Is there any recorded data on your hard disk built into your TV?
In recent years, the evolution of recording methods has made it easier to record TV programs. However, while it has become more convenient, it also causes recording data to fill up a hard disk capacity. If an internal hard disk is full, we recommend using an external hard disk. You can use an external hard disk to increase recording capacity. You are easily able to record and store more programs. In this article, we explain how to choose an external hard disk for TV. We also introduce recommended external hard disks. Please refer to them when choosing a hard disk.
・1. Types of external hard disks and points to choose
There are five points to choose an external hard disk.
・Supported TV types
Once you decide on these, you will find the right external hard disk product for you.
・1-1. Two types of external hard disks
Here, we will explain the types of external hard disks. Since you can determine which external hard disk is suitable for you, please refer to below contents.
There are two main types of external hard disks. They are “stationary type” and “portable type”.
The stationary type tends to be cheaper than the portable type and is suitable for storing and reading large amounts of data. This type is recommended for those who value the price and those who record and save many programs.
The portable type has the feature of being compact and easy to carry. The portable type is recommended for those who want to play back the programs recorded on other TVs. However, please note that it cannot be played on other TVs unless it is a SeeQVault ™ compatible hard disk.
・1-2. Determine capacity from purposes
The capacity varies depending on the external hard disk. Some hard disks are 1TB, while others are 6TB or larger. If you choose the capacity according to your purpose, such as the frequency of recording and the length of the program, you are less likely to fail in choosing an external hard disk.
For terrestrial digital broadcasting, one guideline is that 1TB can record about 120 hours. Think about how many hours you record per week and you’ll know what capacity is suitable for you. When choosing a hard disk, we recommend that you choose a product with a large capacity with plenty of room. Please note that the recordable time per 1TB is shorter for BS digital broadcasting and 4K broadcasting.
・1-3. Take over data with SeeQVault ™ support
Some HDD supports SeeQVault ™. If your HDD supports SeeQVault ™, you can take over the recorded program on another TV or recorder. You can watch programs in a bedroom or on the go that recorded in a living room.
However, the condition is that your TV and external hard disk must be SeeQVault ™ compliant. Also, if the TV and the external hard disk are not from the same manufacturer, you may not be able to play them on another TV.
・1-4. Tips for using an HDD as long as possible
As a knack for using an external hard disk for a long time, it is better to choose a product with high durability.
Durable external hard disks are labeled as “for TV” or “24 hours durability”. Hard disks on which these are listed tend to be highly durable because they are designed for continuous playback.
・2. Can an external hard disk recorded on TV be used on a personal computer?
The external hard disk used on TV cannot basically be used on a personal computer. This is because the external hard disk on which the TV is recorded cannot be viewed even when connected to a computer. The same is true for any type of external hard disk.
If you want to use an external hard disk that used for TV recording on your computer, format it. After formatting, you can initialize the external hard disk and connect it to a new computer or a TV. At that time, since all saved data will be erased, be careful to do it.
If you still want to format it, check the format method on each manufacturer’s homepage. When formatting, it is recommended to back up the existing data.
Basically, an external hard disk used on a TV cannot be played on a personal computer. However, if you download a Windows application “SeeQVault ™ Player”, you can watch programs saved on the SeeQVault ™ compatible external hard disk on your Windows PC. If you want to watch it on your Windows computer, download “SeeQVault ™ Player”.
・There is a charge for “SeeQVault ™ Player”.
・3. Recommended products
Even if you buy a new TV or recorder, you can take over the recorded programs and play them back. There are two types of SeeQVault ™ compatible hard disks, stationary and portable. You can choose according to where you set them.
・Logitec SeeQVault ™ compatible Portable Hard Disk 4TB [LHD-PBMB40U3QW]
・Logitec SeeQVault ™ compatible Stationary Hard Disk 2TB [LHD-ENB020U3QW]
・4. Conclusion. External hard disk is a must-have item for TV recording
External hard disks will become more and more necessary for TV recording. This is because a recorder and an internal hard disk of a TV do not have enough capacity to record TV programs with high image quality such as 4K and 8K. If you use an external hard disk, you will be able to record more programs than the internal hard disk. Since it is just connecting an USB cable to your TV and it’s easy to install, give it a try. However, you may not be able to record unless you have an external hard disk that is compatible with your TV. Check the features of the product in advance.
In order to purchase suitable external hard disk for you, we recommend that you consider what purpose you use an external hard disk for.