External (SATA) Hard Disk Drive (eHDD) Discussions for HDPVR 630 - See post 1 - Page 17 - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums
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post #241 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-04-26, 10:23 AM
 
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If you really like the 630 you should just replace the stock drive after failure. the downside is that you will have to reformat the eSata drive as well
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post #242 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-04-26, 07:01 PM
 
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I have an unlimited warranty on the 630. Bad news to hear that the recordings on the external drive will go away if the internal HDD dies.
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post #243 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-04-27, 12:03 PM
 
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If you really like the 630 you should just replace the stock drive after failure. the downside is that you will have to reformat the eSata drive as well
What kind of drive would be used to replace the 630 internal drive?
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Question Does firmware 56.05 support eSATA hotplug

I was unable to find the original post regarding eSATA hotplug. I did find an old text shown below that referenced the original post.

I wonder since we get the occasional Hydro One power failure.

Does the current firmware release 56.05 support eSATA hotplug?
Maybe this is not relevant to my concern about the reboot of the receiver at maybe not exactly the same time the external hard drive reboots. This is a concern when we go on vacation and expect the recordings to work as expected.

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"eSATA hotplug is not supported in this release, meaning the receiver must be rebooted if a drive is connected or disconnected."

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post #245 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-05-14, 11:03 AM
 
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Yes, hot plug support was added in the software release just after the launch of External Hard Drive support, back in 2012. One of my first software release deployments!
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post #246 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-05-14, 11:25 AM
 
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Interesting. When I connected my new 1 TB external hard drive to the 56.05 PVR630, the connected HDD did not cause the 630 to notice. I held down the 630 on/off button to restart the 630. After it restarted, a screen appeared to notice the HDD and went on to format the drive.
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Ah, I should have clarified - hot plug is enabled only after the drive is formatted to the receiver. A reboot would be required for initial setup, then you're good to go.
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Thumbs up External Drive OK after 630 restart

My wife told me that she was watching a recorded show on the 630 while cruising the guide. The 630 went into re-start. All well after that. The point is that the external drive remained or re-connected with the 630 without the user noticing.
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post #249 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-10-26, 12:14 PM
 
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Question Automatic External to Internal recording

At what percentage of external hard drive capacity will recording start on the internal drive?
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post #250 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-10-26, 01:24 PM
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Per post 7 of this thread, it looks like it works as a single drive. This means that the next recording goes to the drive with more space (percentage-wise) left to keep the drives essentially in balance. IIRC if you have two recordings starting at the same time, one recording will go to each drive.

https://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/11-...ml#post1456293
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post #251 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-10-27, 12:00 PM
 
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pixelization, stuttering...

At what point would the internal, factory drive start to regularily show pixealization, dropouts, stuttering, from being too full on a regular basis - 80%, 90%? I have been getting these errors which I thought were reception-induced errors, but when I cleaned off about 20% of the drive, down to 65% full, things seemed to stabilize. I’d prefer to NOT add an external drive if possible...

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post #252 of 260 (permalink) Old 2019-10-27, 02:52 PM
 
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60 to 65 is probably the max I would push the drive myself. I have seen reboot issues that I would easily attribute to drive when it is 75 - 80% +
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Yeah, that’s what I was thinking as well - reboots happen too when the drive is full. I’ll use 70% as a target.
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Hard drive are typically OK up to about 90% capacity. For best performance it's a good idea to keep them under about 75%. If there are issues below either of those limits, it's probably being caused by hard drive errors, firmware errors or hardware design deficiencies.
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Question Percentage

I reviewed post #7. I saw that 2TB was in spec for the external drive. I wonder what the design spec is for the internal hard drive to take over when the external drive reaches XX% of capacity. The number XX% is my question and I also wonder if the user can select that percentage.

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60 to 65 is probably the max I would push the drive myself. I have seen reboot issues that I would easily attribute to drive when it is 75 - 80% +
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