate in this way. Your 20-700's fan is still running and you can still get a temperature reading. With the 21s, as soon as the HR recognizes the eSATA the fan will turn off and you will get a temp reading of 77 degrees.

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  9. May 15, 2009 #849 of 2284
    Rich

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    You won't lose the recordings on the internal. You can still hook up an eSATA and just pull the jumper cable that connects the HR to the eSATA and reboot and you can watch the programs on the internal. Hook the jumper back up, reboot and you're back on the eSATA.

    Rich
     
  10. May 28, 2009 #850 of 2284
    mechman

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    IOGear GHE7135S3 works with both HR20-700 and HR21-100.

    Both drives are Seagate 1TB Barracudas. One of which was part of the firmware debacle that plagued Seagate. It has the updated firmware now.
     
  11. May 31, 2009 #851 of 2284
    Rockermann

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    After reading some of the eSata threads, sounds like I got lucky... :eek2:

    I stopped at BB tonight on the way home and picked up a 1.5 terabyte Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme and a Dynex 6' eSata cable. Came home, read the eSata FAQ and started worrying right off. However, I'm happy to report, everything is working as it should on the first boot after installing the drive.

    My installation was as follows: Powered down my HR20-100, connected the eSata cable from the new drive to the DVR. Powered up the new drive, then powered up the HR21. Saw the 'running self check' message, then the 'formatting hard drive' message. After that, all went as normal and now I have a blank my playing list (so I know it's seeing the new drive) and hopefully all is well from here on out.
     
  12. Jun 1, 2009 #852 of 2284
    Rockermann

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    Quick question...

    I'm running on the eSata drive now. If I unplug that and go back to the internal drive to watch a couple of shows that were left there, then go back to the eSata, will it 'reformat' the eSata again? Or will it recognize it as it is and just boot from it?

    Thanks!
     
  13. Jun 1, 2009 #853 of 2284
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    In theory it shouldn't reformat the e-SATA drive but there has been reports in the past of them getting reformatted after forcing a firmware download.
     
  14. Jun 1, 2009 #854 of 2284
    Rockermann

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    Excellent.... thanks! I'll keep my fingers crossed.
     
  15. Jun 1, 2009 #855 of 2284
    Rich

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    I've done that many, many times and it's never happened to me. The sequence you should see with an Xtreme is: First hook everything up and make sure the Xtreme is plugged in. The lights on the Xtreme should NOT come on. Then plug in the HR and when the light comes on in the front of the Xtreme, you know that the HR has recognized the Xtreme.

    Other than making the HR the last thing you plug in, there is no real procedure for hooking up an eSATA.

    Rich
     
  16. Jun 1, 2009 #856 of 2284
    Rich

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    When I force a software download I always shut my eSATA off. No reason to take a chance, the HR will put the proper firmware on the eSATA when you hook it up again. Best to be safe.

    Rich
     
  17. Jun 1, 2009 #857 of 2284
    P Smith

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    Don't worry - never FW been stored to disk for HR models. It's reside in RAM and will disappear after reflashing and reboot.
     
  18. Jun 1, 2009 #858 of 2284
    hobie346

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    I would not go so far as to say it's a safe bet that the OP would not lose his data on the e-SATA if he was to attempt a force firmware download as others have stated in the past that is what has happened to them. I'm not saying that will happen to the OP but that it could. It's best to play it safe and switch back to the internal drive if attempting to download new firmware and then switch back to the external drive. Better safe then sorry. :):)
     
  19. Jun 1, 2009 #859 of 2284
    P Smith

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    Well, the reason is not exist and irrelevant.
     
  20. Jun 2, 2009 #860 of 2284
    Rich

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    But it makes me more comfy to do it with the eSATAs disconnected. And just makes sense. I've never had a problem occur when doing it that way. Permit me my eccentricities, please :lol:.

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