I was unable to find the original post regarding eSATA hotplug. I did find an old text shown below that referenced the original post.
I wonder since we get the occasional Hydro One power failure.
Does the current firmware release 56.05 support eSATA hotplug?
Maybe this is not relevant to my concern about the reboot of the receiver at maybe not exactly the same time the external hard drive reboots. This is a concern when we go on vacation and expect the recordings to work as expected.
"eSATA hotplug is not supported in this release, meaning the receiver must be rebooted if a drive is connected or disconnected."
Interesting. When I connected my new 1 TB external hard drive to the 56.05 PVR630, the connected HDD did not cause the 630 to notice. I held down the 630 on/off button to restart the 630. After it restarted, a screen appeared to notice the HDD and went on to format the drive.
My wife told me that she was watching a recorded show on the 630 while cruising the guide. The 630 went into re-start. All well after that. The point is that the external drive remained or re-connected with the 630 without the user noticing.