Simple TV DVR Disk List

The Simple TV DVR manual states that ‘virtually any USB disk’ will work with the device.  The rest of us disagree.  Here is a list of disks I have used with the Simple TV DVR V1…

  • Iomega 1t (ldhd-up): formatted and performed perfectly. No issues to date.
  • Seagate 1t (9zc2ag-501): formatted and performed perfectly. No issues to date.
  • Western Digital 500g (WD5000H1U-00): formatted and performed perfectly. No issues to date.
  • Western Digital 2t (WDBFJK0020HBK-04): formatted and performed perfectly. No issues to date.

The Simple DVR (v1 at least) disk initialization script have really poor error checking and reporting.  For instance, the script may warn that no device was detected while telling you the make/model and free space of the undetected device.

If you are having problems initializing a disk, attach the disk to a PC and delete any partitions.  Do not partition the disk — let the script initialize the disk.  If you still cannot format the disk, initialize the DVR.

Here is a list of disks known to work with the Simple DVR v2…

  • Western Digital 4t (wdbfjk0040hbk-nesn): formatted and performed perfectly. No issues to date. (thanks JOH)
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By Len Mullen

6 comments on “Simple TV DVR Disk List

    • Yes it does. The script you use to format a disk on a configured DVR often returns a message that says no device present. The same message correctly reports disk size and utilization. If I reset (reset settings) the DVR with the same disk attached, THAT script properly initializes the disk. Others have confirmed this. My guess is that the format script cannot partition or remove partitions and just bombs with no device detected when this needs to be done.

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