I just recently switched over from DirecTV Tivo service to Brighthouse Cable (in Apopka, FL). I was given two of these SA8300HD units (they are running the Navigator software). They have the standard Maxtor 160GB drive in them. I need more space.
From what I have read on these boards, I have the following options:
1. Switch out the internal drive with a larger IDE PATA drive (looks like 500GB is the max out there).
2. Add an external SATA drive (available in 1TB+ sizes).
3. Replace the internal PATA drive with a larger SATA drive (with a bridge connector).
I tried option 1 (larger internal PATA drive) and swapped out the Maxtor drive with a Seagate 500GB drive (ST3500641A). This was a 2nd drive I had previously in my Tivo box, which was working flawlessly. The install went as described, a bunch of codes on the machine, a few reboots, and it came up successfully after about 15 minutes.
I was pretty happy with this swap until I started seeing the dreaded 'glitches' (picture and sound pixelization). These were ocurring every minute or so, on live tv and on recordings. So I ended up re-installing the original 160GB drive and I am now back to square one.
From what I have seen on these posts. Some people have done this internal drive swap with the Western Digital Caviar Blue drive (WD5000AAKB). I would like to know if they are experiencing any of these gliltches with this drive.
Also, if there is anyone out there who has installed one of those external DVR Expander drives (from Western Digital, Apricorn, Iomega, etc), I would like to know if they are seeing any glitches on these as well.
Any help or guidance would be appreciated.