Hard Drive for TV Recording

  wescliff 22:33 03 Jun 2014

I have a 1Tb 2.5 inch hdd rescued from a failed laptop and is now in a caddy. Just wondered if it's ok to use this drive to record from TV through a USB port, or do drives used for this purpose need to be powered.

Grateful for any help.

  northumbria61 02:44 04 Jun 2014

Some info. here for you - USB Recording

  Rob Gibson 15:37 04 Jun 2014


I have a Sony W700B series TV.

I put an old HDD in a caddy and simply plugged it into one of the TV's USB sockets. Works a treat. Powered from the USB socket too, so no external PSU required. It only records what the TV is tuned to, although you can watch other AV inputs while recording. Set-up was easy, I just followed the on-screen prompts.

Plug it in and see what happens!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:04 04 Jun 2014

Should work, only 3.5 inch drive require and external power source.

Depends if TV will recognise the drive it may need formatting.

  wescliff 22:13 04 Jun 2014

Thank you- tried it - followed prompts to format and it works fine.

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