Western Digital 2TB drive connected externally to the 530. The system reports 1456SD/364HD hours left available with nothing recorder. Diagnostic R says it recognized 1838GB. Windows reports that the drive now has 2 partitions: an 18.63GB FAT32 partition, and a 1844.39GB RAW partition. Only the 1884GB partition shows up on DIAG R. I’m guessing the system is actually reserving 10% of the total drive capacity for “pause/rewind”. I’ll check it out later after the system has been on for a couple of hours.
Very Important Note From My Experience:
I think I may have fried one of my external USB bays. I believe I put power onto the data post, and perhaps left it there to long (or it may have been just putting it there for a second, who knows.) In any event, in the process of trying to figure out the correct pin-out for the USB connector I tried many combinations and all failed.
This was, I believe, a lack of patience on my part together with plain bumbling.
When looking at the USB connector on the 530 motherboard from the front of the 530 (e.g. where the display is), the USB cable which comes from your external bay must have the wires in the following order, from left to right, Black, Green, White, Red. I was not able to make it work with BWGR, and I think putting Red to either the White or Green position is what fried my bay.
BGWR works! I know it was said in an earlier post.
My setup is as I described earlier, the USB cable comes from the bay through the small round hole in the back of the 530 and then is spliced into an old floppy power connector. Right now I’m actually using a BIX block to make the splice, but I will clean that up. Power to the original 530 hard disk has been disconnected from the mobo, as has the original USB connector.
This means I’ve made no noticeable modifications to the original 530 parts and could put it back together as I received it (my original goal.)
My USB cable is as long as I want it to be, so there’s no problem getting the drive to the front, top, side, or heck, onto another shelf for that matter.
If you have an old dead floppy drive (or heck, one in your current PC that you never use anyway), there’s no need to buy any parts you couldn’t find in Staples/FutureShop/The Source. I used a pair of wire cutters to convince the security screws to come out…which wasn’t easy but it worked and I had them handy. The same cutters cut the floppy power connector (the small 4-pin connector). Cut the end off an appropriate USB cable (fwiw, my two bays each used different USB connectors) and a sharp knife stripped it to expose the 4 wires. Twist the two together (Black to left, then green, white, and red to right) and plug it in.
Options 6-4-9-8-8-6, Confirm, and then call for the authorization hit or use the web site:
Log in to your account on Shawdirect.ca
Customer Login (top of the home page)
Restore missing channels or Pay Per View orders
Note: you can only do that 4 times a day, after that you’ll have to call into the support line to get additional hits…shouldn’t need them.
Now comes the hard part…you gotta wait! I was not able to tell when the hard disk was formatted, but I believe that occurred long before the authorization hit. A support rep told me I would not be able to see the drive under DIAG R until the authorization had occurred, however, I was.
Basically, don’t do anything until the time on the 530 shows accurately. That, for me, is the only way to be sure the system has been authorized.
Options 6-4-9-7-7-1, then right arrow until DIAG R comes up (note that some of the screens are slower than others to come up, so be patient.) You should see the new drive capacity there.
Thanks very much to ARR and all the others who have posted to this thread. Most of what I wrote here is a repeat, but it kind of summarizes the way externally powered and mounted USB removable (even hot swappable) drives can be connected to the 530.
Finally, the Bell 9241 I used to have (until today) was able to accept external USB drives…BUT!...my it would only allow me access to 1.25TB’s of my 2TB drive. So, IMO, Shaw’s 530 has Bell’s PVR’s beat in terms of potential recording capacity.
I’m one happy camper.