Scientific Atlanta 8300HD-External Hard Drive
Since December 2006, I own a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD Personal Video Recorder (160GB internal hard drive) being marketed by Videotron.
In December 2007, I've purchased a Vantec NexStar 3 (3.5 HDD enclosure) equipped with an eSata connection with a 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive. It has worked fine for about 18 months then it suddenly stopped. I had to go through a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) procedure with Western Digital to have the HDD replaced without any charge.
Again, it was working perfectly until last week. Now when I watch recorded programs on the external drive, playback is sometimes choppy, unstable or the image stops for a while. It seems that the problem is again related to the external hard disk drive.
Since the enclosure has to stay ON at all times, I was told that the problem is most likely related to the absence of cooling on the Vantec NexStar 3 (3.5) enclosure causing damage to the hard disk following a long term use.
Have you received any comments from members regarding this issue? This is the second 500MB hard drive to be replaced.
I was suggested to purchase a Seagate Constellation ES 500 GB, SATA interface (Model #ST500NM0011) which is designed for intensive use. Anybody has had an experience with this hard drive model used with SA 8300HD PVR?
Your assistance in resolving this issue is greatly appreciated. Any suggestions or recommendations would also be appreciated.
Last edited by 57; 2011-11-28 at 11:31 PM.
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