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WDMy Book AV DVR Expander
 
4.7

(based on 153 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (118)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (128)
  • Easy to use (112)
  • Quiet (103)
  • Large capacity / good size (101)
  • Compact (78)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (110)
  • Video (38)
  • Back-up (6)
  • File transfer (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (73), Casual user (67)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (137)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Other (77), 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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4.0

Excellent product

By Cb

from Garrison ny

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pixilation

Best Uses

  • Additional Storage

Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

This works great. It adds over 130 hours of HD programming storage to my dvr. There's some occasional pixilation but I'm not sure if that's the expander or the signal. Anyway, a far better solution than the multi room dvr that my cable company keeps trying to switch me to, which has half the storage, and unlike my current box, no live tv rewind. Also much quieter than my last expander.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Computer Platform:
  • Other
 
5.0

My Book AV DVR Expander

By merisangel

from Crescent City, CA

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup

    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

    I have had two DISH receivers go bad and lost everything I had recorded, so I decided to purchase a DVR expander to backup my recordings. when I purchased the My Book by WD, my bad receiver had decided to come back to life but I decided to still return it and this gave me time to use the My Book and try it out. It was very easy to install and worked perfectly. I moved everything over to it and then was a little worried when I started up the new receiver wondering if it would read from it and it did! It gives me so much more storage and now I hopefully won't lose anymore recordings, though I still have to move the recorded material over if I want to keep it, but it plays back just fine from the My Book.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    It works!

    By Sambonator

    from Newport Beach, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage

    Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

    I have one at home attached to a TIVO, and just got my mom this to attach to her Cox Motorola DVR. They both work as advertised. On the Motorola, sometimes the menus get a little slow with so much storage, but it continues to work well, allowing a lot more recordings to be saved.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Other
     
    5.0

    Incredibly simple!

    By Brett

    from Long Beach, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage

      Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

      Plugged into my FIOS DVR and within seconds it was ready to use. Super quiet so no additional noise from behind the TV. Now I never have to worry about how much HD I'm recording.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Other
       
      5.0

      Turned my Non -DVR satellite box into a DVR

      By mr t

      from grass valley

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

          I hooked this up to a VIP211K receiver from DISH network that does not have recording capability using the USB cable. Made a call to DISH to enable it and voila, I have a basic DVR with no monthly lease fees. It has more storage capacity than I will ever need. On playback, the picture is crystal clear. No loss in quality. It was very simple to format and do the initial setup with the satellite receiver. bhphotovideo has fast shipping and excellent customer service.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Other
           
          5.0

          Delivers as expected

          By Stasy

          from East Troy, WI

          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

            Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

            I hooked this up to my Dish receiver and figured out how it works easily. I think there might have been more in the way of directions but it wasn't hard to figure out.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            4.0

            A good investment

            By Thumper

            from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer

              Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

              I used the drive to transfer pre-recorded shows from my old DVR to my new hopper from Dish. It was really easy to use, however I would have preferred written instructions to the pictorial provided.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              It simply works

              By Bob

              from Silver Spring, MD

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage

                Comments about WD My Book AV DVR Expander:

                The DVR expander hard drive simply works as expected with my TiVo from the cable company. You simply unplug the TiVo, connect the DVR expander, and turn the TiVo back on, as the directions with the expander explain. Follow the menus, and it simply works. Buying the expander was less expensive in the long run than paying the cable company a higher monthly fee for a TiVo with a larger built-in storage capacity. Having said that, Western Digital seems to over-price this item since it is essentially only a 1 TB hard drive.

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

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

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

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

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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.

                             
                            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
                               
                              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.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Other
                                 
                                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
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works with Motorola DCX3400 for Comcast

                                  By Stacey

                                  from Chicago

                                  About Me Power user

                                  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.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                   
                                  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
                                     
                                    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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