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MY Book Expander as esata storage

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by rjom, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. rjom

    rjom Member

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    I am attempting to use my 1 TB MyBook DVR expander for TIVO as an esata drive for extra storage for my computer. I have been using the 500 Gig but it is failing. For some reason, I am unable to initialize this new disk through disk management on the computer. When I right click there is no initialize disk message and I am unable to format it.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? I am using Windows 7.

    Thanks,Rick.
     
  2. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Do you actually have an eSATA connector on your computer or did you take the drive out of the enclosure and use a USB adapter? Given that the drive was previously used on a Tivo, you may need to use something like Easeus partition SW (the free version should work) to delete all but one of the sectors before Windows will take a liking to it. I had that issue with an SD card that was partitioned for Linux.
     
  3. rjom

    rjom Member

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    Yes, there is an esata on the computer. Drive is new out of the box.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Does the drive actually show up in Disk Management?

    How is it named there?
     
  5. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    You didn't make the "new out of the box" clear. I would suggest that you get or borrow a cheap USB to SATA adapter cable to test the drive. That way you can determine if it is the drive or the enclosure or maybe incompatibility between the two. Unless drive access speed is essential for your external storage, I would recommend getting a USB enclosre for your drive and forget eSATA.
     
  6. rjom

    rjom Member

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    Actually, for some strange reason it finally accepted the format now command. I like the speed of the esata. There is no comparison. Picked up these TIVO expander drives for about $50. Problem is, at least the older ones only last about a year. Hopefully they have fixed that problem.
     

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