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It appears that there a files on the hard disk that must be on any new drive installed in the system for it to work. That being said, we've tested a larger drive, with those files on it, and it only records 80 gigs worth of data, no matter how large your drive is. From what we can tell, there must be some kind of limit on one of the chips inside the PVR.
The good news, is you can do a sector by sector copy of the disk, to a new 80 gig disk. Once that's done, swapping disks around isn't a problem. However, due to the length of the cables, and the location of the hard disk, it seems impractical to me that anyone could install a drive caddy/enclosure for quick removal of drives.
At this point, we need someone who knows something about IC's and programming to take a look at where the data telling the PVR how large the drive is, would be located, and to see if it's even at all possible to be changed/flashed. If it's embedded in the code, or in the chip, then it's probably not possible to change.
It would be nice to hear from someone else who's done some testing, see if they made any discoveries or came to any conclusions? Anyone?