EXTERNAL DRIVE SETUP
From one of my earlier posts:
Thanks for posting your experiences with the WD10EARX drive LenL. I also ordered a so called "WD10EADS" drive from Amazon/BetterChoice on Friday and, from your experience, am now expecting to receive a WD10EARX drive. So, I'll post something on this thread to confirm that it also works (or does not work) in my case.
So, I did indeed receive a WD10EARX drive, and it works perfectly for me as well. It shows 142 hours and 40 minutes of HD recording time. I also did a hard drive "stress" test by recording on two channels while viewing a previously recorded program - no issues...
I'm not sure if anyone is maintaining the first post on this thread, but I think it would make sense to add that drive as one of the ones known to work as a 1TB replacement. Especially since the WD10EARX is still available while most of the ones listed are not available anymore.
Now, I must say that I went one step further in my installation... Instead of putting the new drive in as a replacement internal drive, I'm using it as an external drive (with no internal drive). I can now easily switch drives (in a matter of seconds) which allows me to still access the content of the original drive, use the new 1TB drive, or any other drive I may want to get in the future.
This is what I got:
- 40" SATA to eSATA data cable (http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=79_82&item_id=015996
- eSATA external drive enclosure (http://www.vantecusa.com/en/product/view_detail/374
Actually, I got two of those external drive enclosures (one for the original 250G drive and the other for the new 1TB drive).
I have the red SATA cable (about 3/8" wide and 1/8" thick) coming out the back of the DVR enclosure through a narrow slit where the top cover meets the bottom part. This is the only link between the DVR and external drive. In this setup, the drive is powered by the external drive enclosure, so there is no need to run a SATA "power" cable from the DVR.
If you were to open your DVR, you would notice that there are two cables going to the hard drive. The SATA "power" cable from the power supply board, and the SATA "data" cable from the motherboard. I am not using those cables anymore: 1) there is no need for the power cable, and 2) the internal data cable was replaced by the 40" SATA to eSATA cable (with the SATA end connected to the motheboard). To emulate the behaviour of an internal drive, I need to make sure the external drive is powered when the DVR unit is plugged in. I simply have the DVR and external drive plugged in the same power bar and leave the hard drive switched "on".
Note that I could have been more fancy and mounted a SATA to eSATA bracket (such as this http://www.buy.com/prod/startech-com-esata-to-sata-cable-with-bracket-1-x-esata-1-x-sata-1ft/208668126.html
) at the back of the unit, which would then have an eSATA to eSATA cable connecting to the drive, but I did not bother (I would need to cut down the length of the bracket and cut a square opening in the DVR enclosure, drill holes, put screws and so on...)
Anyways, if there is any demand, I could follow this up with more detailed instructions (with photos) on how to do this. Note that the most "difficult" part is to get the cover off the DVR. I could not have done it without the "instructions" http://www.avsforum.com/t/1099071/the-official-avs-dish-dtvpal-dvr-topic/4260#post_16292799
. Once the cover is open, the rest is a "piece of cake" as they say.
One last thing, my unit is a CM-7000PAL, but there does not appear to be any differences between it and the Dish DTVPal.