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Thread: Bus-powered EHDs that work
08-24-2012 09:18 PM #1
Bus-powered EHDs that work
I bought a Western Digital My Passport 500GB bus-powered disk (Walmart closout $26.83 ) model number WDBKXH5000ABK-01 that has been working for nearly a week on my 612. I moved about 20 hrs of programs onto it, played some of them back from it, and moved them back to the receiver. Zero issues.
Earlier I had cobbled together a Crucial 250GB SSD with an external case and that also worked.
08-24-2012 09:25 PM #2
08-24-2012 09:35 PM #3
Don't even see that model WDBKXH5000ABK on their site anymore. Why did you have to tease us like that??
08-24-2012 09:43 PM #4
Sure it'll work.
For how long?
The power supply seems to be spec'd very tight. Overloading it, when Dish specifically says powered EHDs only, is risky.Reunite Pangaea!
08-24-2012 11:07 PM #5
Yes, and should the HDD go poop or can't get sufficient power at some point, such a user might complain. Hey, I can have my HDTV plugged into my outlet NOT grounded, and I can go along for quite a while--until it really matters, then it is COOKED. Hey, run your tires UNDER minimum PSI with a good brand made today, you can chug along for quite a while before it blows.
I suppose if the box is not powering too much (but that could change), one can get away with a bus powered HDD, but why spend the time and energy saving all that content with the risk of failure when Dish has been explicit about using an external powered HDD, hey, all the MSO's (cable, TiVo, DirecTV) require it as well because they can't guarantee their STB's will always be able to sufficiently power bus powered HDD's. . Using an HDD with its own power supply will provide the necessary power no matter the system configuration. I think the idea is to eliminate as much risk to allow the greatest likelihood of preserving your saved programming. To do otherwise is asking for trouble.
08-25-2012 12:52 AM #6Insane in the Membrane
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