How can I use an old internal hard drive as a DVR or media player?

Jeff B July 4, 2014
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I want to know if there’s a way to use an old internal HDD as a DVR or media player. I have an old Sony Bravia that only plays MPEG1 movies through the USB. I would be nice to use my old HDDs to play movies for the kids. I also have the three color RCA inputs as well.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Hovsep A
    July 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

    well you have to check your Sony Bravia if more than X GB are accepted or only small usb keys are valid.

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  2. Oron J
    July 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

    An hard drive is only a storage medium, so you can't turn it into a DVR as such. You could turn it into an external hard drive by buying an enclosure for it and connect to to the PC for recording purposes, then plug it into the telly for playback. If it's a 2.5" hard drive (from a laptop), then that would be a good solution. If the hard drive is a 3.5" model though (a desktop model) then the price of the enclosure will make this uneconomical and you'd be as well to buy a small external HDD and just use that.

    As for software solutions on the PC side - I'll leave that to other responders with more experience in this area.