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2TB on 7216?

Nickel Contributor
Nickel Contributor
Posts: 45
Registered: ‎06-25-2009

2TB on 7216?

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Can anyone confirm or deny if a 2TB drive will work with a 7216?  Most threads here and at DSL Reports are from people using 7232s, and unfortunately they seem to not exist in my area.  The guy at the Verizon store where I grabbed a 7216 today said there is a 1TB limit, but I've seen no mention of a 1TB limit on any message boards.  So what is the verdict from the field?


I have an extra 2TB WD Caviar Green drive that will do 3GB/s and I would just need to grab an eSATA enclosure for it.  Any reason this won't work as my "main" multi-room DVR storage?  According to DSL Reports, it seemed like the 3GB/s was necessary for multi-stream recording and that was the biggest spec to look for.  I know this isn't the best solution (a true A/V drive would be), but seeing I picked this up cheap a couple months back and even a 1TB A/V drive costs about twice what I paid for this one right now, I'd like to be able to expand my 7216 in the mean time.  Maybe when I get my hands on a 7232, drive prices will have come back to Earth.  I've read threads where people are using "Green" drives successfully, but it seemed like most were on 7232s.  Thanks for the help.

Nickel Contributor
Nickel Contributor
Posts: 42
Registered: ‎06-06-2009

Re: 2TB on 7216?

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I have a WD 1.5 TB Cav Green 3 Gb/s that's working great on a 7216!


See my post here.


I have seen reports that 2 TB drives will work.  Let us know if you get it to work!


Hope that helps!

Gold Contributor VII
Gold Contributor VII
Posts: 2,323
Registered: ‎08-05-2008

Re: 2TB on 7216?

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In addition to the 3 GB/s there is another specification that is important.  That is the actual disc sustained throughput (not just the raw data rate).  IIR the requirement there is a minimum of 100 MB/s which most of the drives will meet.  Also if the drive has a sleep / power saving mode it can be a problem.

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