So the story goes that we have an 8300+ that was replaced by videotron with another 8300+, and since then, my external disk will be detected by the PVR, it prompts me to format the disk (which it completes succesfully), the available space changes, but as soon as the PVR goes to sleep/spins down, the light on ther enclosure goes into a blinking cycle and the disk isn't seen anymore by the PVR.
Ok, so as recommended, I took the disk out of the enclosure and put it in a PC.
The hard disk is a western digital BLACK series model WD1002FAEX w 64 MB of onboard cache, with the jumpers on the disc at the default.
I ran the WD datalife tools, doing a short test (passed), a long test (passed) and wrote zeros all over the disc (completed successfully). So I know the disk is fine, and there are no remnants of the old PVR on the disk.
So I unplug my PVR, plug in and power up the external disk, plug in the PVR, it detects it, formats it, space changes....and 20-30 minutes later the PVR spins down (we were watching a DVD, so the PVR wasn`t in use).....again the external disk vanishes and the light on the external box goes into a crazy flashing/pulsing cycle...