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From a Comcast HD DVR to an External Hard Drive

by erier2003 / September 27, 2008 7:15 AM PDT

Has anybody figured out how to get recorded content from a Comcast HD DVR to an external hard drive? I know my box has a USB port on the front, but I'm not sure if and how it works. TiVo is too expensive for my needs, so I'm sticking with the HD DVR.

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hm
by johnisnotcool / September 28, 2008 2:34 AM PDT
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USB port disabled on Comcast boxes ;(
by Pepe7 / September 28, 2008 2:51 AM PDT
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Cisco rng 200 DVR hookup
by plighton / March 9, 2011 2:24 AM PST

I acquired a cisco rng 200 from comcast because I wanted to add a TB harddrive to increase the playback capabilites. It has a USB 2.0 front panel which I suspect is deactivated. On the back is an eSATA port, two firewire and a 2.0. I read somewhere that using a SATA/eSTAT cable could do the trick with a SAT drive. If that's true is there a software component I need? Is there a limit on size of drive? I figured, if nothing else, putting an external case on an internal SATA would suffice foruse with the DVR.

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DVR Content on the drive still encrypted
by Pepe7 / March 10, 2011 2:25 AM PST

That's the crux of the matter. Unencrypted content in some cases may be exported via the firewire port (for import on a PC) on some of the Motorola Comcast boxes.

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