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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 2007-08-21, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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SA8300 & 8300HD : New hard drive available

I have been looking for something like this for a while. I found an external hard drive from Western Digital made just for the SA Explorer DVR's that give 500G hard drive.

You only need to plug it in and everything is included, no need to be a tech wizard to make it work or connect it.

DVR Expander
http://www.westerndigital.com/en/pro...sp?DriveID=334

I think it is only available directly trough Western Digital's web store.

Now for those of you who are tech wizard, I found on their website another external hard drive the My Book Premium ES Edition. That one has the same capacity, 500G, but on top of the usual USB port has the esata port and includes the sata cable.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=276

This product is more available everywhere, so it is easier to find a better price for it (both the DVR Expander and this Premium ES edition have a list price of 199$ on WD site). Also, It can be use for a computer if I decide to stop using it for the DVR.

Can anyone confirm to me that both would work exactly the same for my DVR and I don't need to get the DVR Expander if I can find the ES unit for less...
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 2007-08-25, 07:52 AM
 
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JR, I would be hesitant in purchasing the second drive. The reason is this unit has specialized power-saving features that *might* interfere with the 8300. You would only know for certain if you tested it. As a few people have found out the enclosure it the critical part. The Vantec's have been reliable for most people.
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Not sure if the OP has seen the following thread, however, you can purchase the drive and enclosure assembled (WD500/Vantec combination for example - see the last few pages of that thread) from some stores, and then the startup procedure is pretty simple as outlined there...

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=23773

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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 2007-10-09, 04:22 PM
 
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anyone know how i can buy a my dvr expander in canada? wd doesn't ship here. :-(

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Did you check out the link in post 4 or are you specifically only interested in the "expander"?

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As noted by 57, a lot cheaper to build your own but that's another thread.


Videotron has been selling a Maxtor drive for years for use with the SA8300. Have you priced their unit? I see no reason why this shouldn't work but Videotron may specifically prevent it through firmware.

I recommend contacting WD for assurances.



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The Videotron External HDD is only 160 GB and I believe it's $200.

If you can't put together the enclosure and the drive (a few minutes work) many places will do this for you for a few $.

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I could not find that external Maxtor drive that Videotron is selling for the SA8300HD, can you please post the link for it or tell me the exact model number?

TIA
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There was an old link in post 4 of the following, but it appears to be non-functional now.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=33709

Perhaps based on the URL you can find it? (disquedur_enp)

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I tried to find the unit online and it appears Videotron may have stopped selling it. Not surprising since they only offered 160GB versions.
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500GB DVR Expander $139 today from Dell

Does anyone have experience with this unit and their "Videotron"HD/PVR (3500)?

The deal is on only today and seems pretty hot!

Please advise if you can.

Thanks in advance


http://accessories.dell.com/sna/prod...1&sku=A1351086
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Will they actually ship it to Canada? I thought we couldn't buy electronics from the USA...
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post #15 of 25 (permalink) Old 2007-12-07, 11:13 PM
 
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It's sold out. It was a one day deal at Dell Canada. Selling for $140.
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