Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My DVR Expander
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Good At First - Corrupted Later
David M. Patry "pvision", Amazon
4 February 2009
Summary: This drive worked great with my HD Tivo at first, but then my Tivo started recording only parts of shows. I went back and forth for months with Tivo and my cable provider and nobody could identify the problem. Eventually during a process of trial and error I disconnected my external hard drive and everything started working again. It took a year for it to crap out, but I feel like a product like this should last more than a year!
Summary: Like the other 40+ reviewers, this was a breeze to install with my TiVo Series III HD. That was 18 months ago, and it's worked perfectly until today. I ran the Kickstart 54 SMART diagnostics, and the external drive has failed. A ton of stored stuff is gone forever (although I may try the trick of freezing the drive and transferring to my PC). 18 months is way too short for the life of an HD drive.
Summary: My plan was to eventually get this expander all along. I have always been a fan of Tivo, and when the right deal came my way I got the new Dual tuner HD Tivo that only recorded 20 hrs in HD. Tivo at the time was selling a larger Tivo with I believe 40 hrs recording in HD for $400-$500. 20 Hours is definitely not enough in my house, and if you are considering this, it's probably not enough in your house either.
Summary: Mine showed up yesterday and I hooked it up with no problems at all. I shut down my Tivo, as instructed, then hooked up the drive and power and restarted the Tivo. The only annoying part of this is that the Tivo will request to restart itself again, a good 5 minute process, but once this is done, the drive is good to go. I'm now set with over 80 hours of HD recording and tons of digital hours.
Summary: Got a new HD set and Tivo HD just before the Olympics. Realized that only 20 hours of HD would not catch all the action. For just a few bucks, I was able to get up to 80+ hours of HD and more SD TV than anyone could ever watch. I hate having to manage space on the Tivo, and with this device, you don't have to. Installation was dead simple. Follow the instructions, plug things in in the right order and is just works.
Summary: Installed on my Tivo Series 3 incredibly easy, I didn't even read the directions and it installed that easy! Gives you 85+ hours of HD recording (which is why I bought it - HD is a major space hog)! Next to my wireless adapter, the best thing you can add to your Tivo!
Summary: I connected my DVR Expander to a SA8300HD (Scientific Atlanta HD-DVR from Time Warner) and had the same positive experience (so far) as ByTheShore did. Turn off and unplug DVR, connect and power up My DVR Expander, power up and turn on DVR, and a couple dialogs later I was up and running.
Couldn't Be Easier - Works With Scientific Atlanta 8300
Da Poppa "Kevin", Amazon
2 July 2008
Summary: What can you say - for a device like this, "scoring" is it easy. It either works as advertised, or it doesn't - this thing works as advertised. It's easy to hook-up/install, or it is not - the directions couldn't be clearer, and it was a snap to hook-up. I have a Comcast DVR Scientific Atlanta 8300HD. I was constantly running into low space issues. No matter how hard I tried to keep up with "house keeping" it always seemed to run at or near capacity.
Summary: This is the same drive that's sold on the TiVo website at a much better price! It works as easily as everyone said it would too! Right away, on the system info screen, it'll tell you about the added capacity but it takes about an hour for the To Do List to catch up so don't panic. If you've got a big home theater set up, do yourself a favor and get a longer eSATA cable, this one only comes with one that is 3 feet long. Happy HD viewing!
Summary: Read about it 10 days ago, sounded like the perfect product that I could not justify not having at around $200. Quick Western Digital order and delivery. Came home an hour early to install. Out of the box, a few plugs in a particular order, and turn stuff on. The Cablevision box acted funny and I thought that this would be a bust. Re-connected and connected 3 times with no apparant luck. Went out for dinner .When I got home--2 -3 hours later, the DVR was running.