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WDMy Book AV DVR Expander
 
4.7

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (113)
  • Easy to use (101)
  • Large capacity / good size (91)
  • Quiet (91)
  • Compact (70)

Cons

  • No power switch (9)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (98)
  • Video (34)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (68), Casual user (55)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (120)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Other (66), PC (31), Mac (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Expanded my Verizon DVR Quickly and Easy

Wasn't excited when I read that Verizon only recommended a Western Digital MyBook but it does what it is supposed to do, I just hope it lasts as I haven't always had the best...Read complete review

Wasn't excited when I read that Verizon only recommended a Western Digital MyBook but it does what it is supposed to do, I just hope it lasts as I haven't always had the best luck with Western Digital. Everything needed is in the box, you get the drive, a USB cable for connecting to a computer, the VERY important eSata cable, and a light weight but still bulky power adapter. Overall I am very happy with the drive, no need to format or prepare the disk, just connect and power up. My Verizon QIP 7216 recognized instantly and all that was needed was a "yes" click on screen via the DVR remote to enable and I was ready to record. Four stars was given for the large power connector that takes up precious space on my power strip and for the 3 month wait I had for getting it (I recommend calling B and H and special ordering as that was the only way I believe I was able to receive this and it was not as available as most drives online)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does not work with SA8300HD DVR

I purchased the exapnder to use with a DVR supplied by Cablevision, which use the Scientific-Atlanta SA8300HD. Functionally the drive works fine with the box, but there is a hidden fatal flaw that...Read complete review

I purchased the exapnder to use with a DVR supplied by Cablevision, which use the Scientific-Atlanta SA8300HD. Functionally the drive works fine with the box, but there is a hidden fatal flaw that takes some time to discover: When the drive goes to sleep, the box does not spin it back up again, resulting in a box lockup when you power the DVR back on (that takes minutes to recover from) and loss of subsequent scheduled recording. This is a recognized problem with Cablevision, the SA8300 needs a drive that does not go to sleep in order to work properly. Functionally, I have no problem with this (letting the drive spin constantly), however neither the drive manufacturer (Western Digital), Cablevision, or Scientific-Atlanta indicate this anywhere on their respective sites. When I called Western Digital support to explain the problem, they told me there was no way to prevent the drive from speeping. When I called Cablevision, they knew exactly what the problem was before I even finished explaining it. As such, I will be returning the unit. The fault here lies squarly with all parties concerned. WD for not allowing any configurability, and Scientific-Atlanta for some really poor software design. Cablevision should also indicate on their web site, on the page for expanding the DVR, what issues the user may have with these devices, and specifically mention which brands don't work.

I am now searching for another eSATA external drive solution that doesn't go to sleep/spin down.

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4.0

excellent

By dana

from asheville nc

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Compact
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to use
  • High Capacity
  • Portable
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage

    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

    SOOOOO easy to hookup. so much room double the fun.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Other

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    5.0

    Simple set-up; works great with Comcast

    By Cliff

    from Salinas, CA

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage

    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

    The WD MyBook AV DVR Expander was very simple to set-up and worked instantly and seamlessly with my Comcast Xfinity whole-house DVR (Motorola RNG200N). Before hook-up, the DVR was at 90% capacity; after hookup it was at 27%. There are no new controls or menus to worry about, it simply increases your storage capacity.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    4.0

    Working well

    By Anon

    from Pennsylvania

    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

    Connected to my Fios cable box via eSata. A few clicks via the vz box and it was set up as the primary recording device. Seems to be working great. I hope that it lasts for many years.

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    5.0

    Great Buy!

    By David B

    from Arkansas

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage

      Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

      This worked perfectly with my Pace TDC779X DVR. Setup was a breeze. Has been operating without a hitch. Gave me way more space than my DVR alone. Great Price too.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Other

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      5.0

      works great

      By itzmary2u

      from Arkansas

      Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

      Fast shipping. Works great!

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      5.0

      Great Product

      By Mike

      from El Paso, TX

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage

        Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

        This item worked exactly as described. Hooked it up in no time to my Tivo Roamio Plus in no time. I'd buy it again. My 1TB plus moved instantly to 2TB which is plenty for the average user. I would buy it again without hesitation if I needed to buy one for a different DVR.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Other

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        5.0

        I have 24 AVR DVR 1TB Expanders by WD

        By RabbitSr

        from Beltsville, MD

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Video

          Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

          I use the 1TB DVR Expanders to store my Security Video's. I download 4/day unless there are other camera's I need to download. I am a self appointed "Neighborhood Watch" person who say's "NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD". I especially like your price do to the fact that I'm on Disability Income.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Plug and Play. It's that easy!

          By Mic Mason

          from Baltimore, MD

          Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

          Connect the My Book DVR Expander to power and your cable box with the included cable, turn on you TV, and hit yes when it asks if you want to format the new drive. That's it!

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          5.0

          Use the product with a Tivo Premiere DVR

          By RandMC_

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage

            Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

            I use the product with a TiVo Premiere to get more space to record my tv programs I love to watch.

            It was easy to set up came with a card for how to set it up with a tivo, also works with dish and DirecTV DVRs as well, it may be hard to get because the company Western Digital may not directly sell it but B&H had it and it was worth the money.

            What's not great about it, nothing really.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Sheri

            from San Diego area

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • No Power Switch

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage

            Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

            I use Tivo a lot and having the expander is a definate plus in getting so much more recording space, easy to install. Great product.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Nice storage expansion for TIVO

            By Michael

            from Newton, MA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • High Capacity

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

              Setup was very easy. It quadrupled the storage space for our TIVO. I would buy again, especially from B&H, because the price was right and no sales tax.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Supreme!

              By Jmb

              from Maryland

              Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

              Unbelievably easy to set up. Reliable. Quality. Only wish there were additional size choices. One TB is a lot of space but would like option of choosing 2 or 3 TB.

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              4.0

              Verizon DVR expander

              By Fixittech

              from Princeton, nj

              Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

              This hard drive when plugged into my DVR while both on where recognized immediately and works fine.

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              5.0

              Great addition to my DVR

              By Rich in Auburn CA ... Go Sharks!

              from Auburn CA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage

                Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                I've got a new HD DVR from my cable company, and have had it for about 6 months. The DVR was getting full regularly, so much so that I needed to clear out saved programs every week. I found this expander, and it works exactly as advertised. Just plugged it in to my DVR's eSATA port, and the DVR saw it, formatted it, and within 30 minutes my DVR went from 95% full to 25% full. So far, I'd highly recommend it.I'm also a fan of BH Photo ... I've used PriceGrabber for this purchase, as well as for my HD TV, and both times BH Photo was the lowest price and offered free shipping and no sales tax. It's a no-brainer for me.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Other

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                5.0

                Works Great With FiOS

                By ljfnord

                from Garland, TX

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage

                  Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                  Really a plug-and-play experience with FiOS - just have your remote handy as soon as you plug it in, because the menu will pop up immediately if you don't react fast enough. Recording has been seamless and trouble-free. Just make sure you have room around it for ventilation - the instructions warn against putting it on top of your DVR box.

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                  • Personal
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                  • Other

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                  5.0

                  love it!

                  By john

                  from beachwood nj

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage

                    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                    simple plug and play install. works great.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    Easy setup, works great!

                    By jmaahs

                    from Ontario, CA

                    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                    Works with Shaw direct HDPVR360 receiver. Easy setup. Super quiet!

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                    4.0

                    Works Fine With My PVR From Shaw Direct

                    By Del From Texas

                    from Houston

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                        Was sorry I could only get 1TB, wnated 2TB

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Other

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                        4.0

                        Easy install DVR expander

                        By MDW

                        from NY

                        Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                        Attached it to a Scientific Atlanta 8300hd and it installed with no problems and no waiting. Worth the extra price over a bare bones rig you don't know will work.

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                        3.0

                        Doesn't work with Samsung DVR Box

                        By Dave

                        from Safety Harbor, FL

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                        • Doesn't Work With Samsu

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage

                        Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                        I recently purchased the My Book AV DVR Expander on the advice of a friend. They praised the unit and claimed that it was easy to set-up. It certainly is not difficult to attach...power cord and SATA connection to the DVR. Unfortunately after we attached the unit we learned that it was not compatible with our Samsung DVR unit. We are going to keep the MY Book Expander and exchange our Samsung DVR for a Scientific Atlanta unit which is compatible. We have contacted our cable provider and they have said that this is possible.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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