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There was recently a thread posing the question if any HD DVD Players were ever made with an internal Hard Drive for recording purposes. A few people commented that no such device was ever for sale (or ever existed) and then the thread was locked by the moderator, who also stated that these Hard Drive based players never existed.

This is simply NOT TRUE.

Toshiba did in fact introduce 3 Hard Drive based HD DVD recording machines for consumer use in the Japanese market. They were complete with internal hard drives and could record to a number of different disc formats, including recording High Def material to DVD with virtually no loss of quality. They also had built-in HD Tuners for recording live broadcasts to both Hard Drive or Disc.

I am only opening up this thread to prevent the spread of false information about the subject.

The Toshiba RD-A300 had a 300GB internal hard drive.
The Toshiba RD-A301 had a 300GB internal hard drive.
The Toshiba RD-A600 had a 600GB internal hard drive.

Here are links to the product pages:


RD-A301
http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2007_10/pr3101.htm

RD-A600
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/12/toshibas-vardia-rd-a600-hd-dvd-recorder-with-600gb-disk/

RD-A300 & RD-A600
http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2007_06/pr1202.htm

By the way, they are still available for sale on Amazon's Japanese site for approximately $1,376 for a new unit or $677 for a used unit eek.gif

Just an FYI to the uninformed...
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There was recently a thread posing the question if any HD DVD Players were ever made with an internal Hard Drive for recording purposes. A few people commented that no such device was ever for sale (or ever existed) and then the thread was locked by the moderator, who also stated that these Hard Drive based players never existed.

This is simply NOT TRUE.

Toshiba did in fact introduce 3 Hard Drive based HD DVD recording machines for consumer use in the Japanese market. They were complete with internal hard drives and could record to a number of different disc formats, including recording High Def material to DVD with virtually no loss of quality. They also had built-in HD Tuners for recording live broadcasts to both Hard Drive or Disc.

I am only opening up this thread to prevent the spread of false information about the subject.

The Toshiba RD-A300 had a 300GB internal hard drive.
The Toshiba RD-A301 had a 300GB internal hard drive.
The Toshiba RD-A600 had a 600GB internal hard drive.

Here are links to the product pages:


RD-A301
http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2007_10/pr3101.htm

RD-A600
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/12/toshibas-vardia-rd-a600-hd-dvd-recorder-with-600gb-disk/

RD-A300 & RD-A600
http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2007_06/pr1202.htm

By the way, they are still available for sale on Amazon's Japanese site for approximately $1,376 for a new unit or $677 for a used unit eek.gif

Just an FYI to the uninformed...

You are correct. I almost bought one of these units a few years ago, but not understanding japanese was/is a big negative not being able to navigate the menu system. They also had firewire interconnects on them as I recall. Pretty cool devices. Too bad these cool designs never make it across the pacific to here in the US.
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