Originally Posted by mrmatt001
I have heard that all you have to do is go buy an external hard drive and plug it in via ethernet into the back of your Directv DVR and this will act as your hard drive, My question is a) Is it true? b) do you have to configure your directv box in any way or is it just plug and play? c) any reco's as far as what brand and size to purchase?
Not quite true. You can plug an eSata external hard drive into the eSata port on the back of the HR20.
A lot of people have been getting the Seagate Free Agent 500GB or 750GB. A few places have been having the 750GB model in the $175 - $200 range. You also have to by an eSata cable since the hard drive does not come with one.
The eSata hard drive is used in place of the internal drive. That is, it is not used in addition to the internal hard drive but instead of the internal hard drive.
To add the external hard drive, you stop all recordings on the HR20 and then unplug it. Plug in your external hard drive to the HR20, power up the external hard drive and then plug your HR20 back in. The HR20 will take a while to startup as it formats the external harddrive
. Once it completes the startup, it will look like you have a brand new HR20. You will have to redo all of your Series Links, re-setup your Favorites, re-setup your network if you have one, and anything else I can't think of.
There is a dedicated topic on external hard drives on dbstalk.com
when it comes back up.