Guidelines for Using the External SATA Hard Disk Drive
The external SATA hard disk drive requires continuous power. If the SATA drive loses power while
the 8300HD is plugged in, the 8300HD may stop current recordings or not provide enough space
for future recordings. Follow these guidelines for using the SATA drive:
Do not plug in the power cord for the SATA drive to a switched outlet or to the AC outlet on the
Do not turn off, disconnect, or unplug the SATA drive while the 8300HD is plugged in.
Recommendations for the SATA Drive
Contact your cable service provider for a list of approved external SATA hard disk drives. At a
minimum, your SATA drive should have these capabilities:
External SATA Connector - SATA II: Cable and Connector, Revision 1.0 (www.sata-io.org
Drive Speed: 7200 RPM (5400 RPM without Multi-room); 133 MB/sec
Capacity: Only one SATA drive can be connected to the 8300HD. The 8300HD will not support
a separate port multiplier.
SATA Drive Power: The SATA drive should power on when plugged in and should not be
controlled by a switch.
Disconnecting the External SATA Hard Disk Drive
Complete the following steps to disconnect the SATA drive safely.
1. Make sure that the 8300HD is powered off.
2. Disconnect the power cord from the 8300HD and wait for at least 10 seconds.
3. Disconnect the power cord and data cable from the external SATA drive.
If you improperly disconnect your SATA drive, you will receive an error message, and you will be
required to restart the 8300HD upon reconnecting.
How the SATA Drive Works with Your 8300HD
Recordings are balanced between the internal hard drive on the 8300HD and the external SATA
drive as follows:
A recording is not split between an internal and external hard drive.
The 8300HD automatically stores complete programs using the following space available logic:
- If the external SATA drive has more space available, the SATA drive stores the next recording.
- If the internal hard drive on the 8300HD has more space available, the internal hard drive
stores the next recording.