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    JTMx

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    Hi,

    I'm going to buy a Humax Aura and I can't decide whether to get the 1TB or 2TB version.

    I think the 1TB will be more than enough but I'm curious if you're able to record directly onto an external hard drive or not? Alternatively, can you move your recordings over onto an external hard drive and continue to watch them via that to free up space on the internal HDD?

    Hope somebody can advise. Thanks in advance!

    | Wed 28 Jul 2021 22:59:01 #1 |
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    Welcome to our Forum

    Apologises for late reposnse to your questions.

    The simple answer to both is no**

    All my units are 1TB and usually have around 50% used/free. If a 2TB unit is within your budget then go for that.

    ** You could convert recordings to a lower quality and download via the web interface, transfer to an external HDD, and view via an app on the Aura (examples vlcplayer, mx player)

    | Thu 29 Jul 2021 17:46:15 #2 |
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    Barry, are you saying that recordings cannot be transferred to an external drive?
    I think, perhaps, that JTMx wants to free up space on the internal drive by transferring them over to the external drive but leave it plugged in and play them directly from there? This is certainly doable on the 4000t/5000t.
    The OP may already have access to large capacity external USB drives to utilize therefore won't need to pay for the 2tb model?

    | Thu 29 Jul 2021 18:58:43 #3 |
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    SSThing - 1 hour ago  » 
    Barry, are you saying that recordings cannot be transferred to an external drive?

    Not directly as on the 4000/5000T unfortunately.

    | Thu 29 Jul 2021 20:34:53 #4 |
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    Barry - 4 hours ago  » 
    Welcome to our Forum
    Apologises for late reposnse to your questions.
    The simple answer to both is no**
    All my units are 1TB and usually have around 50% used/free. If a 2TB unit is within your budget then go for that.
    ** You could convert recordings to a lower quality and download via the web interface, transfer to an external HDD, and view via an app on the Aura (examples vlcplayer, mx player)

    Thanks Barry! Good to know. I think I'll just go with a 1TB because it's quite a lot cheaper in my case. I'm buying refurbished (from a reputable highstreet UK store) and for some reason the price difference between the 1TB and 2TB is larger than the difference between the sizes when you buy new (£60 difference instead of £30).

    Really looking forward to trying it out and dumping our Sky subscription

    | Fri 30 Jul 2021 0:34:43 #5 |
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    Barry, it may be worth contacting Humax Towers for clarification on this because they have just told me that archiving to a USB hdd is 100% possible without requiring a third-party app (although they initially said the opposite).

    Chat Transcript with Rich
    Chat started on 30 Jul 2021, 08:32 AM (GMT+0)
    (08:32:15) *** Rich joined the chat ***
    (08:32:15) Rich: Is anyone there?
    (08:32:27) *** Humax UK - Ruairi joined the chat ***
    (08:32:36) Humax UK - Ruairi: Hi there welcome to Humax
    (08:32:47) Rich: Good morning.
    (08:33:09) Humax UK - Ruairi: Good Morning how can we help you today Rich?
    (08:35:45) Rich: I am considering the new Aura but I have a question. Is it possible to connect a USB storage device and transfer over recordings, should the internal hdd be full, and keep this connected and still play the recordings on the Aura (as I can with my 4000t)?
    (08:36:57) Humax UK - Ruairi: Yes Rich that is possible you can do that in a similar way to the FVP-4000T in requires an app you can download from the play store on the box but it is indeed possible.
    (08:37:27) Rich: Why does it need an app?
    (08:39:30) Humax UK - Ruairi: The app is on the box the Aura can download other on demand services as it is based on the Android OS the likes of Disney plus etc one of the apps you can download for the box is a media player which you would need to watch the recordings.
    (08:41:19) Rich: So I can't watch a recording made on the Aura once it has been transferred off the internal hdd, even on the original machine?
    (08:42:40) Rich: Why on earth should I need to use a third party app to view recordings made on the same machine?
    (08:44:35) Humax UK - Ruairi: You can watch those recordings yes of course but done a bit differently from the FVP due to the operating system used on the box Ok I think I was picking you up slightly wrongly sorry i was referring to watching recordings transferred from the FVP in regards to the Aura of course you can watch recordings that you have backed up on to an external HDD.
    (08:50:02) Rich: OK, so let's be absolutely clear (hypothetical scenario now). I have an Aura and I attach a USB hdd and transfer 50 recordings over from the internal hdd to the USB hdd. I leave the USB hdd connected. Obviously this has now made space on the internal hdd available. But the 50 recordings that are now on the USB hdd are accessible and viewable directly without the need to use a third party app? They are visible and playable from the recordings list in the same way as they are on the 4000t?
    (08:50:42) Humax UK - Ruairi: Yes that would be the case
    (08:50:52) Rich: 100%?
    (08:52:00) Humax UK - Ruairi: Yes we can confirm that like other Freeview models you can back up/transfer recordings to an external HDD/USB and still watch them on the device
    (08:52:22) Rich: Thank you very much for your time. Have a great day.
    (08:52:38) Humax UK - Ruairi: Your welcome have a nice Day Rich
    (08:54:47) *** Rich left the chat ***

    | Fri 30 Jul 2021 10:00:16 #6 |
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    And a telephone chat has just told me that a third-party file manager app is required to move the recordings to the USB hdd but no app is required to play them back and they will be visible/playable from the recordings list (same as the 4000t).

    | Fri 30 Jul 2021 10:10:59 #7 |
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    They are not visible/playable from the recordings list.

    | Fri 30 Jul 2021 10:30:55 #8 |
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    So clearly Humax are giving out incorrect advice and they need to be informed of this.

    | Fri 30 Jul 2021 10:34:39 #9 |
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    SSThing - 1 min ago  » 
    So clearly Humax are giving out incorrect advice and they need to be informed of this.

    Drafting a message now, with link to this thread

    | Fri 30 Jul 2021 10:36:27 #10 |

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