External 1TB drive successful
I just purchased a Rogers 8642 PVR (160gb) from Audiotronic a few days ago. Great sale pricing this week at only $399. I was tired of renting my old 8300 from Rogers, and this unit will pay for itself in about a year and a half.
I wanted to expand the memory, so after reading many posts on this topic, I decided to give it a try. I purchased a Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue Hard Drive(model WD10EALS) and a Vantec Nextar 3 SATA Hard Drive enclosure (model NST-360SU) from Canada Computing. Total cost of these 2 items was just under $100 plus taxes.
I have never done anything like this before, so I was a little apprehensive. After opening the enclosure and the hard drive, and following the enclosed instructions, it literally took me less than 5 minutes to put the drive together.
I powered up the external drive, and the lights all came on. I unplugged my DVR, and plugged the eSATA cable (included with enclosure) into both the external drive and the DVR. I plugged the DVR back in, and once it booted up and the time was displaying on the front, I turned on the power swith. A message came up on my TV screen that asked if I would like to format the external storage device. I accepted, and within 2 minutes a message came up on the screen that said "The external storage device connected works with this DVR". Prior to installing this external drive, the DVR "Recording Space Used" screen claimed that I was using 25%. After installing the drive, this has dropped down to 4%.
The drive is silent, and so far has had no negative effects on the performance of recording and playback. I have not used more than 160 gigs of strorage yet, but will post again once I have reached that level.
This was a really simple do it yourself solution, even for those of us who really don't know what they are doing with this type of stuff.
It was sure nice to not have to buy the Rogers branded 1TB memory expander for $250 plus tax.