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adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby jrahockey » April 28th, 2018, 11:12 am

I currently own and use a home Worx 150 pvr, I record a lot of TV shows, and am currently using a Kingston 32 gb flash stick, I have to remove it at least 1x per week to down load the TV shows I have recorded to my computer, I want to add a larger external hard drive about 1 TB, am told I should use a self powered hard drive, not sure what they mean by that, also have seen people say I can add a hard drive hooked to a USB hub, again not sure what that is. I have been told should not use flash sticks, I originally had the same PVR for 3 years, and used a flash stick, and had no problems, for about 3 years, then the unit stopped working so bought another, any help is appreciated
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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby SevenT » May 4th, 2018, 2:06 pm

Yup, attaching an external hard drive is indeed the most convenient combination for smooth recording/retrieval and replaying media recorded from your HW180STB. An external 3.5" disc drive is the same kind of hard disc that is inside your PC except that it is housed in a box (enclosure) that has its own power supply built-in and connects to a device (PC/PVR etc) via a USB connector cable.

I can empathize with you on this subject I went through the whole gamut of trying various sizes of USB flash sticks (32, 64 and finally 64Gb) with unsatisfactory results. I eventually struck lucky when I picked up a NexStar.3 500Gb external HDD (Hard Disc Drive) from my local thrift shop for $9 (see I said I was lucky!) All I had to do was plug it into the mains supply and use a USB cable to connect it to the HomeWorx unit and it worked seamlessly right from the get-go.

500Gb of recording space is much more than I actually need but it gives me tons of wiggle room if I want to record 20+ hours of TV.

I hope this helps. If you can't find a NexStar.3 500Gb external HDD at your local thrift store then try looking on Amazon, or suchlike. These days 500Gb external HDDs can be picked up quite cheaply.
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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby jrahockey » May 4th, 2018, 2:45 pm

Hi thank you for looking at my question and replying, I have not had any problems using flash sticks to record on from my HomeWorx unit, just afraid since I have to remove it from my homeWorx and plug into my computer so many times, afraid down the road my start having problems. I really only need about 500 GB, but now a days they seem hard to find or are just as expensive as a 1 Tb hard drive.It sounds to me, like I should not use a hard drive, that not only draws the recorded material but any other power from the HomeWorx. I am not really that computer savvy old man, I am almost 70 yr. old. If I can not find the unit you mention, would I be safe using this USB hub I used to use many years ago, when the computer I had did not have enough USB ports on my computer, it plugs into a 110 volt receptacle, then it plugged into my computer to give me 4 more USB ports, I am sorry if I seem to be asking a lot of questions, but sometimes I do not fully understand what people are trying to explain to me as far as computer stuff, again thank you for helping
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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby SevenT » May 5th, 2018, 9:47 am

Hey, well if you've had no problems using flash sticks so far - keep using them (just don't confuze them with fish sticks - although you'll find fish sticks are an excellent high capacity storage medium with a really fast response time... they do take a very long time to format and the breadcrumbs tend to clog up the USB port in the long run.)

And don't pull that "Old Geezer" routine with me jra, I'm only a couple of years behind you myself. For the record (vinyl of course - not shellac) my first computer was a Sinclair ZX81 (marketed in the US as the "Timex2000" - Google it!)

Back to the kerwestshun...

Yup a powered USB hub would be a safe bet but if what you've got set up now has been working OK then why mess around with it? USB flash sticks/memory cards - unlike fish sticks - are designed to go in and out of things (much like well-oiled presidents and porn stars) many times without harming themselves... just remember to tell the PC to eject the USB flash stick before you pull it out (OK read any double entendre you want into that one...)

The main point is that the HomeWorx unit CAN supply a voltage to a USB drive (see how I got fed up with keep on saying "flash stick" there?) but it doesn't necessarily want to - it's got better things to do with all that lovely current and wants to keep it all for itself - it gets a bit hot and bothered if it's asked to supply too many widgets with power.... So if you supply the USB drive with its own power supply, via a powered hub as you mentioned, then your unit will thank you deeply-muchly and be your everlasting friend for at least another week or so...

BUT (and this is just my opinion) if you've been using your setup in the manner that you have been doing for some while now and it hasn't gone "tits up" yet then I'd be tempted to leave it going as it is.

Of course you could always try sticking in the old 4-way powered USB hub and see what happens when you stick an extra three USB drives into it - could be interesting - could do nothing - only one way to find out eh! :)

Let me know how you get on with it!


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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby jrahockey » May 5th, 2018, 1:43 pm

Hi 7T, as for the old age thing, I thought you were one of these much younger computer wizz. Like I said, my only concern was by removing and installing so many times, I was afraid to screw up the port on the Home Worx unit. have NEVER heard of fish sticks as for computer use, so not sure if you are just joking with me or not. I am just wondering why Mediasonic does not recommend using flash sticks.So now I had to decide if I want to keep on the way I have, or change to a larger hard drive unit. I have another question, If I was to use this 4 port USB hub I have, and plug in 4 USB flash sticks, when the homeWorx unit comes on to record, will it record to all 4 flash sticks, or only 1, how will it know which one to record too, if it only records on 1 at a time. I have several flash sticks, and if the unit will only record on 1 at a time, I could then leave them all in, till they are pretty full, then removed and down load all 4 at the same time. If it will record 1 at a time, how will it know when the flash stick is too full to record any more on, to switch to another flash stick. If this all sounds confusing maybe when you got time, just answer 1 question at a time, you have been very helpful so far. I have not use these forums too much, have had no need to yet, but I thought they would all be much much younger people on them, it has been a pleasure talking with you
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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby SevenT » May 8th, 2018, 11:32 pm

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Just for your reference Hocks...

Mega Capacity 4TB Dual Micro USB 2.0/3.0/4.0 Fish Stick (shown with optional four spline connector.)
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They can be purchased at any good electrical outlet or here!

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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby jrahockey » May 9th, 2018, 1:22 pm

Thank you, Hi 7T, well just tried hooking up my 4 port USB hub, and find the HomeWorx unit will not work, I hooked it up with only 1 USB flash stick in it, the one I have been using for the last yer, I programmed 4 different times, the first time, it only recorded 20 sec of the 30 minutes I set, the other 3 times, it did not record at all, the last time I turned my TV on when the scheduled time came, and got an error NO disc installed, Guess i will gust continue doing what I have been using all along, thank you for all your help.
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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby SevenT » May 13th, 2018, 6:15 am

Hey Hocks, it’s me again...

I’ve been having a re-re-thunk about your situation. And very, very firstly (in first in fact) I have to warn you that I may (just recently) have been sampling some of the 12.5% fermented juice of the red grape vine... Consequently... any advice I may be giving you may be straight from the mouth of the Dark Lord/SATAN/Lucifer/Darth Vader/The Supreme Dalek/me trying to NOT be a total dickhead....

Inotherwords... Whooooo..... I am a bit tipsy atmo.... whoops... where did my left leg go just then? Was that me? Do I really have terminal flatulence or was it next door's cat? Why did they call red wine "Red?" and why am i DRUNKING IT SO MOOCH?

Whatever - I am here for you! :)

So let me get my serious schlepp on...


As I see it you have TWO problems, one you are telling me about and a second one that is exacerbating the first one and silently, slowly but inexorably gnarling at your gnads.

Good on you for having the titanium-powered balls to try out the “powered 4 port USB hub” option without a safety-net or a fire extinguisher handy.

It didn’t work, you tried it, you learnt. Now move on. You are going through the same learning curve that all of us assholes on this Bulletin Board are (hopefully) sharing.

Let us get back to the Biz in hand.....


Okay, so your first worry was that... quote “ [I was] just afraid since I have to remove it from my homeWorx and plug into my computer so many times, [I was] afraid down the road [I might potentially start to have] my start having problems.”

Hmmm... OK let’s deal with the first one... you seem to be saying that connecting and disconnecting your USB was worrying you because you thought “sticking it in” andpulling it out” would eventually cause some irreparable harm to the USB outlet?

Answer is simples man... get a USB extension lead

https://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-Homew ... merReviews

Now you never need to plug and unplug anything directly to your Homeworx unit.

Now your secondary problem as I see it is that you want to save and record more than your flash/stick will allow.

A Fishstick extention will allow Sixty Four TeraByyes of HDTV compatible downlaods.... roughly enough to survive President Trump’s Twitter posts (or perhaps not!)

Your secondary problem is (although you don’t want to mention you have herpes) is that you don’t have enough “disk space.”

Hocks... you have to man up and get a life.... Get a 500Gb external drive from AMAZON or wherever. They are cheap, cheap, cheap.... 50 bucks or less now. It's well within our government monthly pension payment - CUMMON - connect one up and your problems will be solved.

https://www.amazon.com/500gb-external-h ... rd%20drive

You can hook one of then up to your unit and then walk away. No need to call Catptain Birdseye for further support!
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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby jrahockey » May 13th, 2018, 10:05 am

well first thank you for getting back, should have mentioned, some where between where we started and now, I do have my flash stick hooked to my HomeWorx through an extension cable, so first worry is eliminated. I do have a 2TB external hard drive hooked to my computer which I down load all my recording too. and even with all my 3 grand kids pictures and videos I have only used not even 1 TB yet. As for the other problem, I was advised not too hook up anything bigger than a 1 TB hard drive to the Home Worx, and to also to use a self powered hard drive, that is why I tried the self powered 4 USB hub, which seems to not work on the HomeWorx unit. So bottom line is I am going to keep using my Sony flash stick, not really sure how big it is, either a 32 or 64GB. I might instead purchase another flash stick, like the one I am using, since it has worked great with no problems, YET. As for purchasing a 500 GB , can not see paying $50. for a 500, when for almost the same price,about $65. can get a 1 or maybe even a 2TB external hard drive, I am just wondering why they do not recommend using any kind of hard drive, but a self powered hard drive, any way has been a pleasure working through this with you. As for TRUMP, I try and watch & listen to CNN, all that is going on with him, makes me laugh, and then I feel better. I have to ask, is he your president, or are you here in Canada, have a good day jra
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Re: adding an external hard drive to Home worx 150 pvr

Postby SevenT » May 18th, 2018, 9:31 pm

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"As for TRUMP... I have to ask, is he your president, or are you here in Canada?"

Hehehee..... let's just put it this way jra... I find myself terminally bewildered that on June the 7th we might possibly get our own "mini-me" version of Donald Frump to reign over us.

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