Well I guess that just leaves the enclosure. But did you run the enclosure connected to your PC via eSATA or USB? Since I counted about 4 others who had success with this exact same combo on the 8300HD I would suggest you look into getting another enclosure. But if you did not already, try the eSATA port on another PC.
Also, once the eHD is formatted you need to reboot in to see the "the external drive now works" message.
I already arranged to have it exchange for the 360 model tomorrow. How can I know if the eSATA port on the PVR is bad? Is there any test that can be performed? I have extension warranty on my PVR for another 2 years but I have to know for sure this port doesn't work correctly!
And I still have that issue with the eHDD not being wake-up by the PVR when schedule for recording...I started to get tired about all this...my God!
I'll try my luck with 360 enclosure....
Please let me know if there's a way to establish if eSATA of the PVR is OK or not.
Since you get the "format eHDD?" message, it sounds like the port is working. The PVR also reported decreased %full. Suspect intermittent cable problem, enclosure problem, or HDD problem. I recently purchased a new WD 500 GB HDD and it was bad right out of the box. Replaced it with a 1TB WD Black.
Thanks for reply! I looked at the cable and is OK! I suspect that problem comes from the enclosure. The on-board electronic circuit it seems not beeing able to wake-up the eHDD when schedule for recording. I think also the PVR is OK including eSATA port since it sees the eHDD all the time when is not in stand by. The eHDD (WD1001FALS) seems OK since I was able to format it on Vista, copied some movies on it and then played them on laptop even on my Blu-Ray.
I hope all problems come from this bloody enclosure and hopefully I'll have it changed early next week.
Although the "black" drives used to function perfectly before the firmware change, perhaps the "green" drives are now needed to "wake up" if shut down by the PVR. Either that or a different setting on the Blacks? Or perhaps the "correct" enclosure (360?) Anyway, there are lots of posts in the firmware thread regarding the eHDD not working as before.
I know Jake has switched to a larger iHDD, and that may be the "ultimate" solution rather than trying more and more eHDDs without luck.
Thanks 57 for reminding me of my own thread. Old age I guess. But yes it seems that sleeping and waking are working for some eHDDs. Way too many variables to be certain though. There are combinations that spin down and those that actually suspend all activities.
Yes, I'll try the 360 just to see what will happen. I was thinking about changing the internal one but is not that going to void the warranty? And, OK, let's say I'm assuming that risk, is WD1001FALS working for replacing the internal ones? I have the SA8300HD+. Also can you please post a link explaining the switch of the internal HDD?