Ok so I just spent the past 2-3 hours trying to connect a esata external drive to my samsung smt h3270.
So time warner cable disabled the esata but there is a way to enable it.
YOU WILL LOSE EVERYTHING ON YOUR HDD while doing this.
Enter diagnostics by holding [Vol+] and [INFO] simultaneously on the front panel for about 10 seconds, then release.
so now go to
extended diag. > diagnostics
This will now ask you for a password mine was "time" as in time warner, enter this with the numeric key pad.
now run 08 factory default reset
you may also need to run 09 factory test mode enabled. Then run it again to disable it.
now go back to the main page and go
type password (which is now 3270 since the factory def was reset)
now do 03 mount esata with checking, then do 05 format esata.
thats it now you have a time warner 3207 box that can record on esata
OK so Ive been using the dvr for a few hours now and the 1tb esata drive is working fine (Im far less than 1% with 5+ hrs of hd recorded).
One thing about the dvr if you unplug it and disconnect the esata drive (as I had to do to move it behind the tv/console as I moved it for testing reasons) and then plug it back in before you plug in the power cord it will reset and erase everything on the dvr. My previous dvr the scientific atalanta 8300 or so would not do this and erase everything. Anyways let it be known set it up plug it in and leave it where it is, then you will not have any problems.
PS. I just set it back up recorded one show and killed the breaker to the family room and same thing erases the drive. So in the event of a power failure you will indeed lose everything on the drive. So be warned of this you could get a UPS but most of those only last 20 mins or so, and well power failures due to city outages can last 2-12 hours.