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Old 06-26-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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I have the black HD receiver that records. Is there a way to defrag this unit? It got up to 80% full and we deleted a lot of stuff, bring it down to 50% or so, but it is doing weird stuff ..freezing up, sound problems, taking a LONG time to respond to the remote.
If the answer is no, maybe someone can give a solution. I have reset it with the red button three times just this evening.
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Bama, I would suggest you call D* and they can walk you through it. But remember EVERYTHING will be deleted Like your favorites list etc.
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I did call them.
They are to send a tech out on the 1st.
I did not ask if there was a way to defrag, just told them my issue.

SO ...is there a way to defrag the hard drive within the box, and if yes, will it help a problem like I have? I was kinda hoping against hope, as I do not really want to lose my stuff.

I am pretty computer savy and all, if there is a way to help this. Just really did not know.
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Linux OS's don't require or need defragmentation.
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SO ...is there a way to defrag the hard drive within the box, and if yes, will it help a problem like I have?
Can't defrag the hard drive. The only thing you can do is reformat it.

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I was having problems with recorded programs skipping, pausing, and the DVR rebooted itself once when the recorded program I was watching froze up. I did a reset everything, or clear everything or whatever it's called and it only helped out for a few days or so. Once it started recording to the bad area of the hard drive I was back to skipping, pausing, rebooting. I connected an eSATA drive and it's been trouble free ever since.

I'll eventually buy a replacement drive, take the cover off the DVR and replace the internal drive.
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I'll eventually buy a replacement drive, take the cover off the DVR and replace the internal drive.
I would be careful doing that as you don't own the equipment, Direct TV does. I would call them for a replacement unit.
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I would be careful doing that as you don't own the equipment, Direct TV does. I would call them for a replacement unit.
I have an HR20 and I don't want an HR21 replacement with an AM21 external OTA tuner box.

I know DIRECTV owns the DVR but I paid the lease startup fee for it at circuitcity and it's been installed in my house since october of 2006. The external eSATA drive is working good but it would be nice not having the Esata drive up there on the TV next to the DVR.

DIRECTV is never going to know when I change out the internal hard drive unless you squeal on me. You won't actually know when I do it anyways.
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I have an HR20 and I don't want an HR21 replacement with an AM21 external OTA tuner box.

I know DIRECTV owns the DVR but I paid the lease startup fee for it at circuitcity and it's been installed in my house since october of 2006. The external eSATA drive is working good but it would be nice not having the Esata drive up there on the TV next to the DVR.

DIRECTV is never going to know when I change out the internal hard drive unless you squeal on me. You won't actually know when I do it anyways.
I hope that is the case and it works out for you. But the new hard drive will have to be formatted some way or another and the Direct TV OS installed.
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I'll say one thing for Glenn...

He comes up with some novel ideas !!

(See other posts)

But he seems to forget about some important issues which get in the way of his ideas.

Ehhh, maybe he'll figure out a way to get'er done !!
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I'll say one thing for Glenn...

He comes up with some novel ideas !!

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But he seems to forget about some important issues which get in the way of his ideas.

Ehhh, maybe he'll figure out a way to get'er done !!
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Many people at the DBS FORUM have said they installed a new internal hard drive in the DVR and said the software loaded onto the unformatted hard drive automatically when it powered up. Just like it does when you attach an unformatted eSATA drive.

Maybe you're the one with the
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Linux OS's don't require or need defragmentation.
does my Mac, 21st century technology. Couldn't resist...both are based on UNIX and have quite different storage methodology than Windows.
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does my Mac, 21st century technology. Couldn't resist...both are based on UNIX and have quite different storage methodology than Windows.
Is this first part - does my Mac, supposed to be a question or what ? Couldn't resist...
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Many people at the DBS FORUM have said they installed a new internal hard drive in the DVR and said the software loaded onto the unformatted hard drive automatically when it powered up. Just like it does when you attach an unformatted eSATA drive.

Maybe you're the one with the
But just where is it or would it be loading the software from (hint: the original hard drive operating system)? So once the original is removed it is a brand new game.
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But just where is it or would it be loading the software from (hint: the original hard drive operating system)? So once the original is removed it is a brand new game.
Hint: People at the other forum have done it sucessfully. I'm not making it up, and it's not just a wild-ass theory I came up with so quit trying to punch holes in what you think is some wild fantasy I came up with.

Someone said the basic software(not all the guide data, to do list, etc...) is in a memory chip on the motherboard and is downloaded onto the new hard drive on the first power up.
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