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post #76 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-10-11, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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I am having a similar problem to Tuulum. Post #67

I have a Pace 775 that has “jerky” or “stuttering” playback when using an external drive.
Several months ago I added a Western Digital 500GB (model #WD500AAKS) to my Pace and everything has been working great. Recently playback started freezing (stuttering) every 5 minutes for about 1 minute on random recorded programs.

Got a reset from Shaw, still freezing. Removed my WD hard drive, formatted the Pace and all working fine again for a week now.

Anyone else having issues with stuttering playback?

I am going to replace my WD hard drive and try again...
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post #77 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-11-12, 10:31 PM
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Smile Surgery to get Mybook Home Edition Drive to work with Pace

Just a quick note to those interested. I encountered the same firmware issue with the MyBook 500GB Home Edition. I figured I'd try to salvage the bare drive and put into the Vantec eSATA enclosure mentioned by others here. It worked and now my PACE diagnostic reports that I have 99 hours of HD storage capacity on the external drive. Cheers!
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post #78 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-11-13, 06:18 PM
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Cool External HD

Does the external HD have to stay powered on 24/7?
Or can I turn it off when not in use?
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post #79 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-12-12, 01:58 PM
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Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB

I have tried to get my FreeAgent Pro to work with limited success. I will work for a day or 2 but then the Pace will have a picture for 5-10 seconds then goes away. You can get the picture back by changing the channel but the same thing occurs. If you remove the eSATA drive all is fine. Now lindend has told me that it could be an issue because the drive also has firewire and USB. I've read the list of approved drives and some of those have USB as well. Has anyone really had long term success with a drive? And also a drive that is available in Canada?

It also seems that my Pace was only working because the tech did not reinstall the eSATA drive properly. He must have plugged it in with the Pace on. Once I reinstalled it properly, I ended up with the same problems with the picture and sound dropping off. It is definitely an eSATA problem, or at least originates there. All I really want to do is find a eSATA drive that works with the Pace Tahoe. If I call Shaw I think they will replace the Tahoe but I don't think that will help.

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post #80 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-12-12, 04:03 PM
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post #81 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-12-12, 04:11 PM
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See post 27 of this thread and the link there. The link discusses the various drives that work with the SA8300HD (similar but not identical unit).

The drives that have power management like the mybook and FreeAgent don't work with the SA8300HD since the drives there need to be on 24/7 and they may not play nice with the Pace either (although they are supposed to).

I would like to suggest that the drives outlined in the SA thread are more likely to work with the Pace than buying a pig in a poke.

I believe that the DVR expander does work, although it typically costs more than the "do-it-yourself" solutions that many of us have made using an enclosure and HDD.

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post #82 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-12-28, 11:27 PM
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This may be a dumb question but why won't USB 2.0 or Firewire connections/drives work? Why does this PVR machine have these interfaces if they won't work?
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post #83 of 293 (permalink) Old 2008-12-30, 12:13 AM
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On some STBs these interfaces are either inactive, or used for other purposes - for example firewire to transfer to an HTPC.

Please read the following post and applicable links, useful for those new to the forum:

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post #84 of 293 (permalink) Old 2009-01-02, 02:50 AM
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VERY IMPORTANT esata info for Pace DVR's

New PACE TDC - esata COPY TO PC - and BEWARE of problems
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post #85 of 293 (permalink) Old 2009-01-16, 05:01 PM
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The following drives are tested and will work with Pace DVRs:
  • Western Digital MyDVR Expander (WDG1S5000)
  • Seagate DVR Expander (ST30500SCA109-RK)
  • iOmega DVR (34172)

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post #86 of 293 (permalink) Old 2009-01-26, 01:12 PM
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Drive Added


Thought I would share my experience.

I bought a Seagate ProAgent 750Gb and hooked it up the prescribed way. My Pace PVR recognised the the drive and formatted it. After rebooting my DVR service was unavailable.

So today I bought a Vantex Nexstar 3 enclosure and a Western Digital 750Gb SATA II 7200RMP drive.

Upon restarting my PVR the drive was formatted and then the PVR rebooted.

After it started up it asked me again to format the drive. I selected yes and the drive was reformatted once again.

The PVR restarted and this time it worked. When I was able to access my recordings it changed from 91% to 19%.


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post #87 of 293 (permalink) Old 2009-02-27, 04:21 PM
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External Drive bad then good

I have had my PACE TDC776D from Shaw since January 2009.
First I bought a 750G HardDrive and a Cooler Master X Craft 350 eSATA Enclosure. This enclosure has eSATA & USB, which is not recommended by PACE.
And it worked for about 3 weeks, then it crapped out, the DVR did not see it then insisted on reformatting it.
Also, it was loud.

So I got a Iomega 500GB eSATA DVR Expander Drive from
This has been working fine for a week now. And it is nearly silent (hiding behind my TV stand). And it has a EnergyStar approved AC adapter which is nice because you have to leave the thing on all 24/7.

So all is good, for now. If it dies I will update.

Now a question, I have read/heard about TIVO hacks. Are there any for the PACE? Things like getting Internet TV ( etc) on to it?

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post #88 of 293 (permalink) Old 2009-03-08, 02:31 PM
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Smile PACE HD-DVR TDC 776D Lost External Drive - Lost Forever?!

I am using the PACE TDC 776D DVR from SHAW and have successfully connected and formatted an external eSATA drive (1TB drive in a COOLER MASTER eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure) and it's worked successfully over the past 4 weeks. I had about 100 hours of shows on it.

Last night my DVR froze up and I was forced to do a hard-reboot where I unplugged the DVR for a minute, re-started my external hard drive, then plugged in the DVR. The DVR restarted fine but then no longer recognized my external drive.

It continues to insist I reformat it.

I have not disconnected this external drive, so there is NO reason for the DVR to think it's a new drive. I've actually had to reboot the whole system a few times in the past and every single time the DVR recognizes the external drive.

Does anyone know of a way to reconnect this external drive without the DVR thinking it needs to be reformatted? I REALLY don't want to loose all the shows I've already recorded PLUS I don't want to have to reformat this drive every month simply because my PACE product sometimes get's confused.

Any or all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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post #89 of 293 (permalink) Old 2009-03-09, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bobair View Post
I am using the PACE TDC 776D DVR...
Kill the power to the DVR and hard-drive for a couple of minutes. Connect the hard drive to the back of the DVR, then repower the system.

Give it a couple of minutes, it's worked for me a couple of times.

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post #90 of 293 (permalink) Old 2009-03-18, 11:07 AM
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Thanks George, that's exactly what I usually do. I've discovered it simply won't reset this drive. So I've had to reformat the darn thing, losing all my recordings.

It worked well for another week then again lost the external drive.

I've called shaw and they won't recommend any brands of hard drive because they can't help you fix those drives it they cause problems with the DVR.

I now think it might be the drive, so I'll be ordering one of the PACE approved drives, to see if it makes a difference.
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