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#1 OFFLINE   Don M

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:47 PM

I am looking at a Western Digital My Book 3.5" 750GB USB 2.0 (WDG1U7500N) to connect to my 622. Should this work when the USB external HD connection is activated on the 15th? Thanks for any advice.

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#2 OFFLINE   ChuckA

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 03:09 PM

Yes.
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#3 OFFLINE   Rob Glasser

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 04:22 PM

Just to reiterate what was said on the tech chat, any high quality USB 2.0 hard drive with a single internal drive, between 40GB to 750GB should work with this feature.
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#4 OFFLINE   TiVoPrince

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 04:31 PM

Costco
had the 750GB shown on air locally for $225.00. I'm mighty tempted...

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 04:44 PM

more tempting....

http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1177113149365
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#6 OFFLINE   TiVoPrince

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 05:20 PM

more tempting....

http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1177113149365



For $26.00US
I think I like the five year Seagate warranty over the one year Western Digital coverage...

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 05:52 PM

For $26.00US
I think I like the five year Seagate warranty over the one year Western Digital coverage...


A hard drive will fail within the first few weeks or after years of service. WD is a solid brand. your observation, however, is well taken.:D
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 06:38 PM

Costco
had the 750GB shown on air locally for $225.00. I'm mighty tempted...


Last month my local costco had it under $200. I was there today and they only had the 1T drive for a lot more.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 04:21 AM

staples.com has the 500 gig maxtor for $130, free shipping (the same case as the on on tech chat - I don't know the size of the one on tech chat)

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 05:18 AM

A hard drive will fail within the first few weeks or after years of service. WD is a solid brand. your observation, however, is well taken.:D


It seems
that I have had a number of 3 year old drives of various brands go wrong lately. This is probably related more to a historical time when hard drive prices dipped than anything else. Generally I like that long warranty on a product I will abuse like a rented mule, or a DVR hard drive...

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 08:28 AM

I am looking at a Western Digital My Book 3.5" 750GB USB 2.0 (WDG1U7500N) to connect to my 622. Should this work when the USB external HD connection is activated on the 15th? Thanks for any advice.


I can confirm that this very drive works perfectly. Once activated, the drive format took less than two minutes, and after the reboot I was able to start transferring to the external HDD.

Having used the feature all of once, I do have a feature request: it would be so nice to be able to choose "Move to archive" from within a DVR event itself.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 09:52 AM

Beware. many of the MyBooks are coming with Maxtor drives installed in them since WD bought them out last year. I have had 3 Maxtor drives fail in the last 3 years. I won't by one of them again. Seagate and Samsung for me these days.

I will second that. Lost 2 Maxtors very quickly in my HDTivos

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:19 AM

Seagate bought Maxtor. I can not believe WD would use a competitiors drive.

Per this page http://www.seagate.com/maxtor/

"Looking for Maxtor?
You’ve been redirected to this page because Maxtor has been acquired by Seagate Technology.

Read the press release if you’d like to know more about the acquisition.

Please click the links below for information about Maxtor products, support, and the Seagate Partner Program."

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:29 AM

I stand corrected.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:34 AM

Anyone else have opinions on the quality of Maxtor vx Western Digital?

Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 External 500GB Hard Drive at Buy.com - $125 free shipping

Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive at Buy.com - $149 free shipping

25 bucks is 25 bucks. . .

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:37 AM

I have been using external USB Maxtor drives for backing up a number of different machines for many years and have never had a problem with the drives. I use one formatted for Windows and one formatted for LINUX. I have not had one fail in the three plus years I have been using them.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 12:20 PM

What is a "high quality" drive? Or, to ask another way, what is not quality and should be avoided? I assume all the known brands (Seagate, Maxtor, WD, Lacie) are good. I haven't seriously shopped yet, so can I find the noise output level on the box or should I start digging on-line?
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 01:13 PM

Generally here at work we prefer Western Digital drives and one of our customers that supplies the parts and we do the labor of assembly for them and sometimes software uses WD drives too.

We've had problems with Maxtor and Seagate. 5 years warranty is nice but when it takes your shows with it will the warranty make up for the loss of your HD events?

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 01:33 PM

I have a smaller Seagate (160 gb) which I purchased mainly for its reliability and the 5 yr warranty. Been very happy with it! One note on their warranty, is that in the event of failure, they want the HD returned in the original package with no exceptions!

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 02:44 PM

I've never had a bad Maxtor or Western Digital, though I mostly buy WD. Only problem I ever really had with either company... years ago they did not play well together. I tried to install a Maxtor in a system that already had a WD drive in it... and no matter how I configured (primary or secondary) they just didn't like seeing each other in the chain. But each one worked fine by themselved or with like-company.

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