Update. Apparently, Brighthouse customers can connect an external SATA to the 8300:
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> To: marcuslaw
> Subject: Re: Web Customer Contact - General Inquiry <<#x#>>
> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 16:21:02 +0000
> Hi Anthony
> Here is some information regarding external hard drive.
> Helpful hints to Maximize DVR Storage Space
> The DVR is not intented as a long-term storage device. Make the most efficient use of your storage space by following these guidelines:
> · Change Save Time. Set your default Save Time setting to 14 days or less. Setting it to "Until I Erase" causes the storage space to fill up more quickly. (To adjust Save Time: Select List>B for Preferences and then select "Change Save Time for future recordings.")
> · Copy to VCR. After you watch a recording, decide to either erase it or keep it permanently by transferring it to a VCR tape. To record to a VCR tape, select the program to be copied, select "Copy to VCR". Make sure to connect RCA cables from the DVR Output (OUT2VCR) and connect to the inputs on the VCR. Select record on the VCR, then on the DVR select the A to Start Copy. This will play back the DVR recording on the 2nd tuner so that live programming is still available to view during the recording time.
> · Auto Erase. This feature automatically erases the oldest recordings whenever additional space is needed to record a new program. However, this feature does not erase programs that have a save time of "Until I Erase". These recordings remain until you decide to erase them. (To activate this feature Select List > Select B for Preferences and then select "Turn ON Auto Erase.)
> · External Hard Drive. For more advanced storage solutions, some DVR models (SA 8300 and SA 8300HD) can be connected to an external Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive for expanded recording capability. Serial ATA hard disk drives are currently not provided by Bright House Networks, however customers may purchase them directly from the manufacturer or other vendor. Customers interested in this option should be directed to www.scientificatlanta.com
for more informationbefore purchasing any equipment.
> · Monitor Current Recording Space. Customers can check their "Recording Space Used", by selecting List > B for Preferences and then selecting Recording Space Used. Keep Current Recording Space at a safe level to ensure that future recordings to not cause the hard drive to become completely full.
> Thank you for being a Bright House customer. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional inquiries you may have. Have a great day!