Depends on the space % shown. As has been discussed in this thread and the 8642 owner's thread, when the space used is relatively low, the 8642 does not accurately report the space used. Try recording a lot more material. If about 3-5% is used for each hour of HD, then the drive is not seen, but if about 1% is used for each hour, then the drive is seen.
Most people with the 8642 replace the iHDD rather than add an eHDD. Works better.
So, can i say, and I really hope I can, that the lost recordings that are plaguing the 8300 box are not happening with this box? I have used externals for years. NEVER had an issue until this year. I am getting sick of the monthly loss of all my recordings. I work shift work, and not around when prime time tv is on. I count on the PVR.
I even changed my case to the nexstar 3 and upgraded my drive from the hitachi to the Western Digital black drive.
Hi, very imformative site! I just wanted to confirm that the 1) Vantec NexStar3 NST-360SU-BK (Black) USB2.0 3.5" Aluminum External SATA Hard Drive Enclosure and 2) Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1002FAEX) 1000GB (1TB) SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache (OEM) is still working or are there better combinations for the 8642hd? Is it necessary to format into fat32? The 160Gigabyte fills up fast with all the new primetime shows lol.
Hi, thanks for the quick response. I was referring to post #65 where it was said the drive needs to be pre-formatted in fat32. So I guess adding the external hard drive and formatting it with the 8642hd is what they meant?
FAT32 isn't a prerequisite in all cases. I for one just plopped my drive in and went from there. Some have found that formatting the drive to Fat32 and then reformatting again will help kick the drive in gear.
Thanks, I just plopped it in also and it seems to be working fine. The only issue I'm having is the screen is blacking out intermittently. When I change channels it seems to go away. Any idea what may be causing this? Thanks
I just lost my recordings again the last time was Thaksgiving. Seems to be happenning more often. A spontaneous reboot occured of my DVR and my other STB at the same time (11:30 a.m.) with no power outage. Rogers CSR confirmed that I am going to go to the Rogers store and exchange the 8300 for an 8642. Is the Thermaltake ST0005U WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX combo the best one to attach? I have also seen the Thermaltake ST0014U mentioned I have also seen a Vantec enclosure mentioned in this thread. Is it more stable. Since I am renting changing the iHDD is not an option. Or should I stick with the 83000 and just purchase the Thermaltake ST0005U WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX combo? What is the latest thinking in this regard.
Record a couple of hours of HD. If it says roughly 5% more was used, then it's only 160 GB, if it says only 1% more was used then it's using 1TB+
I exchanged the 83000 for the 8642. I connected it at about 3:30 p.m. After booting up w/o the eHDD I checked the recording space used. Without any recordings the 8642 shows 0 space used. As soon as I start recording the recording space used immediately jumps to 12%. I deleted the recordings and the space used is back to 0%. Start recording and it immediately reads 12% used. Just for kicks I connected the eHDD. After the usual rebooting and reformatting and the message that the external works with the PVR the space used reads 3%. The 8642 records to the PVR ok.
I disconnect the eHDD rebooted deleted all recordings so space used is 0%. I started recording again and it again reads 12% space usage.