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Not sure if these numbers are still accurate as they were provided to me by a customer a couple years ago when he tested his PVR. Usage when turned on was 33 Watts per hour. Usage when turned off was 30 watts per hour.
Using your 10 cents per kilowatt you are looking at about 8.640 kilowatts per year so it's about 80 cents more to leave it on every hour of every day for a year.

Someone check my math for me please. 3w/hr = 24 w/day = 720w/mnth = 8640w/yr = 8.640kw/yr
A watt is a unit of power (energy/time), so saying watt/hr is incorrect. A watt is one joule (energy) per second.

In terms of household power, units of energy are typically given as kilowatt-hours, or in other words 1000 W × 1 hr.

If the thing uses power at a constant 30 W, then it's always 30 W, regardless of how long you observe it. If you are looking at total energy used, then you would say that in one year, you use

(0.030 kW)×(24 hr/day)×(365 day/yr)×(1 yr) = 260 kW-hr (rounding off)

At a rate of, say, 7 cents per kW-hr, then it will cost about $18+tax in electrical energy to have the PVR.
 

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It would not be 0.030 kW though as that is 30 Watts. We were mentioning it is only 3 additional watts to have the terminal turned on rather than off it should be as follows:
(0.003 kW)×(24 hr/day)×(365 day/yr)×(1 yr) = 26 kW-hr (rounding off)
 

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So progress has been made as to what is causing the issue. From what I recall: The new version of guide checks file allocation while the DCT is turned off or in sleep mode (something the old version did not do). Since the hard drive does not respond (since it's off or sleeping) the DCT thinks it's no longer got a hard drive attached and causes 100% full.
The good news is Pace is taking this info away and will be working at finding a resolution but in the mean time they recommend making sure you do not turn the DCT off and also make sure the Sleep Mode is sdiabled in the User Settings (power then menu options)
So how often does this file allocation checking happen? I ask because I only see the problem from time to time (every few days?) even though the terminal is off (and/or the HDD sleeping) quite often.
 

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Diskspace Full Problem

I too have been suffering with the "100% full" problem on my DC758D, it's been happening every few days for months, both pre- and post firmware update. Just happened again this morning. Sick of it!!!

My sleep mode has always been set to "NO", so not sure where to go from here.

I had thought maybe I had a bad SATA cable, so I changed that, but it sure didn't fix the problem.

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Same, both of ours are set to NO sleep mode. Still need to reset each of them 4 times a week.

These problems have me likely going to Bell as soon as this NHL season it up (Centre Ice subscription).
 

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I'm wondering if built-in power-saving features on some HDD enclosures might be the problem here.
You see — some enclosures have built-in power-saving mechanisms that can't be disabled, no matter what the settings are on your PVR. (I have a Vantec HDD enclosure that does this, so I can't attach it to any of my PVR-type receivers.)
Perhaps this is causing your PVRs to not read the HDD properly and report it to be 100% full.
 

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I'm wondering if built-in power-saving features on some HDD enclosures might be the problem here...
Maybe in some cases, but I'm having the problem while using the Shaw (Seagate) DVR expander (which never seems to turn off).

FWIW, I haven't had the problem since I started leaving my DCT "on" all the time.
 

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Same here. separate expander from the terminal.
No problem since leaving the terminal 'always on'

As a sidenote, however, we've noticed when taping "Lost Girl" on 1 channel (with no repeats) that we're getting 6 episodes of the same storyline per week. We've already deleted the taping and re-scheduled the show but it still continues... Total opposite of what most people have.

Think Shaw needs to start giving these this show "Titles".
 

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We have left Pace 777D on 24/7 for over a week now and have not had the "blue screen of death or BSOD" to use computer slang. However the hard drive is churning all the time and within 3 feet it sounds like a mini thrashing machine. We got our unit about 2 days after Cogeco in Ontario started distributing them so we never had the use of a Motorola box. Scientific Atlanta boxes were used at one time if I remember correctly. Any cable outfit use them in Canada? sailmaker
 

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Have been using the "leave it on" method for the last few days and so far, no problems with the "100% full" issue. :) Definitely recommend it as a workaround, and since there's no more power drawn anyway (as has been discussed), then who cares if it's on anyway.
 

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UPDATE:
Leaving power on seems to be one option for a more reliable unit.

Now feedback from Pace/Calgary indicates leaving the Hard Drive Power Down option set to ON (or Yes) seems to be the latest thinking. Shaw will be putting out an update to pace Summits and Aspens early Thursday morning to change this as a default. Should you notice this option set to YES/ON starting tomorrow please do not change it.
 

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Had the same 100% full issue this morning, got mad and unplugged it. When I plugged it back in I think I got the firmware update... I know it takes awhile for the guide and etc. to come back, however is it normal after a firmware update to not be able to access your recordings until it's downloaded all the new guide information and etc.? When I press the green LIST button it says DVR SERVICE UNAVAILABLE.

Oh and just to clarify, I DO NOT use an external hard drive with my PVR, however I used to put it to standby mode each night. Guess I'll leave it on all night now. Blah. Meanwhile Shaw's stock price is up 20 cents this morning.
 

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leaving the Hard Drive Power Down option set to ON (or Yes) seems to be the latest thinking This is done how??
To update the Hard drive power save mode turn the Pace terminal off then press Menu. The will be a Hard Disk Sleep mode option and you would want to set it to Yes. As mentioned there was supposed to be an update this morning to cghange this as the default for all users..however due to some challenges the update did not go through as planned. no eta for when this will be changed. In the mean time leaving the unit powered on 24/7 seems to be the best option currently.
 

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To update the Hard drive power save mode turn the Pace terminal off then press Menu. The will be a Hard Disk Sleep mode option and you would want to set it to Yes. As mentioned there was supposed to be an update this morning to cghange this as the default for all users..however due to some challenges the update did not go through as planned. no eta for when this will be changed. In the mean time leaving the unit powered on 24/7 seems to be the best option currently.
If you are going to leave your unit on 24/7, the external hard drive will not sleep whether you have the option checked or not, correct? It is my understanding that the HDD sleep mode will only be engaged when the box is turned off and goes into standby mode.
 

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That is my understanding as well. Not all customers have been made aware of the "leave it on 24/7 to avoid issues" so that is why the release will do this.
 

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What about those of us who need to turn the unit off to enable the pass-thru so our kids can watch non-digital channels (like YTV on channel 22), and then forget to turn it back on again? This happens several times per week.
 

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What about those of us who need to turn the unit off to enable the pass-thru so our kids can watch non-digital channels (like YTV on channel 22), and then forget to turn it back on again? This happens several times per week.
Like the Shaw Guru says, you're just going to have to wait for another firmware update like the rest of us.
 
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