Originally Posted by PerfnRestore
Please explain what you meant by setting to a non buffering channel. (I am not recording during these times at night when the HDD goes on/off.)
No, but the DVR only goes into Standby mode when turned Off, it is never fully Off unless you pull the power plug, and may still be buffering content. You don't mention your location, cableco, or software, so it's difficult to tell.
Also, this thread is for general questions to help us point you to the right thread, those mentioned in the First Post and in my signature.
I was under the impression that the HDD was either upgrading SW or defragging or the cable company was looking to see we we all had recorded.
Sometimes it is, especially updating the IPG, and that's why I say "try". But, updating software/IPG happens with or without a DVR, so the HDD is not necessarily being used for that.
There is some info on this in the First Post in the SARA Tips thread (link is in my signature). I suggest you read some of that and, if you have SARA, you can try some of the other tips there.
The reference to non-buffering channels is in the HDD Defrag section. Basically, you find a channel, like a Music channel, that doesn't buffer on your system. This is really just a channel that you can't record or use the FF/REW features. I don't know that we have any such channels here, but then I really haven't checked. I do know I can record the Music and PPV channels here though.
This may put the DVR into defrag mode, but that won't last all night every night and the HDD should stop after awhile. Depending on software, the HDD may spin down when not being used.
BTW, I assume we are talking about a bedroom DVR, though I have never heard mine at night.