I have a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD PVR and Rogers is my digital cable service provider. I bought a 500GB Western Digital external hard drive and a Vantec Nexstar 3 enclosure to have more than the 160GB hard drive the PVR came with. Problem is that I am at 90something% used capacity so I need more space.
I wrote about this at another forum and the result seemed to be cloning from the external hard drive to another external hard drive with a larger memory. I found it complicated to do so myself and don't want to spend $150 as I was told it would cost, for the cloning alone.
I then made a suggestion. I don't have a laptop so I thought, what if I bought a laptop with a, let's say, a 320GB hard drive. I felt I could tape shows from the connected TV cable from my Sony LCD TV to my laptop. I knew I would need a Hauppauge software tv tuner or the equivalent. Then I felt I could watch back the shows on my TV or I could take the laptop and watch it downstairs. I even felt I could buy an external hard drive that connects to the laptop, to have backup for the internal drive of the laptop plus more memory. It seemed like a good idea. Anyhow, someone at the forum wrote that a laptop can't act as an external hard drive for my TV and that I should write to this forum and ask about a HTPC instead. Please help. I am unsure what to do. Thanks.