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External Hard Drives That Work

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by HobbyTalk, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Feb 1, 2010 #321 of 528
    phrelin

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    I have 5 WD MyBook Essentials and have had no problems with them. There are a lot of us out here that use them. The tech is ill informed.
     
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    TulsaOK

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    You're too kind. :)
     
  3. Feb 4, 2010 #323 of 528
    elbodude

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    Is anybody here using a potable USB drive with a 622? I am thinking getting a replacement drive that does not have an external power supply, but rather uses the USB port for the power. I tried a 500GB Toshiba, but the 622 did not see it.

    Thanks,
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  4. Feb 4, 2010 #324 of 528
    Tulsa1

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    You cannot use USB powered drives on these DVRs
     
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    elbodude

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    Thanks!
     
  6. Jim148

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    Now that DISH has announced it will remove the limit on EHD size at the end of March, I suppose I may have to look at this again. Maybe a Western Digital of the 2 TB variety. Did the price fo up from $35 to $49 on this?

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=172613
     
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    I am using the WD 1.5T essentials, model number WDBAAF0015HBK-NESN. It is one of the new drives with smartware. It takes about 10 minutes to connect it to the computer and download a firmware update that lets you disable the smartware. After disabling the smartware it will behave like previous versions of the WD essentials drives. I have had no issues with this model after disabling the smartware. If you want to read about compatibility with DVR's of this model google Western Digital, smartware, DVR and you will find discussions of people using this drive with DVR's and PS3's. The smartware must be disabled for it to work properly in this function. I have heard that the WD elements hard drives work well also, I am not sure if they have the smartware or not.
     
  9. JWKessler

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    I was at Best Buy yesterday and spotted a sleek looking 1TB Toshiba PH3100U-1EXB for $99.00 so I bought it. My VIP722 tells me it's unrecognized. Oh Poop!

    I have a 1TB Western Digital connected to my Mac as a backup drive for Time Machine, so I suppose I could swap them. Unfortunately the WD is a Firewire drive (but also supports USB). I paid extra for that feature but won't be able to use it now.

    Does anyone have thoughts on how I might get the Toshiba to work before I do anything drastic?
     
  10. Tulsa1

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    I see a lot of complaints about that drive on Amazon.com
     
  11. Grandude

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    I was at Best Buy yesterday and spotted a sleek looking 1TB Toshiba PH3100U-1EXB for $99.00 so I bought it. My VIP722 tells me it's unrecognized.

    Did you try it on your PC to see if the drive is OK or not there? If bad I would return it immediately or maybe just return it anyway as it doesn't work for you the way you had planned.
     
  12. phrelin

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    I'll offer a suggestion to try based on what has worked for other drives.

    According to one of the user reviews on Amazon, (assuming you have a Windows computer) Toshiba has a fix on the web site to remove the "virtual CD" partition and then you can reformat it to NTFS which apparently takes four hours. This combination should also remove the "sleep" mode according to the review.

    Probably after that the 722 will recognize it and reformat it, maybe.
     
  13. JWKessler

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I took a simpler route instead. I returned the Toshiba drive and picked up a 1TB IOMega Prestige. The IOMega was about $20.00 more, but has the same narrow vertical footprint which lets me tuck it neatly next to the 722. This drive appears to be working just fine for me. It's quiet and runs quite cool. One advantage for home theater users, but possibly a disadvantage for computer users, is the drive activity light is located at the back of the unit on one side. This means you won't see the light if the drive is visible while you are watching your TV.

    I must thank Best Buy for their no nonsense return policy.

    Now I have to figure out why one of my analog audio channels has started cutting out every few minutes since I installed the drive. It's always something.
     
  14. cbjr

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    Can you play a movie directly from the external hard drive or do you have to copy the movie back to the DVR in order to play it? I have a VIP722 and have ordered the WD My Book Essentials 1TB. Thanks for any help!
     
  15. TulsaOK

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    Yes, you can play directly from the EHD. There have been reports of recordings being deleted while viewing from the EHD, so you may want to be careful and not watch anything you may want to keep directly.
     
  16. tabort

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    I have a VIP 722 and want to know how large an external hard drive is it compatible for, I just bought a Western digital 2TB and it formatted just as if it were only a 1 TB harddrive, what gives???
     
  17. olds403

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    There have been reports of that happening. I have a WD 1.5T my book essentials that works correctly, make sure that your 2T drive is a single drive inside the case and not 2 1T drives inside one case. People have tried single drive 2T WD drives and still had problems. Dish is supposed to remove the limit so that the drives larger than 1T(or 1.5 in my case) will work correctly soon.
     
  18. inazsully

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    With you're WD Essential EHD did you have to get rid of Smartware and if so was it difficult?
     
  19. olds403

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    No it was not difficult. I went to , http://acletras.com/2009/09/28/wd-smartware/ This site had instructions and links to the downloadable firmware that allows the smartware to be disabled. It took about 10-15 minutes from start to finish, including reformatting the drive on my computer after disabling the smartware(don't know if it was actually necessary but I did it anyways). This needs to be done before you connect it to your dvr and dish formats it. After following the instructions it is plug and play on your dvr, I have had no issues with mine.
     
  20. inazsully

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    Thanks a lot. I've been kind of waiting for more feed back and info on the EHD's WD has designed and released specifically for DVR back up but I may just go ahead and get the Essentials 1.5 or 2.0.
     

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