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WDMy Book AV DVR Expander
 
4.7

(based on 145 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (120)
  • Easy to use (107)
  • Large capacity / good size (97)
  • Quiet (97)
  • Compact (75)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (103)
  • Video (38)
  • Back-up (4)
  • File transfer (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (71), Casual user (61)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (129)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Other (72), PC (32), Mac (11)

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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5.0

Exactly what the doctor ordered!

By Bill M.

from Amesbury, MA

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

    Needed it as a replacement for the expander drive that was on my TiVo Series 3 and just died. B&H assured me it was compatible - and they were right - just plugged it in and it worked. And with the lower price from B&H got the 3-year support plan & still quite a bit lower priced than buying it from TiVo.

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    • Personal
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    • Other

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    5.0

    Great way to add an inexpensive DVR!

    By Mike

    from Little Rock, AR

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

      Just hook this up to your existing DISH receiver via a USB cord, pay a $40 "activation" fee, and you have the ability to record, rewind, fast forward, etc. without the monthly fees normally associated with a DVR!

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

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      4.0

      Nice and compact, simple

      By Manuel the camper

      from Caruthers, Ca

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

          I like its size and ease of how to set up. Bought it to transfer my movies from my DVR, unfortunately DVR had a hard drive failure before i was able to transfer all my movies. Will be using it when we go camping for our grandkids to watch movies.

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          • Personal
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          5.0

          A wonderful device

          By Gene

          from New City, New York

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • File Transfer

            Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

            My wife has fallen in love with this machine. She loves recording on our DVR and she was having a problem as the device was often completely filled. She now can save so much more, which is great since we take care of our Grandchildren. They also love the new device because they have so many more of "their" shows to watch. It was a very worthwhile investment.

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            • Personal
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            • Other

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            5.0

            Works Great!

            By James

            from Reno, Nevada

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quick Easy Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Expand Dvr Space

              Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

              Got this to expand my DVR space...arrived on time...easy set up...working great!

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

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              4.0

              My Book DVR expander

              By vforge5

              from Phoenixville PA

              Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

              Really easy to set up, and this was a lot less expensive than paying Verizon another $20 a month for additional DVR capabilities I didn't need. Just plug into the eSATA port, click a few menu options, off and running! This provides about 150 hours of HD Video recording, as far as I can tell.

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              5.0

              My Book AV DVR Expander

              By Bman

              from Trenton, ON

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Video

                Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                This product worked right out of the box with my Shaw Direct receiver. It's just 1 TB but helped me out of a tight jam.

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

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                5.0

                DVR now has room to record

                By Bobwhit413

                from Rocky Hill, CT

                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:

                  Connected to DVR and now have room to record shows without constantly worrying about drive space.

                  It requires very little shelf space.

                  B&H sells drive cheaper than cable provider and it's delivered right to your house.

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                  • Personal
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                  5.0

                  Satisfied Customer

                  By Joe

                  from Alabama

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Video

                    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                    Connected to Motorolla DVR - DCH6814 - no problems

                    Product was In Stock - and eligible for Free - expedited shipping

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

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                    5.0

                    Works with Motorola DCX3400 for Comcast

                    By Stacey

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Power user

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                          Short: I plugged it in and it works.

                          Details: I have a Motoroloa DCX3400 (250GB) from Comcast in Chicago. I aggressively delete and I hover around 59-70%. A single recording night can skyrocket to 85% full. I purchased the WD on impulse not knowing there was a compatability list. I prayed that it would work. Now I have 5x the capacity, from 250gb to 1250gb.

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                          • Personal

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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.

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                              • Personal
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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.

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                                • Personal
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                                • 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.

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                                    • 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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