...How do you connect this to the 630 or 830?
Check item#7 for full information on the 830 user guide at
I am surprised that the 830 uses a USB2 port since USB3 ports are backwards compatible.
The 630 uses the eSATA port.
QUOTE FROM 830 PDF:
Supported external hard drives must:
•Be connected via USB: Your HDPVR features a USB 2.0 port, but USB 3.0 drives are also compatible.
•Be Externally Powered: Some 2.5" external hard drives may only be USB powered. You must select an external hard drive that comes with its own power supply that plugs into a regular wall outlet. Supported external hard drives should:
•Be rated for PVR or DVR Usage: Hard drives rated for PVR or DVR usage are specifically designed to be quieter, run cooler, and support multiple HD streams being recorded or played back at the same time. They're also made for 24/7 usage, making them the most reliable choice for your HDPVR.
7B. Setting Up Your External Hard Drive
1.Connect the USB cable (it should be provided with the drive you purchased) from the external hard drive to the port labeled "USB" on the back of your HDPVR.
2.Connect the power cable from your external hard drive to a power bar or wall outlet.
3.If your external hard drive has a power switch, turn it on now. Ensure the power or status light illuminates.
4.A setup wizard will guide you through the process of formatting the external hard drive for use with this satellite receiver. This will remove ALL data and partitions on the external hard drive.
5.Formatting will complete within a few seconds and you will be alerted that your drive is ready for use.