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Power over eSATA (eSATAp) with external 3.5" HDD?

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You do not have an eSATAp port on the magnavox.
You do not have an eSATA port either.

Understood, but the adapter cable creates an eSATAp port--such as in this post by gm2040

You are simply trying to move the internal HDD to outside the box.

Not quite. I'm trying to regularly switch among external 3.5" drives without needing to power up and power a docking station.

As to not wanting to buy 2.5" HDD's and not wanting to use an external PS, you may not have a choice if you go this route, depending on your model. The later magnvox units cheaped out on the internal power supplies and were not able to reliably power a 3.5" HDD so they were shipped with 2.5" drives. If your model is one of those you will need a dock with an external PS if you want to use 3.5" HDD's.

Not an issue. I have a 513
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Originally Posted by Clint S. View Post
Hello all. I'm hoping one of you can clear-up some things for me please. I'm about to be "victimized" by Cox, again, with this all-digital and "mini-box" crap. Is my 2160A going to be yet another worthless POS?
Just to add to what Joe has said. All your analog channels are going dark. What you are left with all hinges on whether or not your local digital channels (major networks) are gong to be encrypted or not. If they are maintained as clear QAM you will be able to continue using the magnavox digital tuner as you do now. If all your digital channels are encrypted then life ends as you know it -- you will have to compromise in some way and it will most probably cost you more.

To continue using the magnavox as a primary recorder, you will be in the position of having to use an STB to record anything. And if you want to be able to watch one channel while recording another you will have to rent a separate STB just for the magnavox.

You can rent a Cox DVR. Since the DVR takes the place of the current STB, it will only cost you the difference between it and renting a STB. You can then hook your magnavox to the DVR's composite output to capture those shows you want to archive to DVD.

You can buy a TiVo Roamio and not pay any monthly fees to Cox. Right now you can buy a TiVo-renewed Roamio Basic/lifetime for $300. You get 4-tuners to eliminate conflicts and an incredible feature set that includes whole-house capability to eliminate more Cox STB's with Mini's. You can hook your magnavox to its composite outputs to capture those shows you want to archive to DVD or just pull them over to your PC. The money you save by returning the STB can be used to pay for the cable card. This will be your cheapest option in the long run. If you are a heavy user of Cox on-demand this will be a problem with a TiVo -- you will either have to compromise or opt for the Cox DVR. The TiVo deal is a steal and will not last long -- normal price for a Roamio Basic/lifetime = $550.
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What you are left with all hinges on whether or not your local digital channels (major networks) are gong to be encrypted or not.
All the information I've been able to read says Cox is going to encrypt everything. They just started distributing the mini boxes in my area but I don't think any of the analog channels have disappeared yet. The total encryption is supposed to happen at the end of the analog phase-out.

I cut the cord several years ago but I get to help a neighbor with the Cox changeover and they have a Maggie. I'm hoping to set it up with an OTA antenna when the clear QAM goes away.
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