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Has anyone noticed by adding the external hard drive saved the 630 from rebooting occasionally, just wondering because mine reboots always when doing something on the pvr.
 

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I believe the HDMI spec requires that recorded shows be playable ONLY on the original chassis that recorded them. Even if SD kept you waiting a week or so while they transplanted your original hard drive into another chassis that you could hook up to your existing external drive, you would still probably be SNAFUed.

The SD receivers going back to 505 have always been very sensitive on HDMI compliance. Many a time even a non-recording receiver would flash HDCP when connected to my garden variety Sony TV.

The remarkable speed of formatting for the external drive is due to the fact that it's not really being formatted. Those "outlying" sectors are just added to the index map on the internal drive, so you can't unplug the external and then play/copy anywhere else. There's no readily available directory on it.
 

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I bought a Western Digital 2TB Purple Surveillance HD which is made to handle 24/7 continuous use in less than an ideal environment. I bought a Vantec Velocity eSATA/USB 2.0 enclosure because of recommendations.

I was very happy with my external drive for many weeks until recently. The 630 would intermittently act strange in different ways. Shaw sent me a refurbished replacement 630. All was fine for a while, then the replacement 630 started acting weird.

I read somewhere that the HD enclosure I bought would excessively heat. I checked the enclosure several times and found it not to be overly hot until … Wow it was hot as a cheap pistol.

I removed the drive from the 630 and all is now fine with the world except those HD recordings are quickly filling the 630's internal Seagate 320GB drive.

What do you recommend?
 

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It might be a defective stand. I have two Vantec Velocity enclosures that have been in use for 2+ years with no heating issues.

With that said both of my units are well ventilated.
 

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I did the same thing a couple of years ago, tried everything to make the green Fantom one work, no go. Bought a Seagate 2 TB one , works great. Just wish I could move a recorded series to DVD's. Any ideas welcome-----Harv
 

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In previous years, I needed the extra capacity of the external hard drive. The past year, I have not needed that extra capacity since so few new shows are of interest.

I guess that is why this thread has "Petered Out".
 

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We bought an External Hard Drive in 2010, one which has worked with the original Shaw Cable's HD PVR (before the recent models), the Motorola DCX-3400 from Eastlink, and initially worked fine with our HDPVR 630 from Shaw Direct.

However, this week, our PVR has been repeatedly crashing, and only seems to stop when we disconnect the eHDD, which is problematic, since most of our shows are still on the eHDD, a lot of which has not been watched yet.

Now, this may be connected to the most recent firmware update (yes, the one with the Multi-Delete and the changing the Free Preview icon on the Guide for unknown and presumable unnecessary reasons), but I don't know if anyone else has experienced this. We've also deleted a whole bunch of shows during the few times the 630 had it's act together with the eHDD plugged in, but that hasn't made things better. The only other reasons I can imagine is that maybe our house may not have enough power (We live in a hundred year old house out in the middle of nowhere, with just as old wiring).


Is there anyway to fix the current problem, maybe a way to actually have the PVR 630 working with the eHDD without crashing? Or is in not electric power, and the eHDD has just gotten too old?

And if the problem can't be fixed and the eHDD is done for, how could I buy a new one? Will any type of External Hard Drive work, like one designed for a desktop be used and plugged into the 630, or does it have to be one bought for Shaw/Cable/Satellite usage. (Which on a side-note, I can't even find one through the Shaw Direct website.)
 

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External Hard Drives - Not Much Help Available

...The only other reasons I can imagine is that maybe our house may not have enough power (We live in a hundred year old house out in the middle of nowhere, with just as old wiring).

... eHDD has just gotten too old?

... Will any type of External Hard Drive work, like one designed for a desktop be used and plugged into the 630, or does it have to be one bought for Shaw/Cable/Satellite usage. (Which on a side-note, I can't even find one through the Shaw Direct website.)
The external drive and the PVR use very little power compared to toasters, microwave ovens, even a number of incandescent light bulbs. Your electrical wiring is just fine.

Drives are mechanical beasts that break down. You may need a new drive. How is your hard drive enclosure?

If you need a new drive, find one that is designed to work continuously for surveillance or for PVR use.

I truly wish that Shaw Direct would market and warranty an external hard drive for their PVRs! It is hard to locate much on internet searches for help, but keep looking. :nerd
 

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A refresh might solve your issues, you can do it yourself online or by calling Support, and before you speak to someone you will be offered a refresh, this worked for us after the last up-grade. BUT at 6 yrs old both HD & enclosure are old

WE have 4 PVRs and up-graded the externals on all to larger, faster, cooler and quieter drives enclosed by all aluminum eSATA/USB3:0 externals with a continuous fan. All have been running continuous since without issue.

With more than 1,000 files the Multi-Delete was the favourite part of the last up-grade!
 

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Thanks for all the help. We just got a new eHDD from Memory Express (which I recommend to anybody in Vancouver, Alberta or Winnipeg, it was worth the 3 hour trip), which they even set up. Fortunately, we were able to save a number of shows that were left that were still on the 630 itself. The new eHDD contains 2 TB's (actually 1.8 TB according to the info when plugged in), which is an improvement over the 1 TB one that crashed and burned.

And now it's working perfectly fine, and hasn't crashed since the new one was plugged in (although it is interesting to know that PVRs and eHDD actually take up very little energy, you do learn something everyday), and doesn't even delay.

On another note, we found out that the old eHDD was made in 2006, despite being bought in 2010, so I wouldn't have been surprised if it was refurbished or something.

Still once again, thanks for all the help.
 

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I see Visions.ca sells the 630 with a 1, 2 or 4 TB. Vantec eHDD expander. I realize that Shaw says 2 TB. is the max but this is what Visions has. The eHDD is also sold on its own.
 

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Vantec Enclosure - NST-366SU3-BK

Has anyone had any experience using a Vantec NexStar 6G enclosure (NST-366SU3-BK) with the 630? Please note that there are three NexStar 6G enclosures but only one supports eSata externally - the NST-366SU3-BK. Thus, only this one may be compatible with the 630.

It has more bells and whistles than what is needed for the 630 (i.e., supports SATA III drives; uses both eSata and usb 3.0 externally), but these features may be useful for life after the 630 (whether with the 630's replacement or with a computer system). Specs can be found at:

Vantec ? Product

What concerns me is the following blurb from the above link:

"This NexStar 6G is also designed with smart and green features to extend the life of the drive by spinning down when the system goes to sleep thus saving energy when it is not in use."

In these circumstances, I often equate the word "green" with "not compatible with 24/7 use". However, this enclosure appears to be the one that a certain Canadian retailer packages with a 1TB or a 2TB drive as the "Vantec PVR Hard Drive Expander".

Thank you for any insights.
 

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It Can't Breathe

I think you are right to be concerned about that. Also, I note that the website says "Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive". I would be much happier with a vented case. My "Velocity" enclosure makes a similar claim, but it gets real hot. I think it cooked my hard drive.

...What concerns me is the following blurb from the above link:

"This NexStar 6G is also designed with smart and green features to extend the life of the drive by spinning down when the system goes to sleep thus saving energy when it is not in use.".
 

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Has anyone had any experience using a Vantec NexStar 6G enclosure (NST-366SU3-BK) with the 630? Please note that there are three NexStar 6G enclosures but only one supports eSata externally - the NST-366SU3-BK. Thus, only this one may be compatible with the 630. ...
I bought this for my 630:

- Vantec NST-366SU3-BK 3.5 SATA 6GB/S to USB 3.0/ESATA HDD Enclosure
- Western Digital Purple 2TB SATA3 6GB/S Intellipower 64MB Cache 3.5in Surveillance Hard Drive OEM

System is very stable. I plugged this setup one month ago.
 
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