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If i add another 80GB HD to my system, i will have about 180GB of storage, how many hours of video could i record? Because i plan on setting up a PVR and want to record shows but i dont thing my 80GB(nearly empty) + my 40GB(more than halfway full) will store many TV shows
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post #2 of 13
For a PVR I would suggest at the bare minimum a 250GB drive. How much you need depends on the amount and quality of video you want to keep
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180GB is enough for about 6 hours of video at high quality (>30fps) divx avi - probably roughly 1280x1024 resolution.

As you decrease quality and resolution, you could gain more time, its all a grand balancing act of compromise.

There are numerous calculators online for surveillance with a PVR on a closed circuit that could suit your needs.

Search google for security camera network hard drive space or something
    
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Well i just want to record SDTV, so how much do you think, like how many hours of recording?
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What are you trying to do with it? Use it as a TiVo (keep a few episodes of a few shows at a time) or build up a collection of shows?
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A collection, like maybe a season of Scrubs, and a few episodes of Grey's anatomy, if i added a 160GB HD would that help alot?
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post #7 of 13
320GB would be great for tv episodes in full qual/res. With 250GB I have 4 seasons of simpsons, 4 seasons of Rurouni Kenshin, 6 dvd-qual movies, and probably 80gb worth of just comics/mangas/ebooks.

180GB is enough to store every episode of Scrubs in full res/qual while still having about 120GB left. leaving you enough to store every season of House MD AND heroes. then still have a bit left.
    
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one standard DVD = 2 hours of SP recording according to my PVR.

So 4.7GB = 2 hours...you do the math...

It really depends on what format you'll be recording in...what does the software you're using say?
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Ill be using BeyondTV, and recording in Standard Definition
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