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chinorider

@verizon.net

[DVR] External HD noise

I have external eSata hard drive on my DVR and it has been working great. However, recently it has started making a 'whirring' noise intermittently. The noise starts 2-3 time an hour whether the we are watching TV or recorded program. The noise usually lasts about 20 seconds. Never did this before.

Any suggestions ??

Thanks


kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2

Does it have proper ventilation? Sounds like it could be a fan going to prevent overheating.


chinorider0

join:2008-08-08
Chino Hills, CA

The noise is the external HD spinning. No fan in the unit that I know of.


billhere

join:2011-10-21
Santa Monica, CA
reply to chinorider

I'd take this up with my eSata drive vendor. It's not a Verizon problem.


chinorider0

join:2008-08-08
Chino Hills, CA

Possibly but it acts like the DVR is accessing the external HD on a random basis. Under 'normal' use of the external HD, there is virtually no sound but once or twice an hour, it sounds like the HD spins up for a few seconds and stops. I confirmed the spinning sound is the external HD



bohratom
Jersey Shore is back again.

join:2011-07-07
Red Bank NJ
reply to chinorider

Does your esata enclosure support "sleep mode"?

Im not sure if the Verizon DVR enables sleep mode for inactive HDs but my PC's esata enclosure will sleep my drive every 30 mins when not in use and it then will spinup (making the noise that you notice) when I access it.


chinorider0

join:2008-08-08
Chino Hills, CA

I don't know if it has a sleep mode or not. It is a Western Digital 1TB unit and it was essentially plug and play with the FiOS DVR. No configuration needed. It never did make this noise until a month or so ago.



Jackarino
YacCity
Premium
join:2006-12-28
Allendale, NJ
kudos:1
reply to chinorider

Mine makes alot of noise as well



keyboards

join:2001-02-14
Doylestown, PA
reply to chinorider0

said by chinorider0:

Possibly but it acts like the DVR is accessing the external HD on a random basis. Under 'normal' use of the external HD, there is virtually no sound but once or twice an hour, it sounds like the HD spins up for a few seconds and stops. I confirmed the spinning sound is the external HD

The DVR is continuously accessing the active hard drive. Whetrher you are watching, recording, or doing nothing. That is how it maintains a one hour buffer for each tuner.
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chinorider0

join:2008-08-08
Chino Hills, CA

Thanks for the info. Is there a way to make the internal HD the active device ?


kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2

said by chinorider0:

Thanks for the info. Is there a way to make the internal HD the active device ?

Nope, by default it records to external HD until full then goes to internal, no changing it.


keyboards

join:2001-02-14
Doylestown, PA
reply to chinorider0

said by chinorider0:

Thanks for the info. Is there a way to make the internal HD the active device ?

As was said it defaults to external.

If you eject and disconnect the external drive it will revert to internal and you can always reconnect the external drive without loss of recordings. A pain in the butt but will cause the internal drive to be active.
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