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Old 02-22-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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I see there are a few posts about converting the Bell HD box to a PVR using an external hard drive. Is it possible to do the same with a Cogeco HD box (model DCT6200) as well? What would be required to do this?
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:52 AM   #2
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After doing a brief search using Google it would appear that the DCT6200 can be connected to a PC via Firewire and that recordings may then be made on the PC. I did not read enough to find out about an "easy" PVR addition, like teh Bell 6131/6141 uses but this appears to be a way to record the HD.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:57 AM   #3
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see there are a few posts about converting the Bell HD box to a PVR using an
external hard drive. Is it possible to do the same with a Cogeco HD box.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:49 AM   #4
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In short No! The only way to hook up the Cogeco HD model DCT6200 is by the "Firewire" 1394 cable and have some sort of recording software installed on a computer. So far it is only the Bell ExpressVu models that have the ability to record "directly" to an external hard drive.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:29 PM   #5
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HI, I just read an older post, 2009 asking this question, and someone replied NO, but it's 2011 now, and I thought maybe with the new HD receivers it might be possible now. I have a PACE DC550D HD receiver, does nayone know if I can connect an external hard drive and use it as a PVR?

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After doing a brief search using Google it would appear that the DCT6200 can be connected to a PC via Firewire and that recordings may then be made on the PC. I did not read enough to find out about an "easy" PVR addition, like teh Bell 6131/6141 uses but this appears to be a way to record the HD.


OK. really very nice information
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You can connect a DVR to the outputs and just record right to disc. Or, if your video card supports it, you can do the same capture to a PC through firewire.

The program I was trying to get off wasn't recorded in HD, so it wasn't an issue, but I don't think I could pull off an HD program.

Tried USB and outputs that are shutdown with no success.
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The only Motorola cable boxes which allow an external hard drive to be attached for more space are the ones with eSATA connectors in the back of the machine. This would eliminate the DCT6200/6412-I&II series of boxes. The oldest Motorola box with eSATA is the DCT6412-III. The USB connectors will NEVER be activated for this purpose. The Firewire connectors on the older models can be used to download data to Window PC's if you can find the right series of drivers and apps, but it is a convoluted process, only for those who have a fair amount of technical knowledge. And even if you manage to get this set up, it is a manual process to get the recordings off the box, not a simple menu click. Lastly, you cannot simply plug a Firewire external hard drive into the unit to get more space for recordings ... it won't be recognized at all.
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i learned a lot for the info..
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it is only the Bell ExpressVu models that have the ability to record "directly" to an external hard drive.
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Thanks for share the post with us.
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