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Old 09-20-2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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I spoke to Fios tech support today and was basically told that there IS a work-around to connect an external Hard drive to my multi-room HD Motorola 7216 1 DVR, but that he's not allowed to tell me. He said if I searched online - I'd quickly find how to do it. I did search and didn't find the solution. Can you guys help?
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:51 AM   #2
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Not sure what the tech is referring to. Version 1.9 of their s/w explicitely supports external harddrive expansions to verizon's DVRs. The DVR would need to have an eSATA port, which the 7216 most definitely does. If you don't have 1.9 yet, then you'll just have to wait for it to be rolled out to your market. BTW, you'll know when it's rolled out - the guide looks totally different. They went with a lightish blue color scheme, and they've introduced an HD guide.

Anyway, when you get 1.9, you'll see an option off their DVR menu (I believe that's where it is) to add an expansion drive. Again, not sure why the tech was all secretive - it's part of the latest s/w release, and has been heavily advertized by Verizon.
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I spoke to Fios tech support today and was basically told that there IS a work-around to connect an external Hard drive to my multi-room HD Motorola 7216 1 DVR, but that he's not allowed to tell me. He said if I searched online - I'd quickly find how to do it. I did search and didn't find the solution. Can you
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Seriously ?
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The DVR would need to have an eSATA port, which the 7216 most definitely does.
The motorola 7216-1 does not have the eSATA. I made the mistake of ordering my DVR expander Hard drive without physically checking that the eSATA port existed. I assumed the 7216-1 was the same as the 7216 everyone was talking about.

I would be interested in finding the work around myself. I do plan on upgrading soon, but the current DVR is almost full with shows for my brother. He is currently out of the country.

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P.S.- this is the closest to a work around I can find: http : // www .ehow. com /how_7495315_transfer-hd-dvr-qip-72161.html (I cannot post a url apparently)

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So if I want to attach a Terabyte drive to a 7232 MR-DVR I can go to Tiger Direct or Costco and buy a drive that mentions e-SATA and plug it into the box and I'm good to go with a 1.5 terabyte hard drive?

Is it Plug-and-Play or is there some software re-jiggering I have to go through.

Is the e-SATA cable unique or will just a USB-2 cable do? (My guess is that it will take another monoprice order unless the box come with a cable.)
Do I need "powered" e-SATA cables?

I have the 1.9 upgrade.

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Zip, eSATA is not the same as ethernet or USB, the external Hard-Drive must use eSATA http://www22.verizon.com/Support/Res...ata/129841.htm

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The motorola 7216-1 does not have the eSATA. I made the mistake of ordering my DVR expander Hard drive without physically checking that the eSATA port existed. I assumed the 7216-1 was the same as the 7216 everyone was talking about.
jjedlicka, I have both the 7216-1 and 7232 in my house. I brought my 7216-1 upstairs to compare and those ports look very similar to me. I thought they were the same, but I guess you tried the put the cord in, and it didnt fit. The 7216-1 says "SATA" on the rear, and the 7232 says "eSATA". Anyway.....

SATA and eSATA are electronically identical, IF the back of the 7216-1 truly takes "SATA" , this is your $5 remedy.

http://www.amazon.com/eSATA-SATA-Con.../dp/B000YHZWM0

A "SATA to eSATA" converter cable is all you guys should need, The 7216-1 mystery is now solved.
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For people that may be interested in this, the prices on these things have dropped considerably. The 1 TB drives are now $99 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...cs0010hbk-nevz I might bite the bullet and get rid of one of my DVR's.

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No longer $99.

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Thanks Italian, for that nice Verizon link explaining the ins and outs of adding a drive.
If I ever get to 75% capacity I will throw one on with confidence.

It's too bad that the external drive is automatically used FIRST and THEN the DVR drive. It would be safer the other way around.
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Thanks Italian, for that nice Verizon link explaining the ins and outs of adding a drive.
If I ever get to 75% capacity I will throw one on with confidence.

It's too bad that the external drive is automatically used FIRST and THEN the DVR drive. It would be safer the other way around.
Not necessarily.

If the external hard drive fails and needs to be replaced, you lose whatever is on the external drive, but anything on the internal drive is still there.

If the internal hard drive fails and the DVR needs to be replaced, you lose whatever is on both the internal and the external drive, because as it is currently implemented the external drive is "married" to the specific DVR, and connecting to a new DVR always requires reformatting of the external drive.

Remember that you can easily remove the external hard drive any time you want to record something on the internal hard drive, and then reconnect the external drive. Not the best procedure but will permit you to record on the internal drive if you want.

It would be nice if Verizon would let you select which drive when you schedule a recording, but at least for now you can't.
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Wow, I cant believe it. I wonder if my order threw a flag and it was actually a mistake. I guess I got a good deal, huh?
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Hey guys, FYI, the price is $99 again on Amazon for the WDBABT0010HBK-NESN . LOL WTF !

Its also $99 on BestBuy.com
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I'm seeing that price a lot...nothing extraordinary.

(I think Tiger had a sale last month with a terabyyte e-sata for $89.95+ free shipping <and no tax in New York, of course we will CLAIM the tax in April .>
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