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Verizon FiOS DVR external hard drive - March 26, 2012, 05:26 AM

Anyone plugged in an external hard drive into your Verizon FiOS box? Seems you have to plug into the eSata port, not USB. Cheapest I can find a USB to eSata conversion is $33, on Amazon. I've checked eBay & Froogle too. Anyone have a better source/solution?
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March 26, 2012, 05:43 AM

i thought those ports were not active on the verizon box. at least that is what i was told long ago. and that may have changed.

you may want to check and see first. might waste money on cable.


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March 26, 2012, 05:48 AM

Are you on the old verizon fios box? Cause they came out with some new ones which have much bigger hard drives in them....if you're just looking to expand your storage capacity. Just request one of the new ones and they'll ship it to you with a return box for your old one.




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March 26, 2012, 06:49 AM

I have the Motorolla 7216. I believe it holds 30 hrs in HD. It looks like the silver ones pictured here: FiOS TV | Compare FiOS TV to Cable TV | Verizon

Is this black one, the new one? https://www22.verizon.com/fiostv/web...F2_E_ZZ_N_X001
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Are you on the old verizon fios box? Cause they came out with some new ones which have much bigger hard drives in them....if you're just looking to expand your storage capacity. Just request one of the new ones and they'll ship it to you with a return box for your old one.
Unless you're a new Verizon customer, you'll need to pay $50 to upgrade to one of the new, higher capacity, boxes. Shitty practice for existing customers, I think....but the added space was needed for us, so we paid.

AFAIK, all external ports on Verizon boxes are disabled...at least on the old boxes they were. Knowing Verizon, it's probably the same for new boxes.


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I have the Motorolla 7216. I believe it holds 30 hrs in HD. It looks like the silver ones pictured here: FiOS TV | Compare FiOS TV to Cable TV | Verizon

Is this black one, the new one? https://www22.verizon.com/fiostv/web...F2_E_ZZ_N_X001
Yep, the black one is the new one. Much faster and a heck of a lot more space.

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Unless you're a new Verizon customer, you'll need to pay $50 to upgrade to one of the new, higher capacity, boxes. Shitty practice for existing customers, I think....but the added space was needed for us, so we paid.

AFAIK, all external ports on Verizon boxes are disabled...at least on the old boxes they were. Knowing Verizon, it's probably the same for new boxes.
Damn, sorry you guys paid, we didn't. We just called and said we wanted the new one, and one guy did say we'd have to pay that, but the next woman said it was bogus and she wouldn't charge us. New box showed up the next day.

I'd call and try and get that $50 credited back to your account.




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THe new os img 1.9 update opened up the ability to add external storage. I have the newer boxes and they work. Not sure on the older ones.

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You need to have the newer black set-top boxes in order to use an external drive. The silver/gray boxes won't work. I have 3 of the 500GB black boxes and have all the space I need for recording shows.

Also, be mindful that when you connect an external drive, all your shows get saved externally first. Once the drive fills up, it will then record to the internal drive. Sorta different from how it should work, IMO.

Lastly, you can't disconnect the drive and connect it to your computer to watch the shows. The format is saved in such a way that you can't make heads or tails of it on a Linux box, much less a Windows machine. And once you disconnect the drive, your shows are lost forever. If you reconnect it, the box will automatically format the drive before using it. Sneaky Verizon.


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