Originally posted by NorthJersey
it is active. Check out the cablevision_digital thread over on yahoo. Many have had luck using an external SATA1 drive connected to the 8300hd using a sata1<->sata2 cable (the connection on the 8300 is sata2)
I set this up last night on a Cablevision SA 8300HD.
Picked up a 300GB Seagate drive, Addonics SATA external drive kit, and Addonics ESATA -> SATA converter cable from buy.com for about $260 shipped.
Hooked it up and it was recognized without even rebooting. Added about 40hrs of HD, or about 300 hrs SD.
I haven't recorded anything yet, but should know tonight whether everything works.