Originally Posted by m.guedes
Thanks for the reply.
I tried the Sabrent USB-SATA converter, but note the power portion of that converter is actually a 15-PIN SATA power connector.
I powered the USB using a Y- USB connector (regular USB plug + mini USB ), hooked one USB plug to a powered USB HUB, and the HDD is spinning, it is powered and running, but the Magnavox DVDR still doesn't detect it - HDD CONNECT STATUS: NOT FOUND
Well, I did say "like."
Anyway, I believe the external drive needs to get its power from the Mag since the HDD is started up, shut down, spun, recorded to, intermittently buffered
to, etc. via the Mag OS, so I doubt that it can see a HDD that it's integrated power supply/PCB doesn't control, i.e. one that's just constantly spinning independent of the Mag?
Someone on another forum used a Sabrent for his PC but said he was jealous of his buddy who used a Rosewill. Here's one LIKE
the one you might need, says it has a SATA power adapter. Make sure to check the number of pins on the power adapter/cable.
Back when I was talking about doing this, I knew it would be "tricky" with plugs, power, etc. but very much worth it if someone could get it to work! We could also find out if it works at low speed, full speed or high speed (2Mbps, 12Mbps or 480Mbps
) with the Mag.
My computer-averse wife/CFO could dock and undock an external, prepackaged USB HDD, and several brands of those drives are available from a store near me! It's C&C
(Clean & Convenient) like this 2.5" GoFlex® Pro w/Paramount Simple Dock & Case!
According to gm2040 below, the USB-attached drive must be 5V, so you must use a 2.5" HDD LIKE the Hitachi Travelstar 7K500
or the one Auskck used in his dock-and-play system, the 2.5" Travelstar 5K500.B.
Both drives are SATA interface.See this Wiki article
on USB power reqmts, esp. the part on "low-power" devices (such as a 5V 2.5" HDD, which fits the USB power profile perfectly).
Many of these HDDs now come prepackaged w/SW so might have to format FAT32 before attaching?
Note: ALL HDDs are exorbitantly priced and qty-limited right now due to flooding in Taiwan.