I am looking for an external HD for a satellite receiver. Lots of HD's but cannot find one that runs at 7200 RPM. If you have done this or know of one please let me know. The requirements for the HD for Bell Expressvu are as follows:
To turn your 6131, 6141 or 6400 HD receiver into an HD PVR , you'll need an external hard drive that matches the specifications listed below.
Many major brands of external hard drives are compatible with the Bell 6131, 6141 and 6400 HD receivers. The minimum requirements are as follows:
7200 RPM rotation speed
Between 50GB and 2TB of capacity
Holds a single hard drive (enclosures holding two disks are not supported)
Plugs into an AC power outlet
Has a USB 2.0 connection
Has no sleep mode (cannot power down when idle
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I bought this one @ future shop on line about 3 weeks ago for my 6131
UltraSpeed 3.5" 500GB External Hard Drive (500GWS)
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If the mfr requirements are to be believed, I would be very careful on this. These requirements preclude any of the "green" drives which are so common now (and so cheap). "Green" means they go to sleep, and spin at anywhere from 5400 rpm down to 4200 rpm.
The kind of drive specified here is about twice as expensive, and NEVER packaged into ready-made USB drives. You will have to buy a bare drive and a USB box. While both Seagate and WD make these drives, they are difficult to find, while the market is flooded with the "green" version. Hitachi, I believe, ONLY makes these drives, and they are more expensive.
I don't own a sat box so I can't comment on whether the "green" drives will work, but I do know that the green drives have been very problematic with RAID setups. What happened is that the drive mfrs REMOVED a logic chip that would tell RAID cards "don't worry, I'm asleep and waking up now", so that the RAID thinks the drive is dead and starts to regenerate the RAID.
If you're willing to take a risk, try the Seagate ST2000DM001 7200 rpm drive. It spins at 7200 rpm, but I can't swear that it doesn't sleep. It DOES, however, respond much better than the WD "green" drive. It's on Amazon for $119.
I have Dish network HD. I have about 7 1T/2T EHDDs from various manufacturers-Books, Toshiba, Acomdata etc.Get the triple/quad interface ones, they're the fastest when transferring to and from the DVR drive-even when you use the USB 2.0.
Just remember, the Ext HDD is for archeiving only. You have to transfer the program to the EHDD to get space on the Internal DVR (if you want to save it), then transfer it back if you want to view it. Also Dish wants $40 (one time fee) to enable the EHDD option. Also, the archeived data is encripted i.e. not accessable without the DVR box. When you first hook up the EHDD it will be formated by the DVR. I have 2 DVR's and I swap the EHDDs between DVRs with no problem.
I use a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue(WD10EALX) with my BTV. As others have pointed out, you don't want a "green" drive that self powers off. The 1TB WD Caviar 7200 RPM drive is $100 at Canada Computers in the GTA. They will ship to you. You will need a case suitable for it so you are looking at abt $140 to get it going. Works great.