Which external USB HDD's are compatible with RDRHXD870?

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  1. visioneer

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    As title says, could anybody who has successfully connected an external USB HDD to their 870 please let me know make & model of the unit they have used. I'd like to buy an external USB drive but know that some on here have had problems with some drives not being recognised by different recorders. Don't want to make an expensive mistake :)

    Thanks.
     
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    I have not experimented with external hardrives with the 870.

    But from what I can gather from the user manual, USB will only allow you to transfer MP3 and pictures to the Sony, not video.

    So might as well use a memory pen, or burn a disc in the computer.
     
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    I take your point. However, I'm going to get an external HDD anyway to back up stuff off my PC so may as well get one that I can use with the 870 - that way I can back up photos and MP3's onto the HDD and use that with the 870.

    THought that the small 2.5" drives might work better than the 3.5" ones due to needing smaller power requirements but would like to know some exact models that work before I buy.
     
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    I think you may be disappointed.

    Do you actually know of ANYone who has managed to get an HDD recognised by USB on an 870?

    I would be very surprised.

    The big corporations do not want you doing this, so normally they render it impossible. Even 'acceptable' USB devices are effectively crippled, normally only allowing file copying and only certain file types from the device to the Units hard drive in one direction only.
     
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    No I don't hence the question. Maybe I have been reading a little too much between the lines. I see from page 112 of the manual that a USB "device" can be added (doesn't specifically say USB HDD) and further on page 118, a USB device can be connected by which they refer to "digital still camera, memory card reader, and USB memory".

    Maybe it's USB pen drives only.

    Music and JPEGs can be played from the connected device WITHOUT copying to the internal HDD though (according to the manual!).

    Still be interested to hear from anyone who has tried an external USB HDD though.
     
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    I would not use a 2.5 inch hardrive.

    Its normal to need 2 usb connections to the computer.
    1 is power and data, the extra usb connection is for extra power in case the hardrive needs it to spin up.

    A 3.5 inch hardrive should come with an external power supply, so no problem.

    As for the sony recognising the hardrive, I don’t know, if in doubt, expect it not to work.
     
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    I'd have successfull connection with an external 3.5" HDD WD 400GB "Element".
    Just for pictures and MP3 media
    AVI media not recnognised.
    In accordance with USB keys restriction...

    USB connection is great:
    * memory Key
    * HDD
    * keyboard
    * external card reader (SD/MS/XD/MC)
    * ...
    What else ?
     
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    Interesting. Can files go both ways?
     
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    Great :D Just what I was hoping. As Gavtech says, can you transfer files both ways?

    Anybody else had any similar success stories?
     
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    The other way not yet tested ... should we the same as for an USB key should'nt ?

    Tested : doesn't work ...

    For mp3s, functionnality is'nt present in the HXDx70 : no way to copy from HXD HDD to external USB device
    For pictures : the functionnality is here, doing it seems OK but nothing in the external HDD !
    Tested with USB key : the same
    This issue, in fact occures with USB memory key, anyway ...
    For pictures only, I don't understand the functionnality of "copy entire album", it seems do an activity (on the screen, not on the key) but afterward: nothing new ... neither on the key, nor on the HDD.
     
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    Has anyone tried renaming a MPG/AVI file to MP3 or JPG, copying it to the hard drive and renaming it back? Does it playback?

    Long shot I know...:D
     

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