Originally Posted by CitiBear
...I do remain completely baffled by such insistence on copying the files to a PC
, in any form, at any cost, even if the files are completely friggin useless once on the PC
...Six years ago a few of the early DVD/HDD models from Pioneer had an undocumented two-way DV connection that could feed video to a PC. Over the last decade the only practical recorder-to-PC hookup to emerge has been the TiVO-HD
, very very popular here with those who want the ease of a dedicated recorder but the option of transferring files to a PC for repurposing (some renegades prefer the similar Moxi recorders). True wireheads eschew any and all external recorders, and prefer to futz around with various video and tuner boards in their PC for direct encoding...
Originally Posted by Kelson
Because eventually the "coolness" of externalizing one's HDDs in lieu of burning archive disks wears off after you have filled up a couple-3-4 and you face the reality that you can't do anything with the content on them except play them on a like box
. The thought of burning off 100 disks from a full 500GB drive is bad enough -- can you imagine being faced with having to do 3 or 4.
Being familiar with the concept of MANUALLY (via disk sector editing tools) retrieving files off of a crashed / corrupt Windows HDD several years ago (mostly an experiment in futility - good for learning though), I subscribed to this thread back in Sept 2010 and have been following it.
I also experimented with MANUALLY (via someone's freeware) pulling shows off a Series 1 TiVo - again, years ago - until one day I read about Lifetime Replay 5040s selling for $150 at RadioShack. Although I initially wasn't impressed with Panasonic's Showstopper (ReplayTV's grandfather, so to speak), I had close to $1000, IIRC, invested in my Series 1 TiVo, with buying the Lifetime and upgrading from one 20GB HDD to two 80GB HDDs so $150 for a 40GB HDD network-able unit WITH LIFETIME was enticing. I bought one for me and one for my Dad. Unfortunately, once I tried it out, Dad never got his and over the years, I bought two more. Add the freeware of DVArchive or WiRNS to the mix, and MPGs appeared on my PC as fast as the under-powered ReplayTV's processor could send them. And, they were playable with VLC! AND, some kind soul modified VLC to skip commercials using the ReplayTV's .NDX file.
So, if the current TiVo-HD works like the old ReplayTV w/freeware, that, IMHO, is the way to go. With my two 2160As, if I record something that I might want to put on 'Mass Storage' (i.e. NAS and/or portable, external HDDs), I can see burning a DVD-RW and then ripping the contents. 400 shows spanning 4 HDDs, no. Real-time copying them to a TiVo-HD HDD (and then downloading to PC) would be my choice if I HAD to have the content of multiple Magnavox HDDs. Then the Magnavox HDDs could be re-purposed (to a NAS) and the Magnavox DVDR could be sold since the TiVo-HD would take over. Add a couple of network-able Media Streamers and you can now watch your shows from multiple locations.
Recently, based on ~10 months of reading, and following Kelson's
documented FAT+ personal experience, I bought a Seagate FAT+ ($40) and a Patriot PCMPBO25 ($50). Both are network-able and play a good number of video (and audio) files, including those created by my ReplayTVs stored on my DVArchive server.