Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book AV WDBABT0010HBK
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It Works With Verizon FIOS
20 December 2014
Summary: I have Verizon FIOS and the website as well as Verizon technician recommended only this, 1 TB drive, not anything larger like the 3 TB version because they said that larger size could cause problems. I did the following and it worked well to initiate and connect the drive. 1. Turn off and unplug the power to the FIOS set top box 2. Connect the hard drive in the back of the unit 3. Plug in and turn on the FIOS set top box 4.
Summary: I had to buy this particular unit to work with my TiVo Roamio television DVR. No other external hard disk unit was compatible. Once again I felt cornered by the TiVo product: you have to pay $14 a month to use their record and program guide features but they are admittedly very good. The WD Expander does work properly and is quiet. So it is very satisfactory. It gives me triple the storage of the Roamio alone.
Why did I wait so long to buy this for my FIOS box?
MICHAEL G LUSTIG, Amazon
11 December 2013
Summary: My FIOS DVR holds about 20 hour of HD video. That sounds like a lot but during events like the US Open, it's full in a couple of days. This was the biggest "Officially Supported" external drive tested to be compatible with my DVR. I have no idea if larger drives would work but I don't think that space is an issue any longer. By my estimates, 1TB hold somewhere between 150 and 200 hours of HD video. There's a range because some shows have different compression.
Summary: I bought these hard drives specifically for my FIOS set top boxes. Make sure you have the 7000 series of boxes so it can be compatible with eSATA hard drives. The 1T will give you approximately 120 hours of HD. When you DVR your shows, it will go to the external hard drive first. When your external drive is full, then it will record to the internal drive in the set top box automatically.
Summary: Seems to work fine on my DVR. Upgraded my storage capacity by 200%. Before I ordered the device, I made sure that it was supported by Verizon FIOS. Searched for the device by model number to make sure I got the correct device.
Summary: This box ONLY works with Direct's H-20, H-21, H-23. It does NOT work with the newer H-22-100, or H24-500. I bought this one based on a couple of reviews whereas people said it worked with the HR-24, which is one model I have. Sorry to report, the HR-24 did recognize this model hard drive.
Summary: Connection is about a 5-minute job, but initial boot-up takes awhile. Western Digital instructions are incomplete and fairly useless--just diagrams. Unplug the Tivo power cord. Connect the SATA cable between WD Expander and Tivo. Power on Expander (check for white light in front). Plug in the Tivo power cord. Go to Settings menu on Tivo, then External Storage, then Add. Then, BE PATIENT! It took my unit about 25 minutes to boot and reconfigure everything.
Summary: Three things 1. Your DVR set top box needs to be one of the following models Motorola QIP 7216 Motorola QIP 7232 Cisco CHS 435 HDC Only these Fios Models have a eSATA port to plug your device into. 2. Check your System Information. You find it pressing Menu and then Settings then System Information You need Release 1.9 or higher. As of May 8, 2011 this release is just being rolled out.
Managed to make it work after three days of effort
14 February 2013
Summary: I bought this unit to expand the memory capacity of my Tivo HD unit. My journey started with a chat with Tivo technical support where they informed me that this DVR expander is the only unit they recommend as compatible with Tivo equipment. Placed the order at Amazon and got the unit the next day. Followed the instructions step by step and my Tivo froze. Called Tivo (twice), with no luck in resolving the issue. Called Western Digital: very nice staff but no help either.
Summary: I have a DirecTV HR20 DVR and was frustrated by the limited storage capacity now that the majority of what my family records is HD. I saw the info on the DirecTV web site that listed four "recommended" external drives to add storage, but warning that it is not officially supported. I read other customer reviews and liked the 1 TB Western Digital drive listed on the DirecTV site.