DVD recorders with a Universal Serial Bus, or "USB," input let you hook up an external hard disc drive to burn stored content. The simple connection affords instant access to the multimedia data on the hard drive so you can skim quickly through the available digital files to choose the movies and TV programs you want to burn to a DVD.
Turn off the DVD recorder and unplug the HDD power cord from the electrical socket.
Connect the USB cable from the data port on the side of the HDD to the input port on the DVD recorder, usually on the back panel with the other connection jacks.
Plug in the HDD power cord and turn on the power to both components.
Press the "Menu" key on the DVD recorder remote to select the input option and scroll with the down arrow key to "USB."