Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Well, my local Target's prices were a bit higher than yours, but not much: $14.99 for 32GB and $21.99 for 64GB. So I grabbed a 64GB one. What's an extra buck for the convenience of buying (and, if something goes wrong, returning) locally, especially since shipping would have far exceeded the difference (unless I'd bought more Amazon crap to go with it)? I had the iView reformat it to NTFS (it comes formatted with the dreaded exFAT format, which the iView thinks is FAT32 but it isn't), and it time-shifts perfectly, even on Fox. (Not the highest bit-rate channel, but pretty respectable at >15 Mbps.) It's also much faster at starting time-shifting than a larger 500MB spinning-platter drive, so it looks like a keeper to me.
I haven't checked standalone recording yet, but since it time-shifts perfectly, surely it can do the same without simultaneously playing back the content. So between you, me, and eherberg, that's three votes for the SanDisk Ultra thumb drive models.
I was in the Target down the street on Friday, and took note of the actual prices of the SanDisk Ultra flash drives (I slightly misreported them before):
64GB: $19.99 (NOT $20.99 as I reported before)
Only the 32GB drives have been on the rack for at least a week now. But I can't believe how YOUR Target rips you off!!! I mean, there might be local differences based on the cost of living in the area, but where I live, a 2bdrm 900sq.ft. shack costs like a $1million, so you must live in friggin' Kuwait!!!
I also can't believe Fox has a 15Mbps rate, much lower here. One of the reasons I would ideally want to use a flash drive is the issue of an HDD spinning up (or not) before it starts to actually work; I've had hard drives take like 20 seconds to start recording, so pausing live TV really takes a long paaaauuuuuussse...
I was recording like crazy last Friday on the SanDisk, about eight hours worth, all kinds of channel data rates, not a single drive-related problem...