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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Seafarer, Dec 11, 2005.

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  1. Seafarer

    Seafarer Guest

    Sorry to bother you again as i have asked before but,I've just seen a
    DVD recorder in ALDI with full much I can't tell you for 229
    The name[Tevion] is new to me except for the wireless keyboard and
    mouse I have from them.
    Point is,it has a 160GB HARD DRIVE so what are the advantages of
    having a HDD.
    I'm guessing you can record on HDD and transfer to DVD disc when you
    want but that's just a guess and if a disc holds 8 hours of recording
    on it I don't see the advantage for the extra cash.
    I also assume that if the HDD is like a computers one it will struggle
    after a year with bad sectors but we can easily replace a computer one
    I'm not sure re. a Recorder one.
    Lots of questions I know but it will help me thanks a lot.
  2. Dave D

    Dave D Guest

    Recorders with hard drives are definitely desirable if you are into a lot of
    timeshifting. You don't have to worry about sorting out a disc for
    recording, you just hit record and it stores the program on the drive. If
    you later decide to make a permanent copy you just transfer it to DVD. Some
    models allow you to real-time delay a program like a TIVO, IOW if the phone
    rings you can 'pause' a live program then resume when you like, even if it's
    still recording.

    Sure, eventually the drive will wear out, but then so will the laser if you
    do a lot of DVD writing. I don't know if the drives can be replaced with
    different models than the original, I'd be interested to know that myself.

    If you go for an optical-only unit, I'd get one which supports DVD-RAM, it's
    the next best thing to Hard Drive recording.

  3. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    In theory, Dave, the drives can be replaced with any that conform to the
    same spindle speed specs etc - see lots of entries regarding changing /
    upgrading the drives on British Sky + boxes.

    However, it's been my experience that if you want it to work as soon as you
    drop it in, and to carry on doing so reliably, you should use only drives
    from the original manufacturer, and from the same series. This goes for
    audio HDD recorders as well.

    I would agree with everything that you have said regarding timeshift
    recording etc. It is my belief that optical only recorders will have a short
    lifespan, and HDD PVRs or HDD + optical units, will rapidly take over as the
    household VCR replacement. As you say, the HDD recorder is so much more
    convenient to use, and has many more useful features like live pause and
    live rewind. I often set a program that I am going to watch, to record, then
    delay starting to watch it for 5 mins. You can then FF through every
    commercial break, still finishing watching the program at its normal finish
    time. Can't do that with a VCR or optical ...

  4. Dave D

    Dave D Guest

    I can see a market for hard drive recorders with removable caddies where the
    user can use their own drive, and transfer movies to their PCs!

    I doubt the copyright owners would be thrilled though.

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