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I have a Samsung SMT-H3090 HD/DVR from TWC.

I'd like to add some external memory to the box, as the current 20 hour HD recording capacity is insufficient.

I see that Western Digital has a product called "My DVD Expander". Could I just not use any external hard drive? The Samsung box has an eSATA outlet on the box, and also a USB outlet.

Does anyone have any experience adding an external hard drive to this box? What needs to be done to set up? Is it simply plug and play?
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Originally Posted by ncronfez View Post

I have a Samsung SMT-H3090 HD/DVR from TWC.

I'd like to add some external memory to the box, as the current 20 hour HD recording capacity is insufficient.

I see that Western Digital has a product called "My DVD Expander". Could I just not use any external hard drive? The Samsung box has an eSATA outlet on the box, and also a USB outlet.

Does anyone have any experience adding an external hard drive to this box? What needs to be done to set up? Is it simply plug and play?

Samsung SMT-H3090 - Adding External memory
I have a Samsung SMT-H3090 HD/DVR from TWC.

I'd like to add some external memory to the box, as the current 20 hour HD recording capacity is insufficient.

I see that Western Digital has a product called "My DVD Expander". Could I just not use any external hard drive? The Samsung box has an eSATA outlet on the box, and also a USB outlet.

Does anyone have any experience adding an external hard drive to this box? What needs to be done to set up? Is it simply plug and play?

I have the Samsung SMT-H3090 with 320 GB and purchased the 1TB Western Digital DVR Expander. Many tries to have the DVR Expander format (press A to format) with absolutely no luck. The specifications specify that the 1TB Western Digital DVR Expander works with Tivo and I believe the Scientific Atlanta DVR - no mention of the Samsung. I read and am very skeptical about a contributor in July 2009 who was successful getting the WD 1TB to work with the 3090. I haven't yet (it states that the DVR can't read the filesystem (of the WD).

If someone can provide some assistance, I'm all ears. There is an esata port - so I'm open to purchasing any hard drive or expander that works with the Samsung 3090.

JB
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Any updates?

I had the Western Digital DVR Expander that worked with an SA8300 and when I got an "upgrade" with the Samsung when my 8300 had a problem I lost the storage.

The weird thing is that it shows the capacity as not full, but won't record.

Mike
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Any updates?

I had the Western Digital DVR Expander that worked with an SA8300 and when I got an "upgrade" with the Samsung when my 8300 had a problem I lost the storage.

The weird thing is that it shows the capacity as not full, but won't record.

Mike

I also had an SA8300 which was hooked up to my 500 GB Seagate External eSata drive. The SA830 finally died and Time Warner brought in a Samsung H3090. When I hooked up my external drive, it asked if I wanted to reformat it and I said yes. It reformatted the drive. It shows the drive as being attached and available with its storage but never records to it. The "list" view shows only about 35% of my drive capacity is used but if it gets to about 36% it says drive full and won't record anything else. It sucks because I really need the extra space -- my daughter records many many shows and I like to have a lot of movies and shows available to watch whenever. If anyone figures out a solution post it here.
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I also had an SA8300 which was hooked up to my 500 GB Seagate External eSata drive. The SA830 finally died and Time Warner brought in a Samsung H3090. When I hooked up my external drive, it asked if I wanted to reformat it and I said yes. It reformatted the drive. It shows the drive as being attached and available with its storage but never records to it. The "list" view shows only about 35% of my drive capacity is used but if it gets to about 36% it says drive full and won't record anything else. It sucks because I really need the extra space -- my daughter records many many shows and I like to have a lot of movies and shows available to watch whenever. If anyone figures out a solution post it here.

Pending a fix (and thanks for the comments...), I think I'll move a 8300 box to the family room TV and the Sam to the gym room.

Mike
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