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Old 10-10-07, 01:42 PM
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SATA HD for my HD cable box??

I've got a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD box. I'm getting behind in my HD shows & need more space. Looking on Best Buys site I see a 500g & 750g HD's that use an eSATA interface. Is this what I need??

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1172277308443

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1172277308372

I think 500g is way over kill but can I also use the extra space as to backup my PC HD's??

thankz for any help & feel free to give me other idea's...
Old 10-10-07, 03:09 PM
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I used to have an SA 8300, but I can't remember if it supported eSATA or just regular USB.

As far as getting a big drive, I don't think you'll be able to use it for both the the DVR and your computer. I think the DVR will just format and use all of the drive. It would be nice if it allowed you to partition it and select what part you wanted to use for the DVR, but I don't think it's going to let you.

I'd check the AVS forums and see what those guys are doing for an external solution, I know a lot of them have/had the 8300.
Old 10-10-07, 04:58 PM
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I believe I have the same box and you do need eSata, but the instructions in the manual state that the drive will be formatted for use only with your cable box, and won't work on your CPU.

Those hard drives look fine.
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thankz for the info..
just how "TOO BIG" is 500g for tv dvr??

should I bit the bullet & get the Seagate on sale or should I look around for a 350g or 250g??
on Amazon the Seagate 250g looked like it did not support eSATA.. but they had a 350g that did but it was like $30 less than the BB 500g on sale..

thankz again for the info

also have a link to the forums you mentioned??
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This sounds interesting. I have the same cable box. How do you format the drive and tell it to store there instead of the cable box?
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I think adding a 250gb should be more than enough, as long as you aren't planning to store some of this stuff for a long time. No DVR solution (other than ripping off the box from firewire) is really made for archiving.

If you add another drive, I believe the box starts to spread the storage across both the internal and external drive. You don't need to do anything to tell it to store on the external.
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I picked up the seagate freeagent pro 320g from best buy
Also picked up a Serial ATA data cord the tech said would work.

of course the data cable does not fit the seagate drive. my 8300HD is recording so I don't know about that end yet.
Seagate's web site does not say anything about a special data cable..

please help me before I go kill the tech!!
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Just got off of a chat with Seagate's techs..
I need a eSATA cable

http://www.cooldrives.com/206fsaiieexs.html

now I need to verify what my cable box connection.
it says SATA but the cable I got doesn't fit.
So I will call my cable Co. tomorrow & get it verified before I order a cable.

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did you check avs forum before buying?
The sofware you are running on the 8300 wil determine how well the eSata drive will work.
If am in nyc manhattan and have heard that the passport software has some issues with it. (i.e. live buffer problem)
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Check this page to see what you need. It should help you pick the right cable.

http://www.satasupply.com/
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once again, what is the link for the AVS forum??
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thankz for the link I need the eSATA to eSATA cable. Now I'll read the entire page to see what the rest says..

thankz again..
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I've got time warner so once I get the right cable I SHOULD be good to go!!!
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Originally Posted by ds6161
once again, what is the link for the AVS forum??
www.avsforum.com

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I hate to be "that guy" but seriously....

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=AVS+forum
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Go here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=516559

And I would go with the 500gb, mine is already full.
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tread resurrection.. (I never got any HD to work by the way)
Around Dayton Ohio they have been upgrading/messing with stuff the past few weeks. Over the last day or two I've noticed my 8300HD is storing lots more than it used to. The 8300HD is listed as storing 20 hrs of reg or 8 hrs high def. Well right now I have 21 hrs of reg tv AND 4 hrs of HD tv.
Has anyone else noticed this?
Obvious my hardware didn't change, so did they change the recording software or did they lower the bit rate of their broadcasts?

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