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PVR storage space

I got the rogers pvr back in the spring love it. I found though it would be great if I had more HD space for programming. Is there any way to easily increase taping space?  I may have to just deal with  cut off screen when taping in Standard definiton.

 

Would like to hard any reviews or suggestions.

 

 

 

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Re: PVR storage space

You can add recording space to your PVR by hooking up an external hard drive using the eSATA connection on the back of your PVR. Rogers sells their own PVR Extender or you could purchase one from Best Buy.

 

http://www.rogers.com/web/content/personal-about/HDPVRextender

 

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/iomega-shaw-iomega-pvr-1tb-expander-pvr-expand-1tb-io/10171891.a...

 

We have one from Western Digital that works well too.

 

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=360

 

There are a variety of other possibilities so you might look at the following thread:


http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=123790

 

If you own your PVR, you could also upgrade the internal hard drive to one with a larger capacity, but the external device is most likely the simpler route.

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Re: PVR storage space

You can add recording space to your PVR by hooking up an external hard drive using the eSATA connection on the back of your PVR. Rogers sells their own PVR Extender or you could purchase one from Best Buy.

 

http://www.rogers.com/web/content/personal-about/HDPVRextender

 

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/iomega-shaw-iomega-pvr-1tb-expander-pvr-expand-1tb-io/10171891.a...

 

We have one from Western Digital that works well too.

 

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=360

 

There are a variety of other possibilities so you might look at the following thread:


http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=123790

 

If you own your PVR, you could also upgrade the internal hard drive to one with a larger capacity, but the external device is most likely the simpler route.

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Re: PVR storage space

IHR or anyone else.. do you happen to know if there is a LIMIT on the size for the drives?

IE: the PVR will only read the drive being 1tb, if say its a 2tb model?



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Re: PVR storage space

Thanks for the info will have to do some more research. The expander sold by Rogers is not available in my area currently.

Over the summer will watch sales I guess to buy an external hard drive maybe.

 

Any ideas of the best performance and reasonable price hard drive?

 

 

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Re: PVR storage space

What area are you in?

 

I am in NB, and Rogers uses Motorola technology here, if you have a newer PVR Motorola DCX-3400M you can add an external eSATA drive up to 1TB.  I have it setup and it works perfectly.

 

Best Buy still has a drive for $99 plus free shipping:

 

just search for

 

Shaw PVR expander (Shaw uses the same Motorola boxes as Rogers in some areas)

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Re: PVR storage space


@Gdkitty wrote:

IHR or anyone else.. do you happen to know if there is a LIMIT on the size for the drives?

IE: the PVR will only read the drive being 1tb, if say its a 2tb model?


From what I have read, it seems that 1 TB is about as large as you want to go, though some have had success with 1.5 TB. We have the Western Digital 1 TB and it has generally worked well (except when the Rogers firmware updates caused us to lose most of our recordings) and gives us lots of space. Based on price, I would not purchase the Rogers model as it is more expensive than anything else on the market! Of course, if there is a problem, Rogers will provide support for that one, but not for any of the others. I also read where the Shaw PVR expander sold at Best Buy is compatible with the Cisco 8642 boxes.

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Re: PVR storage space

Ah cool

 

Being a tech, i have stuff laying around.  I have a esata enclosure sitting around right now.. so would just have to pick up a decent size drive for it. 🙂

 

Normaly hasnt been an issue, but we are recording more and more HD now.. so its filling up quicker 😞 

 

Do you have to specificaly choose where its recording to? (internal vs external) or does it auto do it?



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Re: PVR storage space

Yes Gdkitty, many people use an enclosure with their own drive. There is a lot of information on this on the digital forum site. 

 

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=23773

 

Once the external drive is formatted (this is done the first time you power up your PVR with the external hard drive attached), the drives are kind of amalgamated into one, so you cannot designate which drive to record on. It is more like you now have one large drive. However, the indexing for the recordings is stored on the PVR internal drive so you cannot reattach your external drive to another PVR and watch your old recordings. Doing this would mean reformatting the external drive. We lost over 100 recorded shows when Rogers had to give us a new PVR due to the old one malfunctioning! You can also not hook up the external drive to your computer (that I know  of) and watch the shows through your computer because of the way the shows are encrypted.

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Re: PVR storage space

Thanks for the info IHR 🙂

I figured about the on the PC, while they are still probably a fairly standard video format, its totaly understandable why they would be encrypted.

THOUGH.. that does give me an idea for helping the person on the other thread.. perhaps.  Now, if you unhook the extended drive, are reboot, does the PVR now think its back to its old size?



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Re: PVR storage space

Once we got our expander, we have never unhooked it so I am not 100% sure what would happen, though I would think your original PVR drive would go back to its original capacity. Also, because the index is stored on the internal drive, I would also assume that shows recorded on the external drive would still be listed, but obviously would not play with the external drive no longer attached.