Don't have another drive to try (not yet anyway). As is often the case there's recorded material on the External that I'm rather anxious to recover. A few TV shows where I was interviewed - my Mrs. kinda' wanted to keep those. And I had some Allman Brothers and Tragically Hip concert stuff I enjoy. Among others.Have you tried another drive? One of the issues I've found, and why I won't use them, is that any fault with external eSATA connections has the possibility of making the main device unstable. I had a STB once that rebooted every time the eSATA cable moved. The fault was with the eSATA connector in the STB. It was a refurb so I figure someone else must have damaged it and sent it back under warranty. It seems like little as possible effort goes into testing and fixing faulty STBs so that left the next customer to deal with it. Most people wouldn't have an issue until they tried to attach an external drive.