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post #211 of 8998
I got together with some others here in Rochester, NY and purchased 14 cables from CRUZ. The price figured out to $13/cable.
post #212 of 8998
I bought this cable from buy.com for $22 (free shipping) ... I know its more than others are paying ... but I am in a hurry to get it here :-)

Search for: "TCB-SATA-2/1" ... which happens to the mfg part for the Sonnet cable (eSATA to SATA 1)

Cheers.
post #213 of 8998
I would also like to add many thanks to DMILANI,

I had success adding a 300GB SATA (Seagate ST3300831AS),
Addonics combo hard drive kit, black, and eSATA/SATA cable.
8300 firmware is SARA 1.85.19.1

It's nice to be able to have 60 hrs of HD programming stored!
post #214 of 8998
the guy from newegg said that i can use a regular sata cable to connect to the 8300hd. is this not true?
post #215 of 8998
Quote:


Originally posted by Kenther2004
the guy from newegg said that i can use a regular sata cable to connect to the 8300hd. is this not true?

Nope. Not true.

Has to be what is referred to as e.SATA cable, although standards seem sketchy about what that really is.

Trust me, I and others have tried the standard SATA cable and it does not fit.

/temple
post #216 of 8998
thanks. so what is the best way to connect regular sata output to the e-sata on the back of the 8300hd?
post #217 of 8998
Kenther,

Look at the very first post - it's there. (Cable from CRUZ)
post #218 of 8998
Has anyone tried a 400GB drive with a SA8300? Many people are using 300GB drives...any reason why a 400GB will not work?
post #219 of 8998
I am using a 400g Hitachi Deskstar from addonics without any problems.
post #220 of 8998
Quote:


Originally posted by Ash Sharma
I am usinga 400g Hitachi Deskstar from addonics with any problems.

Did you type that correctly? ("...with any problems.") or do you have problems. If so, what are they?
post #221 of 8998
Sorry for Typo - I meant 'without'
Edited previous post
post #222 of 8998
just received bytecc ide to sata enclosure. my western digital 250gb ide drive needs to have it's jumper position set. the choices are: cable select, single, dual (master), dual (slave). can anyone please tell me the proper jumper position to use with my 8300hd? thanks.
post #223 of 8998
Quote:


Originally posted by Kenther2004
just received bytecc ide to sata enclosure. my western digital 250gb ide drive needs to have it's jumper position set. the choices are: cable select, single, dual (master), dual (slave). can anyone please tell me the proper jumper position to use with my 8300hd? thanks.

single
post #224 of 8998
Though Adelphia cable in Buffalo says that the SATA connectors on their SA8300HDs aren't active I installed an external Maxtor 300GB SATA drive in a customer's house yesterday. It worked perfectly! We used the EP-301SA enclosure kit from New Egg with the CRUZ cable. This enclosure included a (very) quiet fan.
LL
post #225 of 8998
Quote:


Originally posted by sgr
>>Also, Silicon Image demonstrated with Scientific Atlanta (at CES) a RAID system that will allow expansion of the 8300HD up to several Terabytes.<<

Great i know that Lacie make external SATA In a raid array for a terabytes

sound like monster storage for the sa8300hd

cool

Martin
post #226 of 8998
Just to confirm, the SATA port on Cox SA 8300HD boxes do work, right? I read the other posts in the thread about the 1394 port being disabled and some possible pixelation problems but just wanted to double-check. Thanks!
post #227 of 8998
As far as I can tell, the cable companies do not specifically activate the SATA port. Most versions of SARA software on the 8300HD support it. Regarding pixelation with the external SARA: I have not noticed an increase in these problems with programs stored on the Ext drive. If I have noticed anything it is that there may be fewer such problems on the ext drive. But I went for a real SATA drive (with 150MBs transfer rate & 16MB buffer).
post #228 of 8998
I've got a friend who just put in an external drive who raises an interesting question? What happens when you loose power due to a storm or such? They have frequent power outages where he lives.

Does anyone have experience with this?

I would guess that everything would come up OK - but does anyone really know?

Thanks
post #229 of 8998
I had the power in my apartment go out once while recording an episode of CSI and when the electricity came back, the dvr started recording again. The portion that was recorded before the power went out was still on the box and viewable.

Quote:


Originally posted by davehancock
I've got a friend who just put in an external drive who raises an interesting question? What happens when you loose power due to a storm or such? They have frequent power outages where he lives.

Does anyone have experience with this?

I would guess that everything would come up OK - but does anyone really know?

Thanks
post #230 of 8998
This was with an external drive on the DVR? If so, I trust that the external drive was still recognized and fully functional?
post #231 of 8998
Quote:
Originally posted by davehancock
This was with an external drive on the DVR? If so, I trust that the external drive was still recognized and fully functional?

This was with my external drive connected. I can't say for sure where CSI was being recorded at that time, but when my power came back, everything was working normally.
post #232 of 8998
Quote:
Originally posted by Carl Sims
I had the power in my apartment go out once while recording an episode of CSI and when the electricity came back, the dvr started recording again. The portion that was recorded before the power went out was still on the box and viewable.

the sa8300hd buffers up to an hour of the channels programing that you are watching..correct??? i mean how long was the power gone!!! carl??

Martin
post #233 of 8998
Quote:
Originally posted by Prehjan
the sa8300hd buffers up to an hour of the channels programing that you are watching..correct??? i mean how long was the power gone!!! carl??

Martin

My power was out around 5 minutes.
post #234 of 8998
When the power goes out, I believe you lose the buffer and all that is captured is what's currently been written to the HDD. When the power comes back on, the 8300 sees that it has a recording scheduled and starts recording from that point. You obviously lose whatever happened while the power was out. Or did I misunderstand Prehjan's comment?
post #235 of 8998
no you got it....that is what i was thinkingwas happening...i mean how could it record with no power..or maybe it asked where it was and starts recording while you watching it from there on...but i dont think dvr's are that advanced yet!!! neither are cable companies!!!
as far as line conditioning/surge protction...i sue a belkin pf60..and it does the job, you can also shut off the beep...as far as upc systems...seen them at work , but neevr had one in person

call me martin from now on doubledaz...

thanks

MArtin
post #236 of 8998
How about getting a UPS? I have a TrippLite 1100KVA UPS I got at CostCo for about $100 protecting the 8300HD and everything else in my entertainment cabinet. Works great and has more than enough juice to keep everything alive over a short power outage.
post #237 of 8998
Does that UPS beep when power is out? Nothing is worse than a UPS beeps at midnight when power goes out (my old APC UPS). That's only reason I didn't use a UPS in my house. I'd rather loss some recordings than loss my sleep
post #238 of 8998
Yep, it beeps but I don't notice that much because it's buried in a cabinet. There may also be a way to turn that off permanently. The guy in the office next to me has a "blackout buster" and he actually took it apart to disconnect the beeper.

One thing I do like about the TrippLite is that the battery is designed to be user-replaceable and the battery is easily accessible from the back. Most other UPSs I've had have to be completely disassembled.
post #239 of 8998
Thanks DMILANI from another happy forum member.

I bought the following:
addonics AECHDSA35 combo enclosure/fan-cradle/power kit $47 inc.shipping
cruz sata II-SATA I cable. Thanks again davehancock .
maxtor 250GB 7Y250M0 SATA drive from newegg at $128.
( I was thinking of a 300-400gb drive, but saw this special and my budget)

Putting the drive and enclosure together was a snap. Got connection sequence from SA explorer club. Booted 8300HD and formatted. Let it format for 1 hr. Probably not necessary, but I wanted to be sure. Next re-booted again and got message drive was a go.

My disk usage went from 52% to 19%. This is great since I have a lot of recordings set for Friday/Saturday.

Provider is TWC in Rochester, NY. One day I'll get into the diagnostics and see what firmware I have, but it's probably the same as in davehancock 's post.
post #240 of 8998
Would the following HD be good enough with the Cruz cable and the ByteCC External Enclosure from NewEgg?

Seagate UATA
# Capacity: 300GB
# Seek Time: 8.5ms
# 7200RPM
# 8MB Buffer

Or do I need a 16MB buffer?

Thanks!
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