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WD 1TB My Book Studio external drive

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I did a few searches in this forum but couldn't find any threads specific to this.

I just bought a WD 1TB My Book Studio external drive. Bought it primarily as a Mac Pro backup drive, but it has a eSATA port. I'm guessing it could work as a PVR external drive, but does it need to formatted in a special way first?

I'm in Cincinnati: TWC, SA8300 HDC DVR/PVR with Mystro/Navigator.

Thanks.
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In general terms a hard drive is a hard drive but...

The PVR/DVR rated or "Tivo certified" drives are designed for DVR use. They are intended to be ran 24/7 and are usually made with better thermal and noise management so they run cooler and quieter then your average external hard drive.

Most if your run of the mill externals are not intended to be ran 24/7 and take the constant "abuse" of DVR use. I ran into this when I replaced my internal drive in my old Tivo. I bought a cheap brand (Maxtor) and the drive failed after two months usage.

That being said, if you look at the Tivo forums you will see many people are having good luck with run of the mill externals, but your mileage may vary.

As for formatting, it depends on the DVR. My Tivo-HD formatted the external when I plugged it in. At least I think that's what is was doing because it took about 15-20 minutes of "preparing DVR extender" before I could use it.
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