Brand new here with a question. I have just had my 9241 receiver replaced with a 9400. I have pvr shows on the 9241 and I also have a second 9241 on another tv....can I use a usb cable to download my pvr content from one to the other? If not, are there any suggestions without having to buy an external hard drive that would allow me to do this?
Thanks for the response folks,
If I connect the old 9241 to my current 9241 via usb cable, will the current 9241 not recognize the old one as a hard drive? Just a thought....I really didn't want to have to purchase an eHD.
Connecting two receivers together will not work. The easiest and most reliable way, by far, is to use an external USB drive. It is possible to transfer programming by removing the drives and installing them in a Linux computer. It's not something I'd recommend. Just get an external USB drive.
I seem to have read that a usb drive was unsuitable for this purpose....that an ac powered external drive was required? I just want to make sure I purchase the right external hard drive for the purpose...I will probably only use it once for transferring the pvr content and then use it with my laptop.
I think that people were probably referring to the USB connection when discussing the drive, not that it was necessarily powered by USB, although I believe some people have used that type, although it's not recommended per the facts link above. You may wish to read the last few pages of the first link in post 2 regarding which drives people have used recently.
USB 2.0 ports do not usually provide enough power to operate a USB hard drive. That's why an externally powered drive is needed. I have seen 2.5" USB drives powered by either a USB 3.0 port or a pair of USB 2.0 ports using a special "Y" USB cable. That's not suitable for use with a 9000 series Bell receiver. Most USB 3.5" drives are supplied with an external power block. USB 2.5" drives may have a power block supplied but it often has to be purchased separately.
Why doesn't Bell make it easier to transfer from one receiver to another receiver.
Why do we have to go through an external hard drive.
Have they ever heard of "USER FRIENDLY".
And why can't we play back the recorded content with anything but a Bell Receiver.
I miss the old VHS recorders. Progress does not always mean better.
And Bell is definitely not a leader in user friendliness - just look at their invoicing process.
Bell is not dedicated to it's customers - it's dedicated to it's share holders.
Agreed. I always liked the way content could be archived with Bell satellite 92xx PVRs and the drive can be moved within the same account. I've never seen a proprietary PVR that allowed the same ability. With other providers, content on the external drive is tied to one PVR and is lost when that is replaced.