It appears that you must archive individual recordings. When the internal is full, you can not record any more without deleting some. This is a big down side to this unit as compared to the Rogers HD PVR, which allows recording to both the internal and external drives. The receiver automatically chooses to record on whichever drive has more space available. All recordings, on both drives, appear in the list of recorded shows. The user never has to do any transferring between drives. This seems much more user-friendly. Also, the Rogers unit works with a eSata cable, which is way faster than USB. Otherwise, the two seem comparable.Just to be clear here is the ext drive just to archive? Like can't you have shows record directly to the ext drive?
Say I go on vacation and and I reach the 30hr hd limit on recorded shows on the internal drive will it erase the oldest shows like it always did?
The 9242 will format all existing data/file system from the drive, so it really can't be used for the two.From anybody who has an external drive working, I'd like to know if I can use the same drive for archiving PVR and for Archiving from our laptops?
After the drive is formatted buy the PVR, will it still work on my PC? Or would it need to be formatted again?
An interesting question but I am guessing here, I don't have the 9242 yet, is that you can only archive what you have recorded. So if you record the entire show, then you can only archive the entirs show, commercials and all.Also, one question that is not clearly answered in this thread is whether or not parts of recorded programs can be archived. E.g., eliminating commercials or retaining only highlights of sports programs.