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I'm trying to find out definitively whether or not you can transfer data from a DVR to your own hard drive. Specifically, I have a Motorola VIP 1216 DVR not TiVo. As far as I can tell, there is no means to use the DVR to record and then transfer it to another HD via the USB port on the DVR box (like transferring files from your internal HD to your external HD). So the only means to record shows to your own HD (preferably an external one) is to use another video capture device? If so, has anyone done this or know of a better technique? Or even have any recommendations?
In all honesty, my purpose is to record all the episodes of Battlestar Galactica which are airing on SCIFI all week. My concern is that I hear DVRs have a tendency to crash and loose their recorded shows and I'd like to back it up.