Because, sometimes 200 hours of HD isn’t enough. If you’re a serious DVR user you know that no amount of space will ever be enough. That’s why DIRECTV makes it easy to increase your recording capacity with eSATA. Look at the back of your DVR and you’ll see a port labeled eSATA or SATA. SATA is the technology that underlies all hard drives made today and many external hard drives have a port that lets you connect them directly at faster speeds than you can get from USB.
If you have a hard drive with an eSATA port you can connect it to the back of your DIRECTV DVR, restart the DVR and it will be automatically formatted for your use. That’s all there is to it really. There are a few things you should know, though:
Use the right size drive There is no real limit to the size of drive you can use. Every drive made today is completely supported by DIRECTV DVRs. We’ve heard of people using 8TB drive arrays with success. However, don’t use a smaller drive than you have inside the DVR. 2-tuner DVRs have 500GB drives and Genies have 1TB, so don’t use a drive smaller than that.
You won’t lose your old recordings but… you can’t use both the internal and external drives at the same time so it’s best to watch everything on the drive you have before upgrading, or start with a new DVR before you add anything to it. You can unplug the external and reboot and you’ll get access to the internal drive back, but if you do this a lot you might not have accurate guide data all the time.
Here’s what you can’t do: You can’t have one drive and carry it from DVR to DVR. When you connect a drive to a DVR it becomes paired to that DVR. You can’t connect it to another DVR. Best case, you just won’t get access to those programs; worst case the drive will be reformatted.
By the way… It’s a violation of your DIRECTV Customer Agreement to open your DVR or tamper with it in any way… adding an external drive is the ONLY approved way to upgrade.