Originally Posted by Bryan_CoxPHX
What has the experience been with the conversion with an eSATA Ext HDD with hundreds of saved recordings? Has anyone been in that situation?
It will be interesting to see if my conversion of an 8240HDC goes completely smoothly, on 11/10/10
As I have over 100 recorded shows saved and 57% of 160GB internal + 1TB external HDDs.
I also have dozens of recording placeholders that surely won't be carried over.
Yes. A week or so before the upgrade, I had 156 recordings on my combination of 160GB internal + 1 TB external HDDs, and about 20 series recordings set up. I spent a little time deleting some recordings that I didn't really want to keep, and I deleted some placeholders where I knew there would be no more first-run episodes (like Monk
), just to avoid tempting fate.
During or after the upgrade (I turned the TV on rather late in the reboot, before I powered up the DVR, was getting some displays before the power-up) I got the same sort of message that SATA gave when installing the external drive -- it would be available for recordings, how to power it down or whatever.
After the upgrade, I went through my saved recordings and set the ones I cared about to "save until manually erased". I left a few programs in the default setting, partly just to see what happens because I know in San Diego last month I was slightly surprised that the World Cup games our hosts had recorded evaporated after I recorded a few Man Men episodes and maybe some baseball games.
I now have something like 138 saved recordings, and the DVR reports 21% of the space is for recordings saved until manually erased (red bar); 32% is for recordings that will be automatically erased as needed (yellow bar); 47% estimated free space (green bar). I have tried about a half-dozen at random, and they started OK. Haven't watched anything all the way through, but see no reason to suspect a problem with playing back from either HDD. Curious about how many "bookmarks" the DVR will remember, for the "resume playback" prompt when selected from the list -- assume there's no limit.
I also went through the list I had made of scheduled recordings. Originally, the series manager showed I had nothing scheduled. Back in the main list, some of my old definitions didn't appear at all: they had evaporated, like Mad Men
, I suppose because it didn't appear anywhere in the guide at the time of the upgrade. I touched up each item as needed, and I now have 13 series recordings set up. One of the new ones I thought I had set up didn't record last night, but it was one where I had changed the recording to start two minutes early, and the way it showed in the guide was confusing. Plus, I had recorded a program during the afternoon, had been watching it, but had it paused at the time the other recording was supposed to start. Two other series that were set to record last night worked, so I'd say that after the upgrade, everything has worked pretty much as expected.
One funny thing -- twice now, the DVR has powered up to channel 1 instead of my last channel tuned. That always throws me a little, because I suspect it may mean there has been a reboot, but so far there haven't been any problems resulting that I can see.
Edit -- I assume if AMC shows reruns of Mad Men
at some point, I will be able to slip it back into the mix, since I believe that's what Dave meant in his comment in the other thread -- if a show is in the guide, even if only a rerun, it's possible to select it and set it up for a recording of all new episodes.