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July 9th, 2013

Can I add an external SATA drive to my cable DVR?

I have a Comcast provided Motorola DCT3412 HD DVR. This unit has a SATA connection on the back. Can I add an external hard drive via this connection and, if so, how?

According to Motorola, this port is currently not operational. Here is the answer provided by Moto:

Can I use the SATA port on the back of my Motorola DVR to archive programs?

SATA is currently not supported by Motorola. The issue is currently being negotiated with broadcasters. Once this issue is resolved Motorola will enable the port and the EPG vendors will be able to write software that utilizes the port. - Motorola FAQ page (See link in source)

The SATA connection is however operational on Scientific Atlanta boxes, you should take that POS Moto box and ask for a real DVR.

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