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Working eSata Setups:

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

  1. Xsabresx

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    FWIW and for future, I have had one of these connected to my HR20-700 for going on 2 years now. Works perfectly.

    Going on 1 full year with the Fantom G-Force Megadisk 2TB (GF2000EU) connected to the HR23-700 without issue as well (again FWIW)
     
  2. Rich

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    Keep in mind that if the eSATAs should stop functioning correctly, the HDD probably won't be the culprit. You should/might be able to remove the HDD and put it in another external device and it should/might work well. Just a reminder.

    Rich
     
  3. weattv

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    After almost 3 1/2 years being cooled by a small table fan, our Seagate FAP 1T started freezing badly every minute. Followed Rich's suggestion & got the Thermaltake BlacX. After 2 weeks research, prying & pulling, finally got the FAP casing off tonight.

    I don't know what an internal drive looks like, so I don't know how much of the FAP housing to remove before putting it in the BlacX. Do I remove the metal plate on one side, and/or the circuit board on the other side? Or neither?

    Though the FAP drive fits into the BlacX with both of those still attached, I want to avoid the HR20 reformatting the FAP drive if it can't read the FAP fast enough on boot up, because of too many or too few FAP casing parts still attached. Thanks.
     
  4. madcratebuilder

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    Question on HR21-200 and adding ESATA drive.

    I'm looking at a WD20EURS that a friend bought for his gaming system and never opened. He wants to sell this HD for a faster gaming drive.

    I believe this is a AV drive and well work with my HR21. I plan on housing it in a TT Max5. Are there any issues I should be aware of?

    What are the negatives of allowing the HD to be powered up 24/7?

    My cabinet has cooling with a thermostat and seldom goes above 81*F

    Thanks in advance.
     
  5. Jason Whiddon

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    The EURS IS the AV-GP drive that would come in a My Book AV, good HDD.
     
  6. Rich

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    This is what you're gonna see on the label side. The other side of the HDD is just black with some screws in it. Don't touch those screws. When you put the HDD in the TT docking station make sure the label is upside down. The WDs go into the docks with the labels facing front and rightside up so you can clearly read them. The labels on the Seagates (which is what you have) go in with the label upside down.

    Rich
     
  7. weattv

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    Thanks, Rich! On this Seagate FAP HDD, the black side still has a green circuit board attached (see photo).

    Is that board part of the FAP crap you'd earlier said to remove? Some TT photos of drives in the station show the actual silver disc exposed, but other demos show this green board (instead of the disc) when placing the drive in the TT.

    Do I remove the green board?
     

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  8. Rich

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    No, you're good to go now.

    Rich
     
  9. P Smith

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    Why not ? Try and tell us how it's working. :D
     
  10. Rich

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    He had stuttering on audio and video on recorded content. I suggested he record some new content and see if the issues persist. Thought the FAP itself might have compromised the older recordings.

    Rich
     
  11. P Smith

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    I did joking about that idea to remove "green board" before install bare drive into TT dock :).
     
  12. Rich

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    Hard to tell when you're joking...... :lol:

    Rich
     
  13. P Smith

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    That's why I'm adding to such post a smile (laughing face actually) ;).
     
  14. Rich

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    They do help since we can't see each other. I was just reading the other day about how the Net creates problems by not having "face to face" conversations. Something we'll all have to learn to deal with....:)

    Rich
     
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    Arrgghh.. after doing all the research I found that my first HDD choice is out of stock or way over priced due to the floods: Western Digital 2TB WD20EURS. What might be a good alternative 2TB eSATA HDD that may be currently available? I have a HR22.

    Thank you.
     
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    Jason Whiddon

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    2tb EARX.
     
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    Or wait until the prices and or supply returns to normal. This really is not a good time to be buying new HDD's unless its absolutely necessary.
     
  18. Rich

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    When the heart is filled with lust....

    Rich
     
  19. unixguru

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    Been running for about 24 hours with no issues. Have not tried to stress number of streams yet.

    My CalDigit VR had been connected to my old HR20 (which will be on it's way to the recycling heap along with an H20 within the week) for about 2.5 years. A few weeks ago I had turned on "Turbo" mode on the CalDigit and this seems to have eliminated the stuttering I sometimes saw. Anyone using a CalDigit for DVR should do this as it's optimized for video.

    I replaced the pair of 640GB Hitachi desktop drives that came with the CalDigit VR with a pair of Seagate 750GB drives (ST3750840SCE) I had lying around. Note - changing drives in CalDigit drive trays requires small security tamper proof torx screwdriver. Yes, I realize my storage capacity has gone down from what is inside the HR34. I will be getting a pair of 2TB drives in the future.

    My HR34+AM21N+CalDigitVR now await the RVU Client so they can move to my basement where it is cool and the noise won't matter...

    I continue to believe the CalDigit is an excellent product. Nothing like the flimsy consumer garbage that most companies are making these days. You get what you pay for.
     
  20. Volman

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    Can anyone recommend a SATA HDD for use both in a DVR and a PC. I know some are advertised as being made for DVR use. Does this preclude their use in a normal PC situation.I already have enclosure and a couple of working eSATA setups that are great. Just need a dual-use SATA HDD.

    I'd like a 1.5 to 2TB SATA drive. Any recommendations for these uses (a specific model #)?

    Thanks!
    Fred
     

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