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External Hard Drive Advice

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by Don M, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. Aug 14, 2007 #1 of 180
    Don M

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    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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    ChuckA

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    Yes.
     
  3. Aug 14, 2007 #3 of 180
    Rob Glasser

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    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.
     
  4. Aug 14, 2007 #4 of 180
    TiVoPrince

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

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    Marriner

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    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
     
  8. Aug 14, 2007 #8 of 180
    tnsprin

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    Last month my local costco had it under $200. I was there today and they only had the 1T drive for a lot more.
     
  9. Aug 15, 2007 #9 of 180
    jltv

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    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)
     
  10. Aug 15, 2007 #10 of 180
    TiVoPrince

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    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...
     
  11. Aug 15, 2007 #11 of 180
    Moridin

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    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.
     
  12. Aug 15, 2007 #12 of 180
    Tulsa1

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    I will second that. Lost 2 Maxtors very quickly in my HDTivos
     
  13. Aug 15, 2007 #13 of 180
    TBoneit

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    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."
     
  14. Aug 15, 2007 #14 of 180
    ibglowin

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    I stand corrected.
     
  15. Aug 15, 2007 #15 of 180
    derousse

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    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. . .
     
  16. Aug 15, 2007 #16 of 180
    ChuckA

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    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.
     
  17. Aug 15, 2007 #17 of 180
    BobaBird

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    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?
     
  18. Aug 15, 2007 #18 of 180
    TBoneit

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    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?
     
  19. Aug 15, 2007 #19 of 180
    jcord51

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    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!
     
  20. Aug 15, 2007 #20 of 180
    Stewart Vernon

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    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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