External Hard Drive

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External Hard Drive

I have done some searching and I know that you can not add a external hard drive to the DVR.  I have seen post as far back as 2008 wishing for this.  Anyone know if this is in the works?

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We've heard rumors that they're working on implementing it.

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By the way, i have a new vip2250 and it has an eSATA port on the back, see pic HERE   (not my receiver)

 

This could open the door for people w/ newer DVR's to add a faster HDD in anticipation of this feature.

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To add to SomeJoe7777's post, You can plug in devices to charge with the USB ports; however with some devices your STB will likely (VIP12xx series, untested with 22xx) freeze requiring reboot. Sometimes Windows CE knows a device has been inserted.

 

About USB/eSATA support, for the serious TV junkies they would want to use those ports so why not enable them. mmm offline internal backup

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Is there any news on the development of being able to offload programs from the DVR to an external device. I am still waiting for this, would really love to see it available.  I am amazed more folks aren't screaming for this feature, after all, competetors are using it as a selling point.  Smiley Mad

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Both Brighthouse and Directv recievers have their e-sata ports enabled for the customer to add external harddrives. Having just switched to AT&T Uverse I am totally impressed with the system. Perfection would be obtained with activation of the e-sata port.

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http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html

I've been using this for years...first with Dish now with ATT. 


TroulHawk wrote:

Is there any news on the development of being able to offload programs from the DVR to an external device. I am still waiting for this, would really love to see it available.  I am amazed more folks aren't screaming for this feature, after all, competetors are using it as a selling point.  Smiley Mad


 

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Hi, i see it's been since August that someone posted on this thread. I'm thinking about switching from Directv to Uverse and this is a huge sticking point for me, I have a 1TB eSata drive attached to both of my Directv DVRs and therefore tons of room for recording. It will be really hard to give up that adddtional space by switching and though i want to, it is holding me back.

 

I've seen sightings of an eSata port on Uverse receivers in this forum, any updates on if it has been enabled for external drive functionality yet? Thanks. 

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None right now and AT&T wouldn't announce anything until after it's been released.

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The USB port is for u-verse to use for testing or maintenance ...I wish that we would use it to attach extra storage .
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Wow!!! This is my first post on ATT and it looks like the same issue I'm wondering about has been a VERY LONG-STANDING issue with a lot of people. I guess the first question is whether anyone from ATT is even reading this stuff and, if so, what is so difficult with enabling the USB port for external drive accommodation when other providers are already doing it? Is ATT leading edge or is it not?????

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I had dish and used an external hard drive.  When the drive was first plugged in the DISH DVR did a proprietary reformat that could only be read by the DISH DVR box.  A PC was unable to read and access the drive without a reformat by Windows.

 

ATT customers should not be restricted from adding external hard drives.  We need more space for our viewing pleasure.  This technology is readily available for ATT to utilize and provide for its loyal customers. It is being utilized by other providers and can be attained by ATT.

 

When my ATT tech hooked up my VIP2250 box, he told me that I could use an external hard drive, but I see that it wasn't true which disappoints me.

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My first post to this forum 4 years ago was to confirm what I had read on this forum--you can't--which contradicted what I had been told by an AT&T chat rep (you could).  Nope, still can't use an external hard drive.

 

I'm not sure that the USB ports that are on these boxes were ever intended to be used for anything other than power.  It could also be that the hardware platform would have to spend too much time managing the USB interface for it to be effective.  I don't think we'll ever know.

 

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It is absolutely amazing that Uverse does not provide a basic function most providers have had for a couple of years. Every day I see the competition match or exceed Uverse functions. They do not have an app for windows phone8, which I purchased from AT&T wireless. Uverse please wake up or customers will move on.

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Up until about a year ago I had Dish Network.  Qite happy with it, but looked to save some cash. Only switched because I could save some money with Uverse/Internet. I had 2 Western Digital DVR expanders hooked up via USB port.  As I recall, with On Demand, whether on the Dish Receiver or the DVR expander, you were still limited to a specific amout of time you could watch. After that just as well erase them.

 

I agree that ATT should get the External DVR concept working.  My concern, no matter how large the drive on the Uverse receiver, what do you do if the receiver needs to be replaced?  I am not aware of a way to save any important recordings.  I have a VIP 2250.

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There are posts about buying external equipment to record your shows fromthe DVR.

As the DVR is for temporary storage not permanent, any lose of recordings either by auto delete as HD fills up, factory reset of DVR or required replacement results in loss.

While talk of future possibilities include cloud storage, would suspect only have access to recordings as long as have active Uverse account that is not suspended as this is the current model. Cancel service or suspended service no access to DVR recordings.
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