Originally posted by MoG
I'm in Austin too and just got an 8300HD from TWC here. Were you abeot find out if the external SATA feature works here?
Only that it's in testing at TimeWarner and there are a couple of issues -- mostly having to do with what happens if the external drive suddenly powers down. Apparently you can lose recordings on both the external and the internal drive.
I received the cable from Cruz yesterday but wasn't able to hook it up until tonight. I unplugged the SATA drive from my PC, took it downstairs, connected it and a message box flashed on the screen -- something about the drive having an invalid format. I looked through the menus and didn't see any items about formatting it, and the drive clacked once every while so I left it alone for an hour.
After an hour, nothing changed, so I rebooted the SA8300HD with the three-finger salute (info+volup+voldown or info+channelup+channeldown -- my fingers know). When it came back up it complained about a disk with an invalid format, and again no options other than "Ok". So I left it alone for another hour (watched the DVR during this period). Finally, I rebooted it again.
This time, it took a long time to reboot (10 minutes) and I could hear the external drive seeking every few seconds. Not good, I thought. Finally, the clock came back on, I turned on the SA8300HD and lo and behold it said
"There is an external storage device attached that will work with the DVR. Warning..."
I can't remember the text of the warning, but it had something to do with losing programs if I power down the external drive or unplug it. Both the SA83000HD and DVR are on a UPS so hopefully that won' t be an issue.
So... it appears the SATA port is functional in Austin. This is SARA 18.104.22.168. My DVR was 50% full before, and now it reports being 13% full! Just in time for the March-April reruns...
BTW, both the SATA cable that came with the Apricorn case and the SATA 1.0 end of the Cruz cable lock onto the Apricorn case really tightly. If the only difference between SATA-1 and SATA-2 is the connector, then that's kind of silly.