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Drive Usage

From what I observed, the 630 will place the current recording on the drive that has the most free space available. Thus, if the internal drive has 200GB free space remaining while the external drive has 100GB, the 630 will record the current recording on the internal drive.

When an external drive is added, this means the external drive will be used quite extensively until it has no more free space than the internal drive.

Other than temporarily disconnecting the external hard drive (remember to power down the entire unit before doing this), I am not aware of any means by which you can readily override this default.

If you do try to disconnect the external hard drive, just remember that only one external drive can be associated with a 630 at a time. Associating a new external hard drive to the 630 or disassociating an existing external hard drive results in the 630 no longer being able to access the recordings on the old external hard drive. Presumably, this was done to limit the amount of content warehousing (i.e., to placate content owners).
 

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60 hours OR less of HD Video. . . This is an extremely small drive unless 60 hours or less is all you require?

Also check and read the Customer Reviews as only slightly half rate it 5 stars and just about 30% gave it two or less stars. . . Which is a Low rating for any drive! You should take note of this in comparison to other drives!

Comes with a 1 year warranty. . . Again combined with the low ratings and a 12 month warranty, you might want to look at other drives with a much better rating and a much longer warranty.

Finally your link is American which is OK if you’re in the US but if you’re in Canada, after exchange rates, tariffs, taxes, import duties and shipping costs there should be Bigger, Better, Cheaper option available in Canada with Free Shipping~
 

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Give me a break - 1TB 'extremely small' ?? The biggest you can use is 2TB. We record everything except for sports and news. I have a 750gb ext drive, and we have never come close to 50% used.

I am not going to comment on quality and I do agree that you can get decent deals in Canada, but 1TB should be fine, especially if you have nothing now.
 

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Battery back up and replacements

Can you or anyone else recommend a specific model of UPS to buy?
Thanks!
You can also consider Eaton Powerware.

I picked up one a few years ago from these guys and the also sell the ups battery replacements.

They have 2 sites:

Access 8 - Eaton Powerware UPS

Lex Tec - 6V - 12V UPS Replacement Batteries, Battery Packs and Fuses for APC American Power Conversion, Tripp-Lite, Belkin, Powerware, Exide

Reasonable and easy to deal with.
FYI: They're not retail so just Mon-Fri.
 

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I will be receiving a 2TB G-Technology G-Drive tomorrow and will report how well it works.

From what I found, the choices for 2TB drives with eSata are few. The one I ordered (part number 0G00203) has already been discontinued and replaced with a new model with USB 3. Luckily I managed to get an old one. :D
How did the 2GB G-Technologys drive work ?
 

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Good to hear about your continued good experience.
I had some bad luck with my external drive. As a result, I'm fed up with the idea of an external drive.
A new 800 (or whatever) would be a tempting purchase even though my 630 works fine, but it's a bit short of HD capacity.
I have to be careful to keep down the number of shows in the can. :frown

Currently 68% full and has worked flawlessly since day one.

However I doubt you'll still be able to find one.
 

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My pvr 630 has been connected to an external Western Digital hard drive for a couple of years. Yesterday I wanted to replace it with a SanDisk 1TB SSD drive.

When I rebooted the PVR it recognized the new drive and asked if I wanted to format it. I selected "Yes" and got the message that said "Formatting Failed".

I guess I don't understand why this happened and was hoping someone could provide some kind of explanation before I return the drive.
 

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"Compatible "Hard Drive for HDPVR630

I purchased a hard drive from amazon 3 months ago:

https://www.amazon.ca/MiniPro-External-eSATA-Portable-Drive/dp/B01M055JLS

and i have not had any issues. i am definitely recording to the external hard drive as the HDPVR630 was 80% full before connecting and now it is > 50% and i have 483 programs recorded, virtually all HD

i would not recommend the 2TB as it is only 5400 RPM and i am not sure if the 630 supports > 1TB
 

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I wish that external drive was available when I purchased an external drive and a separate power supply. That is a nifty drive with everything included to connect to about anything. And the price is right!

Thanks for posting!
 

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I bought the eSATA Drive

I purchased a hard drive from amazon 3 months ago:

https://www.amazon.ca/MiniPro-External-eSATA-Portable-Drive/dp/B01M055JLS
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i would not recommend the 2TB as it is only 5400 RPM and i am not sure if the 630 supports > 1TB
I ordered the eSATA 1TB hard drive this morning from amazon.ca. The webpage said 1 left - now zero left ;-)

I expect to enjoy the added capacity and I hope this device will have a longer lifespan than my old doorstop external hard drive and power supply.

Now I hope that the 630 itself will keep working and Shaw Direct will again replace it with another 630 when it eventually dies - free warranty.
 

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...How do you connect this to the 630 or 830?
Check item#7 for full information on the 830 user guide at

https://assets.aws.shawdirect.ca/uploadedfiles/shawdirect/content/equipment/2014-08-01-userguide-hdguide-en-v4.pdf

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.
 

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USB3 vs eSATA

The following quote is from an article comparing eSATA and USB. Quite interesting when discussing DVR write speeds. The article is 9 years old. Maybe eSATA is the way to go for DVR per the article. Does the 830 (like the 630) have an eSATA port?

... USB(3) tends to be about 20% faster than eSATA at reads, while eSATA was about 20% faster at writing data to the disk.
https://www.itworld.com/article/2693284/usb-3-0-vs-esata-is-faster-better.html
 

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External Drive Works Fine - Needed 630 Restart

I appreciate the input from ipabrewer about his external hard drive.

It took less than a week to get my 1TB external hard drive from amazon.ca. It was shipped from a USA Amazon location very near Detroit.

It seems to work fine; I recorded a show and it played back just fine. I was amazed that the drive was formatted by the DVR630 in just a minute. The new software update may be the reason.

I left the 630 on, but not recording anything. After connecting the eSATA and power, I used the ON/OFF switch on the drive to turn it on. No reaction from the 630.

After I pushed and held the 630 power button down, the flashing lights on the 630 reacted normally for a restart. Soon the expected Shaw Direct notice popped up to ask my OK to format the new drive. Binggaddy Ding. Perfect.

I'll stick with the 630 because I would miss the time display and the other display uses it provides versus the 830. I hope Shaw Direct keeps them in stock as re-furbs as long as possible for the inevitable internal HD failure.
 
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