Allen Park, MI
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Re: [DVR] External DVR Storage
said by teddystacker:1) Its actually eSATA, not Firewire or USB2. I cannot answer if another drive will work that is eSATA. I have the WD DVR Expander.
I am in Metro Philly , and no announcement has been made as when we will be allowed to add a external drive to our DVR's , but would be grateful if someone already using one could answer a couple of questions , so I can get some basic ideas on how this works...
1) Do we have to use their "approved " device or will any USB2/Fire wire drive in a external enclosure work?
2) When you add the extender , do you loose any recordings you already have on the DVR or does the drive just add itself to the pool of space available for recordings? ie if you have a 1TB drive extension , and already have a internal 350gig drive , does this mean you now have around 1.35gb or close available? or does it then forget the existing 350gig disk?
Thanks in advance...
2) I can answer this. My DVR was about 90% full when I plugged in the drive a couple months ago. It then became around 30% full with the addition of the 1TB drive and nothing was lost. I still have all the recordings that were on the DVR unit. When you first plug it into the eSATA port (and plug it in the wall), it asks if you want to format the drive and associate it with the DVR. I understand the drive is there for "overflow." The DVR looks at which device has more room and places the recording on there. Heck, my DVR even got unplugged one time in the last couple months and when it rebooted, it took a minute, but a screen popped up recognizing the external drive and no recordings were lost, so it even works if the DVR gets reset or unplugged (like the internal recordings usually do.)