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Dvr can i use an external harddrive to record movies from the dvr? thanks

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  • Jim Franks May 11, 2010

    What make and model DVR do you have?

  • Jim Franks May 11, 2010

    It will depend on the model of DVR you have.

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It depends on the model of DVR you have. Some DVRs have USB ports that can be used to connect to one's computer, so theoretically you could also use an external hard drive. I haven't heard of anyone trying it, though.

Also, it is possible to link a DVR to a computer without the USB ports if you can find cable adapters for the inputs available on a computer.

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