Multiple external hard drives

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  1. Mar 7, 2009 #1 of 18
    Dobe

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    I have a VIP 722. It's almost full. I also have a WD My Book USB 2.0 EHD. It's also almost full. I know I can disconnect the full EHD and replace it with an empty WD My Book, but can I buy a USB hub and switch back and forth between the 2 external hard drives?

    If possible that would be much more convenient than plugging and unplugging each EHD when I want to watch something previously recorded on one or the other. Would something like this work? Thanks. http://www.google.com/products/cata...&ie=UTF-8&cid=11019353761741734391#ps-sellers
     
  2. Mar 7, 2009 #2 of 18
    Dobe

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    Someone else asked this question elsewhere. There didn't seem to be any agreement.

    No answer was given to this last question.
     
  3. Mar 7, 2009 #3 of 18
    ChuckA

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    You can only have 1 drive connected at a time. You can use a hub as long as you power down all but one drive at a time or a switch that makes only 1 drive available from the group. I takes only a few seconds (maybe 10-20) for the receiver to read the directory from a new drive when it comes up.
     
  4. Mar 9, 2009 #4 of 18
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  5. Mar 9, 2009 #5 of 18
    olds403

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    I am using a Kensington USB switch and 2 WD mybook 1T drives with no issues, as has been stated just make sure that only 1 drive is connected to the DVR at a time.
     
  6. Dobe

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    Great info. Thanks.
     
  7. OrangeandBlue33

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    Has there been any rumors as to if/when they will make it possible to have multiple drives connected at once? It seems at one time they had mentioned that capability would be added in the future. I know, it's coming "soon".
     
  8. Tulsa1

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    It really wouldn't matter to me in my case since all mine are always connected
    anyway. I just power up the one I'm interested in using at the time.
    It would be a waste of power and unnecessary wear on the drives
    to have power on all them all the time.
    You can have all the USBs connected at once via a USB hub, just power up
    the one you want to use.
    I'm using X10 modules to turn them on with my remote.
    Even if I accidently turn on two, the DVR just pops up a window saying
    you can only have one. No harm done.
     
  9. ratondeguano

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    I tried the X10 solution but my modules are the old ones with the relays and were too noisy. I end up with a USB powered switch, that can accommodate up to 4 different drives, without the need of using any adapters. it is a 4 x 2 "matrix" type switch, with 4 A female and 2 B female connectors. You can assign any of the four inputs coming into the A ports to any of the two B ports. The key to make it work, is not a assign more than one A port to the B port facing your DVR, since you can only have one EHD connected to a single drive. I am currently using 3 EHD with one DVR and have no issues switching between the different EHDs. No need to power down the EHD, or replug USB cables. It is manufactured by Kensington, model number 33901.
     
  10. olds403

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    Kensington 33901 is the switch I am using with my 2 1T drives, I still have 2 slots open for more expansion. Works great.
     
  11. tnsprin

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    Still reported as being worked. So as you said, its coming "soon".:D
     
  12. OrangeandBlue33

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    Thanks for the info. My receiver and drives are not located in a convenient spot. I guess I'll survive until "soon" arrives.
     
  13. Tulsa1

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    That is a good box. Too bad it doesn't have an option for remote control.
    I don't have any place convenient to park this without an eye sore.
     
  14. olds403

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    I have mine sitting on top of my 722 inside my audio cabinet. I just open the door and push the button for the drive I want.

    On a side note, are we going to be able to sort movies by folders any time soon. With 200 movies on a 1T drive, sorting through them alphabetically is getting old.
     
  15. Tulsa1

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    Version 6.17 gave the 622 and 722 folders for the EHD.
    Just be sure have folders enabled for the internal drive and you will have it
    for the external also. So nice to have this now!!!
     
  16. olds403

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    I just got(or noticed) 6.17 so I will have to check this out, thanks for the info.
     
  17. olds403

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    I have to say that I am underwhelmed by the folders feature of 6.17. The only thing it puts in folders are things with the same name(tv series,or movies that have the same name like Invasion of the body snatchers, original and '78)

    I was really hoping for some way to sort movies by genre, like horror, drama, action, etc... The folder feature does nothing for me, I don't save tv series on my dvr. Unless I am not using it correctly, it only gives me alpha numeric or DVR date for sorting.
     
  18. phrelin

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    Yep, it is not exactly high tech! But since I do record alot of programming for season shifting it offers a little help keeping things straight.
     

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