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  • High-capacity DVR expander
  • A convenient storage companion for your camcorder
  • AV-optimized for smooth playback on your TV
  • Small enough to fit in your entertainment center
  • USB and eSATA interfaces for maximum flexibility
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WDBABT0010HBK-NESN
  • Hard Disk Size: 1024 GB
  • Warranty: 2 - year limited warranty
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003MVZ60S
  • Item model number: WDBABT0010HBK-NESN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (925 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 22, 2010

Product Description

Product Description

Expand your DVR storage so you can record more of your favorite TV shows. Or, transfer and store videos from your compatible camcorder to free up space for more recording. Connect the drive to a game console, Blu-ray Disc player or media player, like one from the WD TV family, to smoothly stream video to your big screen TV. It's the perfect solution for your video storage and playback needs.

From the Manufacturer

Instantly add more recording hours to your DVR.

Expand your DVR storage so you can record more of your favorite TV shows. Or, transfer and store videos from your compatible camcorder to free up space for more recording. Connect the drive to a game console, Blu-ray Disc player or media player, like one from the WD TV family, to smoothly stream video to your big screen TV. It's the perfect solution for your video storage and playback needs.

Make room for more TV shows.
Instantly add more recording hours to your USB or eSATA DVR. Never miss your favorite shows.
WD My Book AV - make more room for TV shows
A companion for your camcorder.
Transfer and store videos from your compatible camcorder without a computer, so you can record more and delete less.
WD My Book AV - transfer videos from camcorder
Store media for playback on your TV.
Connect this AV-optimized drive to a game console, Blu-ray Disc player, or media player, like WD TV, to enjoy your media on your big screen TV.
WD My Book AV - store media for playback on your TV
Features at a glance

  • DVR expander to add more recording hours to your DVR
  • Works with most DVRs and AV devices
  • AV-optimized for smooth video recording and playback
  • Storage for your compatible camcorder
  • 2-year limited warranty

High-capacity DVR expander - Add extra hours of HD storage to your DVR. Connect the drive to your compatible USB or eSATA DVR to instantly create more storage for your TV shows, sporting events, and movies.

A convenient storage companion for your camcorder - Transfer your videos to your My Book AV drive without a computer to make room for more recording. You can even use the camcorder to play back the videos stored on the My Book AV drive.

AV-optimized - My Book AV DVR Expander offers smooth video recording and playback with SilkStream technology (available via eSATA connection only). Built with WD GreenPower Technology, the drive inside is optimized for the demands of reading and writing video as well as the high temperatures often found in entertainment centers.

Store videos, music, and photos for playback on your TV - Connect this AV-optimized drive to a game console, Blu-ray Disc player or media player, like our WD TV family of products, to enjoy smooth playback on your big screen TV.

Small enough to fit in your entertainment center - The small My Book form factor fits neatly in your entertainment center. It can stand upright or lie horizontally, making it easy to neatly position your drive near your AV devices while maximizing airflow and minimizing heat around the drive.

Maximum flexibility - My Book AV has both USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces so your drive is compatible with most DVRs and other AV devices.

When used with a DVR, the My Book AV drive expands the recording capacity of a single DVR and cannot be also used as an expander with multiple DVRs or as storage for other AV devices.

Ideal for

  • Expanding your DVR storage
  • Saving videos from your compatible camcorder
  • Storing movies, music, and photos for playback on your TV

What's in the box
DVR expander, external power supply, USB 2.0 cable, eSATA cable, adapter cable for Sony camcorders, Quick Install Guide, feet for horizontal placement.

Compatibility
System Compatibility

    DVRs (Set-Top-Boxes)*
  • Direct TV R15, HR20, HR2, HR23
  • Dish VIP722K
  • TiVo Series 3 & Premiere
  • Pace DC7581
  • Time Warner SA STB
  • Scientific Atlanta 8300
  • *Check with your cable service provider to confirm compatibility with their system.
    Camcorders
  • 2010 or later Sony camcorders with Direct Copy functionality, including: HDR-CX150/R, HDR-CX110/L, HDR-XR350V, HDR-CX300, HDR-XR150, HDR-XR550V, HDR-CX550V, HDR-CX350V, DCR-SX63, DCR-SX44, DCR-SR68/R, DCR-SR88, DCR-SX83
WD My Book AV Box
    Blu-ray Disc Players
  • Sony 2010 Blu-ray Disc Players, including BDP-S370, BDP-S470, BDP-S570, BDP-BX37, BDP-BX57, BDP-N460, BDP-560
  • Sony Blu-ray Disc Home Theater Systems, including BDV-E370, BDV-E570, BDV-T57
  • LG BD390
  • Samsung BD-P1600
    Game Consoles
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 (media playback only)
  • Sony PlayStation 3 (media playback only)
    Televisions
  • JVC LT-32P6
  • Samsung LN32A550
  • Phillips 42PFLA332D
  • LG 47LH30
  • Sony KDL-46XBR9
    Media Players
  • Western Digital WD TV Live Plus, WD TV Live, WD TV, WD TV Mini

Device Compatibility
Formatted FAT32
Compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Compatible with Mac® OS X® Tiger®, Leopard®, or Snow Leopard
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system

Customer Reviews

Works great and was a very easy install.
alpfri
Now I can record on HD channels and save all the other movies and recorded seasons of shows I want without worry of not having enough space left on my Tivo!
Michelle
Giving a 5 Star Rating now as many have said it works great but will update when I have the correct Release and purchase.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

198 of 204 people found the following review helpful By drifter yank on October 10, 2010
Connection is about a 5-minute job, but initial boot-up takes awhile. Western Digital instructions are incomplete and fairly useless--just diagrams.

Unplug the Tivo power cord. Connect the SATA cable between WD Expander and Tivo. Power on Expander (check for white light in front). Plug in the Tivo power cord. Go to Settings menu on Tivo, then External Storage, then Add. Then, BE PATIENT! It took my unit about 25 minutes to boot and reconfigure everything. A couple of times I thought something might be wrong but I continued to wait and it finally completed and worked. You can also find instruction on Tivo's Web site. These are basically the same as given here.

The Expander box only shows compatibility with Tivo Series 3 and Premiere. But, that is wrong. I suspect that reviewers who say it does not work with a Tivo HD unit had a defective unit or cable, powered off and on in the wrong sequence, or were impatient and bailed out while the Tivo was still reconfiguring during the initial boot-up.

I bought from a local Best Buy store. Their price is too high ($150). But, I wanted the convenience of easy return in case the reviews saying the Expander would not work with a Tivo HD were correct.

I hope this helps anyone with a Tivo HD that is considering the WD My Book AV DVR Expander.

August 25, 2011 Update:

Several months ago our Tivo started randomly rebooting. This got progressively worse. We started having recordings interrupted or skipped entirely. Over several months dealing with Tivo tech support we finally eliminated all possibilities except the DVR Expander. Once I uninstalled it we had no more random reboots. The unit has a two-year warranty so we had plenty of time left on it.
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214 of 222 people found the following review helpful By wiscy on July 13, 2010
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I received my 1TB WD My Book AV Expander today. Here's how it went down:

Unpack, plug into back of DVR with included eSATA cable, plug WD HDD into wall outlet, turn on DVR and TV. See prompt on TV about new attached storage. Look for and find remote that kids misplaced. Then Press A on remote to format. Wait 30 seconds. Now when I press List it shows 5% Full (used to be 40%). It didn't even interrupt the current recording. No more taping over my World Cup matches. How easy is that?

So far no heat from new hard drive and it's whisper quiet. Drive also comes with a USB cable (not needed for this project as the Scientifc Atlanta 8300HD supports eSATA only for adding storage.) From WD's website this drive is on the list of supported drives for Time Warner SA8300HD but it was still a relief to see it immediately recognized.
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121 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Kippes on October 6, 2011
I received the item and unpacked the HD. Plugged the power supply into the surge protector and the other end into the drive. Plugged in the eSATA cable into the FIOS DVR and the HD. Turned on the FIOS box and tried to get it to recognize that the drive was plugged. I noticed no lights on the front of the WD HD. I then rechecked the eSATA cable it was good- then I had that sinking feeling (oh no bad HD). I then rechecked everything again and discovered an ID10T error (Idiot error from my time working on a help desk). I had not plugged in the power adapter all the way into the HD. Fixed it and followed the onscreen directions to format the drive. It is working great.
So what you see in the directions is what you get. HD, USB cable, USB converted, eSATA cable, felt pads and power supply. This HD can be mounted either vertically or horizontal. The unit comes with stick on felt pads for horizontal mount. You need to remove the felt feet from the backing and stick to the HD.

From Verizon FIOS at the time of this review:

Which Verizon FiOS TV DVRs are compatible with eSATA devices?
The following FiOS TV DVRs are compatible with eSATA devices:
* Motorola QIP 7216
* Motorola QIP 7232
* Cisco CHS 435 HDC
Does the eSATA device I use require a minimum or maximum storage limit for FiOS TV?
There are no minimum or maximum storage limits for FiOS TV. However, Verizon recommends the following model types:
* Western Digital - WDBACS5000EBK-NEVZ - 500GB
* Western Digital - WDBACS0010HBK-NEVZ - 1TB
* Western Digital - WDBABT0010HBK-NESN - 1TB
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Classic Films on May 8, 2011
Three things

1. Your DVR set top box needs to be one of the following models

Motorola QIP 7216
Motorola QIP 7232
Cisco CHS 435 HDC

Only these Fios Models have a eSATA port to plug your device into.

2. Check your System Information. You find it pressing Menu and then Settings then System Information
You need Release 1.9 or higher. As of May 8, 2011 this release is just being rolled out. Even if you have one of
the above boxes the box will not recognize the external drive until you are upgraded to Release 1.9. The upgrade will happen automatically when Fios releases the upgrade in your area.

3. Not sure if this is just with Fios or for everyone. This device will only work with one DVR. If you want to use it in a different room or loan it to a friend, when attached to the second DVR you will get a message that the drive needs to be reformatted. This will erase any shows you have on the drive.
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