So, I am looking into purchasing an external hard drive to extend my DVR storage and it sounds like the DVR will format the hard drive for its use. I wanted to know if I could partition the drive so that I could use the external hard drive for the encrypted DVR recordings AND for what ever else I wanted to store. I'm using Dish Network.
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I was thinking about going with Seagate cause they're a whole lot less expensive and I think they're still a good brand. But I was wondering about how the DVR encryption formatting would work with the external hard drive. Cause it'd be cool to be able to use it for more than just DVR recordings.
As long as the cable box information is still on the HDD (info planted on the HDD as soon as you attach it to the cable box OR make a recording to it), you can do whatever you want with the HDD in the meantime. No need for a special or dedicated HDD.
Dish network says this.
While most major manufacturers' external hard drives are compatible, keep in mind the following guidelines when purchasing an external hard drive:
- When using an external hard drive with a ViP 612, 622, 722, 722k, 922, or Hopper, the drive should be no smaller than 50 GB and no larger than 2 TB
- When using an external hard drive with a ViP 211, 211k, 211z or DISH 411, the drive should be no smaller than 50 GB and no larger than 2 TB
- The external hard drive must have its own power supply
- The external hard drive must support USB 2.0
- The external hard drive must not use flash memory and should only be a single-hard disk drive
Don't try to use the drive for other purposes in addition to using it as an expander. You will loose your DVR recordings.
http://www.apricorn.com/product-support/dvr-expansion/apricorn-dvr-expander-for-dish.html It looks like a Dish DVR will reformat the drive if it was previously formatted for a PC, and a PC will ask to format the drive if it was previously formatted by a Dish DVR.