External (SATA) Hard Disk Drive (eHDD) Discussions for HDPVR 630 - See post 1 - Page 16 - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums
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post #226 of 248 (permalink) Old 2016-11-11, 02:09 PM
 
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Battery back up and replacements

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Can you or anyone else recommend a specific model of UPS to buy?
Thanks!
You can also consider Eaton Powerware.

I picked up one a few years ago from these guys and the also sell the ups battery replacements.

They have 2 sites:

Access 8 - Eaton Powerware UPS

Lex Tec - 6V - 12V UPS Replacement Batteries, Battery Packs and Fuses for APC American Power Conversion, Tripp-Lite, Belkin, Powerware, Exide

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post #227 of 248 (permalink) Old 2017-03-07, 09:03 PM
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I will be receiving a 2TB G-Technology G-Drive tomorrow and will report how well it works.

From what I found, the choices for 2TB drives with eSata are few. The one I ordered (part number 0G00203) has already been discontinued and replaced with a new model with USB 3. Luckily I managed to get an old one.
How did the 2GB G-Technologys drive work ?
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post #228 of 248 (permalink) Old 2017-03-07, 10:08 PM
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That post is from almost 5 years ago and the poster hasn't been on this forum in almost a year, although one never knows...

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post #229 of 248 (permalink) Old 2017-03-08, 10:56 AM
 
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Currently 68% full and has worked flawlessly since day one.

However I doubt you'll still be able to find one.
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post #230 of 248 (permalink) Old 2017-03-14, 11:31 AM
 
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Good to hear about your continued good experience.
I had some bad luck with my external drive. As a result, I'm fed up with the idea of an external drive.
A new 800 (or whatever) would be a tempting purchase even though my 630 works fine, but it's a bit short of HD capacity.
I have to be careful to keep down the number of shows in the can.

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Currently 68% full and has worked flawlessly since day one.

However I doubt you'll still be able to find one.
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post #231 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-03-05, 08:55 AM
 
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My pvr 630 has been connected to an external Western Digital hard drive for a couple of years. Yesterday I wanted to replace it with a SanDisk 1TB SSD drive.

When I rebooted the PVR it recognized the new drive and asked if I wanted to format it. I selected "Yes" and got the message that said "Formatting Failed".

I guess I don't understand why this happened and was hoping someone could provide some kind of explanation before I return the drive.
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post #232 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-09, 07:34 PM
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"Compatible "Hard Drive for HDPVR630

I purchased a hard drive from amazon 3 months ago:

https://www.amazon.ca/MiniPro-Extern.../dp/B01M055JLS

and i have not had any issues. i am definitely recording to the external hard drive as the HDPVR630 was 80% full before connecting and now it is > 50% and i have 483 programs recorded, virtually all HD

i would not recommend the 2TB as it is only 5400 RPM and i am not sure if the 630 supports > 1TB
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post #233 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-10, 10:53 AM
 
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I wish that external drive was available when I purchased an external drive and a separate power supply. That is a nifty drive with everything included to connect to about anything. And the price is right!

Thanks for posting!
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post #234 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-19, 12:02 PM
 
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I bought the eSATA Drive

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I purchased a hard drive from amazon 3 months ago:

https://www.amazon.ca/MiniPro-Extern.../dp/B01M055JLS
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i would not recommend the 2TB as it is only 5400 RPM and i am not sure if the 630 supports > 1TB
I ordered the eSATA 1TB hard drive this morning from amazon.ca. The webpage said 1 left - now zero left ;-)

I expect to enjoy the added capacity and I hope this device will have a longer lifespan than my old doorstop external hard drive and power supply.

Now I hope that the 630 itself will keep working and Shaw Direct will again replace it with another 630 when it eventually dies - free warranty.
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post #235 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-19, 01:58 PM
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Back in stock on April 21st. How do you connect this to the 630 or 830?

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post #236 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-19, 03:55 PM
 
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...How do you connect this to the 630 or 830?
Check item#7 for full information on the 830 user guide at

https://assets.aws.shawdirect.ca/upl...uide-en-v4.pdf

I am surprised that the 830 uses a USB2 port since USB3 ports are backwards compatible.
The 630 uses the eSATA port.

QUOTE FROM 830 PDF:

Supported external hard drives must:
•Be connected via USB: Your HDPVR features a USB 2.0 port, but USB 3.0 drives are also compatible.
•Be Externally Powered: Some 2.5" external hard drives may only be USB powered. You must select an external hard drive that comes with its own power supply that plugs into a regular wall outlet. Supported external hard drives should:
•Be rated for PVR or DVR Usage: Hard drives rated for PVR or DVR usage are specifically designed to be quieter, run cooler, and support multiple HD streams being recorded or played back at the same time. They're also made for 24/7 usage, making them the most reliable choice for your HDPVR.

7B. Setting Up Your External Hard Drive
1.Connect the USB cable (it should be provided with the drive you purchased) from the external hard drive to the port labeled "USB" on the back of your HDPVR.
2.Connect the power cable from your external hard drive to a power bar or wall outlet.
3.If your external hard drive has a power switch, turn it on now. Ensure the power or status light illuminates.
4.A setup wizard will guide you through the process of formatting the external hard drive for use with this satellite receiver. This will remove ALL data and partitions on the external hard drive.
5.Formatting will complete within a few seconds and you will be alerted that your drive is ready for use.
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post #237 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-24, 10:29 AM
 
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Exclamation USB3 vs eSATA

The following quote is from an article comparing eSATA and USB. Quite interesting when discussing DVR write speeds. The article is 9 years old. Maybe eSATA is the way to go for DVR per the article. Does the 830 (like the 630) have an eSATA port?

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... USB(3) tends to be about 20% faster than eSATA at reads, while eSATA was about 20% faster at writing data to the disk.
https://www.itworld.com/article/2693...er-better.html
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post #238 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-24, 01:07 PM
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@RuralRouter an HD Mpeg-4 channel is about 6 Mpbs, so faster speeds won't make any difference.
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post #239 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-24, 03:49 PM
 
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No, there isn't an eSATA port on the 830, just the USB for external drive support.
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post #240 of 248 (permalink) Old 2019-04-25, 03:32 PM
 
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Thumbs up External Drive Works Fine - Needed 630 Restart

I appreciate the input from ipabrewer about his external hard drive.

It took less than a week to get my 1TB external hard drive from amazon.ca. It was shipped from a USA Amazon location very near Detroit.

It seems to work fine; I recorded a show and it played back just fine. I was amazed that the drive was formatted by the DVR630 in just a minute. The new software update may be the reason.

I left the 630 on, but not recording anything. After connecting the eSATA and power, I used the ON/OFF switch on the drive to turn it on. No reaction from the 630.

After I pushed and held the 630 power button down, the flashing lights on the 630 reacted normally for a restart. Soon the expected Shaw Direct notice popped up to ask my OK to format the new drive. Binggaddy Ding. Perfect.

I'll stick with the 630 because I would miss the time display and the other display uses it provides versus the 830. I hope Shaw Direct keeps them in stock as re-furbs as long as possible for the inevitable internal HD failure.
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