HR20 Issues and Differences from Tivo

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by bonscott87, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. The Bad Guy

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    That is great to know. So when I fill up the original HD, I can just plug that one in.
     
  2. newsposter

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    I think that is wonderful...if a drive goes down, the other is there to use right? huge plus if you ask me
     
  3. stevel

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    With the external drive connected, it is as if the internal drive is not there - it does not get used at all. If the external drive is disconnected, it will use the internal drive but it will be in exactly the state you left it when you connected the external drive and you will have no access to the shows on the external drive.

    Conversely, if you "fill up" the internal HD and plug in an external, you lose access to the shows on the internal drive.

    My reference to "JBOD RAID" is to boxes that let you connect multiple drives that looks to the DVR like one drive that has the capacity of the sum of all the connected drives. For example, four 750GB disks gives you 3TB. This does increase the probability of failure, though. If you're going that route, you might be better off with a RAID box that uses some of the extra drives for redundancy and lets you hot-swap a failed drive.

    Series 3 TiVos have a similar capability, but the way they've done it is that the external drive is treated like a second internal drive and is "married" to the internal, adding to the capacity.
     
  4. Sir_winealot

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    Oh, but you've said you just love your HR10 too...don't you? Thanks for the helpful comment. :rolleyes:


    Taker, my family also prefers the TiVo UI. And although none of are crazy about the HR20, over time you will get used to it. Hopefully they continue to make improvements on it and one day soon it will be near bullet-proof.
     
  5. newsposter

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    the unmarried thing does sound great. Total independence. Now i'd only lose 1/2 my shows when it crashes! The only thing that would suck is them not being grouped and having to swap a few around to get what i wanted, but having unlimited storage is something they did right!

    i assume this is hot swappable?
     
  6. stevel

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    Hot swappable? No - you'd have to power down and then reconnect. As far as I know, you can have multiple external drives and swap them in, as long as they're all for the same box. Interesting idea - I hadn't thought about that. It's a way to keep an "archive" of shows you may want to watch someday without keeping them on the active disk.
     
  7. bonscott87

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    Yep, plug it in and reboot.
    Want to go back to internal, unplug and reboot.

    I think there were a couple people that would plug in a "football" eSata drive during football games on Sunday to record their team's games and keep them. Then put a different eSata for "normal" recording. Obviously this only works if you don't schedule any other recordings during the football games.

    Archiving has limited uses in this way but would be easier if you have two HR20's. Dedicate one HR20 to movies and another to everything else. Then you can "archive" multiple HD movies for later viewing on multiple eSata drives. Assuming you have the money to keep buying drives.

    Of course you're hoping these drives don't crash. ;)
     
  8. newsposter

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    Well rebooting sucks but no issues for me since I'd have the archival dream of multiple drives. All Alf shows on one drive lol.

    Plus currently i put things on my panny hard drive and mean to edit and burn to DVD but never have the time. If i just spend 50 bucks on smaller hard drives, it would almost be worth it. I had the dvd crash and lost over 2 years worth of assorted stuff because i never 'got to it'

    id imagine in a proper enclosure/environment the removed hard drive would last a lot longer than any drive currently in the machine.
     

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