I bought Philips HDR5710/F7 at Bestbuy.com. I registered an external usb hard drive, recorded to it and was able to copy/move what I recorded back and forth to the units internal hard drive. When I connected the same external usb hard drive to my computer (windows 7 64-bit), it does not recognize the drive.
Can you play back directly from the external HD or do you have to transfer content back to the internal ?
I got lost in all the grousing. I get that the Philips will not burn to an external disc. It also seems that it lacks an optical drive for playback only. Is that correct? That is not a deal breaker because it is not the only recorder in my stack. My Magnavox recorders can also playback my DVDs. I think an optical drive would be a good feature for many people who only want one device.