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)
By Len Mullen