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Genie external hard drive

Did a search here but didn't find the answer.  Of course, maybe I'm focusing too much on definitions.

The DTV web site lists external HDs "recommended" by DTV.  Does that mean only those on the list will work or is it the 'normal' definition of "these have been tested and work?  My reason for asking is I would like to go to a 20TB HD.  OK, OK, not really.  But a 2TB would be nice.  What is the maximum size HD a Genie will accept?  If anyone has tried a larger-than-1TB HD, I'd like to hear the results.  FWIW, my current set up is 2 DTVs.

Did a search here but didn't find the answer.  Of course, maybe I'm focusing too much on definitions.

The DTV web site lists external HDs "recommended" by DTV.  Does that mean only those on the list will work or is it the 'normal' definition of "these have been tested and work?  My reason for asking is I would like to go to a 20TB HD.  OK, OK, not really.  But a 2TB would be nice.  What is the maximum size HD a Genie will accept?  If anyone has tried a larger-than-1TB HD, I'd like to hear the results.  FWIW, my current set up is 2 DTVs.

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Aug 26, 2014 10:22:53 AM
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There is no upper limit on the hard drive size for the HR34/44 Genie DVRs.   Any quality eSATA drive should work.

There is no upper limit on the hard drive size for the HR34/44 Genie DVRs.   Any quality eSATA drive should work.

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Some folks have tested 12TB using RAID without any issues

Some folks have tested 12TB using RAID without any issues

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Aug 27, 2014 2:18:16 PM
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So peds I can connect an external drive, download any content I subscribe to then take the external elsewhere or will it only play through the DTV box? I ask because in the old days there was no external drive connection.

So peds I can connect an external drive, download any content I subscribe to then take the external elsewhere or will it only play through the DTV box? I ask because in the old days there was no external drive connection.

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No, the programs are encrypted to that DVR.

No, the programs are encrypted to that DVR.

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OK, got it. Off this subject it would be great if you could set/delete season series recordings from one DVR on the whole home system between DVR's. I find myself setting series sometimes from multiple DVR's then need to write down what I am recording where then run up and down 2 flights of stairs to delete redundancy.

I have the Genie, a DVR in bedroom on 2nd floor and another in the basement.

OK, got it. Off this subject it would be great if you could set/delete season series recordings from one DVR on the whole home system between DVR's. I find myself setting series sometimes from multiple DVR's then need to write down what I am recording where then run up and down 2 flights of stairs to delete redundancy.

I have the Genie, a DVR in bedroom on 2nd floor and another in the basement.

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Much requested feature, but DirecTV® has never implemented it. However, with the Genie and the minis, now this is possible

Much requested feature, but DirecTV® has never implemented it. However, with the Genie and the minis, now this is possible

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Aug 27, 2014 4:36:59 PM
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So if I switched out my other 2 DVR's to Genie clients, connected an external HD to my Genie my problem would be solved peds without sacrificing storage in the Whole Home? And can record series from the clients to the Genie + external HD?????

If that's the case very disappointed with my installer as I asked that question.

Thanks in advance Peds.

So if I switched out my other 2 DVR's to Genie clients, connected an external HD to my Genie my problem would be solved peds without sacrificing storage in the Whole Home? And can record series from the clients to the Genie + external HD?????

If that's the case very disappointed with my installer as I asked that question.

Thanks in advance Peds.

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Genie clients can't have external drives, the Genie itself can.  There is a trade of.  If you get rid of of two DVRs, you will be loosing 4 tuners. IMO, I would never changed HDDVRs for clients

Genie clients can't have external drives, the Genie itself can.  There is a trade of.  If you get rid of of two DVRs, you will be loosing 4 tuners. IMO, I would never changed HDDVRs for clients

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Thanks again peds. Great advice! Just need to do more diligence on recordings and check them if I happen to be in the basement setting series while a bit drunk...lol. Problem solved!!!!!

Thanks again peds. Great advice! Just need to do more diligence on recordings and check them if I happen to be in the basement setting series while a bit drunk...lol. Problem solved!!!!!

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