Originally Posted by DSperber
Just tonight replaced the Seagate 400gb (ST3400832AS) I originally purchased with a Maxtor Maxline III 300gb (7L300S0). So far, 100% of the performance problems and glitches I've had with controlling "live" TV (both SD and HD) as well as playing back recordings (both SD and HD) seem to have disappeared completely!...
I just today read through all of the thread (2nd time for much of it) and after looking at all the options, etc. -- put my order in for the Cruz cable (2 meter) @ roughly $25 with shipping, and from NewEgg:
EXT SATA ENCLSR E-POWER EP-301SA - Retail (Qty=1,Price=$33.85)
HDD MAXTOR|16M SATA 7200 7L300S0 % - OEM (Qty=1,Price=$157.00)
Extended Warranty Fee: $0.00
Shipping and Handling Charge**: $9.98
Total with the cable will be ~$225
I paid about $20 extra for the higher-end 300gb Maxtor drive that DSperber suggested with the 5 yr. warranty. I figured that it's worth the money if it's quieter, and the extra warranty won't hurt.
(Newegg has the other 300gb Maxtor SATA drives for about $132 or so on their Labor day special).
Hopefully I'll have everything received, installed, and working before I leave for vacation on Sept 13th.
Will post results in a week or so - Cox SARA Fairfax, VA