Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Astoria, NYC (Queens, NY)
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How would one replace the internal drive?
I know how to physically but will the box reformat the drive and make it available for usages.
And doesn't opening up the box get you in trouble with the cable company?
I always wondered if it was possible to just change the internal drive and skip the external drive process because I had a feeling the cable companies are cracking down on us attaching external drives (why they would mind is another question).
I have two 8300HD's and one was giving me trouble with the external drive, so I swapped out the box for an 8300HDC (I kept the other box the same, 8300HD, since that was working).
I had trouble with the 8300HDC, so I went back and did another swap and the clerk was nice enough to let me get one of the first of the new 8640HDC's from Cisco (she said I was the first one to get this batch of new boxes, I'm not sure if she was telling me the truth).
It's funny, however, there are more vent holes on the top and it's interesting that they are using simple 'CableCards' to get the connection. They have two slots on the back to insert 'cablecards', which there are two (for the two tuners).
But when I added my external drive, the box acted like nothing was plugged into it. So I was about to run some test to find out way.
Now I read that they turned off the eSata port.
Man, that sucks!
So this new internal drive swap sounds interesting and maybe I will try it, but I'm concerned about getting in trouble for opening the box.
And if it will automatically take a drive and set it up for usage automatically without me having to do anything, except putting in a drive that it will recognize. So I would need a list of supported drives and there top size that I can put in.
Thanks to all!
PS Or should I just go back to my 8300HD and get back my external eSATA port and make it easier and safer for myself!
Decisions, decisions, I don't like making these kind of decisions! LOL!
rlanza1054 Astoria Queens NYC
Time Warner, SA8300HDC, Mystro
Success with external Western Digital Caviar SE 16MB 500GB Model#: WD5000