Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Rogers, 9865 & 8300-eHDD, Sharp LC75N8000U, Denon AVR4310Ci; Sony KDL40W3000, 9865
I believe the unit works similar to Rogers PVR, which is as follows:
The recording goes to the HDD that has the most room - percentage wise. This means that if the iHDD was used a lot, then most new recordings will go to the eHDD.
If there are two recordings, then both drives are used - there is one internal and one external. There are not two internal drives, nor do they have 2 heads, they are simply HDDs similar to those used in computers - these can work fast enough to do two recordings and read a previously recorded programme (as evidenced if you don't have an eHDD.
This is also different from what happens with Bell and their USB drives. On the 9XXX series PVRs, the eHDD is used for archiving only and not for direct recording. On the 6XXX series, there is no iHDD, so the eHDD is used for single recordings because the 6XXX only has one tuner. The 6XXX can record one programme and watch a pre-recorded programme.