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# 40295 28-Aug-2009 08:12
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Hi Guys,

Is it possible to plug in a 320GB Western Digital external harddrive via USB into the Freeview box? Will it record to this or does it have to be a flash drive / dongle?


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  # 251192 28-Aug-2009 08:23
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Which freeview Box?

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  # 251195 28-Aug-2009 08:30
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Sorry I'm looking at a DIGISTAR 811U. Cheers



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  # 251198 28-Aug-2009 08:42
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Im wondering that also - external USB hard drives draw more power than a dongle and not all USB ports supply enough kick. Itd be nice if I could use my 160gb drive rather than having to buy an enclosure with its own PSU....but if need to..... :)

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  # 251203 28-Aug-2009 08:50
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It also depends very much on whether the device supports the USB HDD format or just USB flash drives.

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  # 251226 28-Aug-2009 10:18
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I have been using a WD 250 2.5 HDD on my Vantage HD 6000T/NZ unit for a while now and it works perfectly. It only seems to work with the really short cable that came with the ext HDD (the cable is about 20cm long). Any other USB cable (i.e. one that is the standard 80cm-ish length) doesn't seem to have enough power to spin the HDD. So obviously it is on the tipping point of getting enough power using the short cable, but it seems to work without a problem.

I suppose this doesn't really help with your Digistar question, though it does mean that there are some units that will provide enough power.

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