Here is a 3-page PDF Parts List Set-Up with No-Enclosure. / Google Doc link for non-AVSF members:
This is what I have been using since Feb 2010 with no problems. I have swapped the WD1001FALS 32MB Cache for a WD1002FAEX 64MB Cache, both work without issues.
The reason I recommend using no enclosure is to eliminate the need to find a compatible enclosure that will not cause your Ext HDD to glitch during recording. Some enclosures that worked in the past have changed the chipset inside and may no longer work as well as they have in the past.
Tested the new "beta" Passport Version 3.1.124 and it does Prompt for a Format of a New Ext HDD.
Not sure when it happened, But I just noticed the "beta" Passport Version the DVR was running has been updated, again. I checked to see if it would prompt for the removal of the Ext HDD, and it does. I have not tested to see if it prompts for a Format of a NEW Ext HDD.
Prior beta version:
Passport Vers: 3.1.091
OS Vers: PowerTV 188.8.131.52sp
New Passport version:
Passport Vers: 3.1.124
OS Vers: (did not change, PowerTV 184.108.40.206sp)
AFAIK, there is no firmware for using an Ext HDD on the 8642HDC (Black DVR) running Passport.
Still working great....The days are numbered for my 8240HDC, TiVo Premiere is now my DVR of choice. and will become my Whole Home DVR solution.
Currently beta testing Passport Echo Vers. 3.1.091 and PowerTV Vers. 220.127.116.11sp, This update has fixed the formatting issue with the 8240HDC.
I strongly suggest you set all recordings and series recordings to "Save Until Manually Erased" -- The Blue Diamond ♦ next to the recording indicates this setting.
After a CableCARD update was pushed to the DVR, I lost all recordings that were marked "Save Until Space Is Needed".
Still running Passport Echo Vers. 3.1.086 and PowerTV Vers. 18.104.22.168sp, Without issues. Other than no "New" Ext HDD formatting.
Waiting for Cox to deploy an update for the 8240HDC to once again recognize a "New" Ext HDD for formatting.
Cox Arizona has confirmed several times an update is testing, to be released summer 2011.
Both Cox San Diego and Cox Las Vegas have now updated to Passport Echo Vers. 3.1.086 and PowerTV Vers. 22.214.171.124sp, and compromised eSATA External HDD Expansion on the 8240HDC.
I just discovered that with the new Passport IPG, in PHX AZ, my 8240HDC will no longer format a "New" External HDD. The one that was previously formatted while running SARA still works. I am hoping and contacting Cox to find out why. The 8300HD still will format a New Ext HDD. Cox Arizona acknowledges the problem and states they are working with Rovi Corp to try and resolve the issue. The same issue was reported by a customer with Blue Ridge Communications using Passport Echo Vers. 3.1.086 and PowerTV Vers. 126.96.36.199sp
Updated 11/10/10: External HDD working as expected. NOTE: The following Software Versions Will NOT Format a New Ext HDD.
Just downloaded Passport to my 8240HDC
- Version: Passport Echo 3.1.085 - Sep 13 2010 16:20:06
- OS Version: PowerTV 188.8.131.52sp - Jun 2 2010 2:20:38 PM
Updated 11/05/10: Still no issues, Still on SARA, should be upgraded to Passport Echo around 11/10/10. I will report back how the transition goes.
Updated 8/27/10: Swapped the WD1001FALS 32MB Cache for a WD1002FAEX 64MB Cache. Still solid performance, no issues to report, Still on SARA, waiting for delayed CoxPHX transition to Passport.
Updated 8/15/10: Still solid performance, no issues to report, Still on SARA, waiting for delayed CoxPHX transition to Passport.
Updated 5/14/10: I just wrapped my bare Ext. HDD in a SIIG CE-PR0112-S1 Hard Disk Protector Sleeve for 3.5" Drive, Really reduces the noise and vibrations, but doesn't raise the temperature.
Updated 5/08/10: I returned the Ext. HDD to my bare drive config. (no enclosure) w/ a harddrive cooler attached. With summer here the HDD was at 140°F in the enclosure. Bare HDD w/ the cooler, it dropped to 86°F. Still solid performance.
Updated 5/03/10: No Glitches since install on 2/07/10, Ext. HDD still installed in a Wintec FileMate 3FME3B2TB-R enclosure
I installed my bare HDD into a Wintec FileMate 3FME3B2TB-R enclosure on 4/16/10 to see if the drive glitched with that particular enclosure. And the answer is NO GLITCHES. But, in an enclosure, in the AV cabinet, the HDD gets mighty hot (though cooler than the DVR itself) while recording two HD streams and watching a third time shifted. But the combo does work. I will probably return to the Direct Connection, to avoid any heat build-up issues.
Recommended HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB, Enclosure: None (See PDF at Top of post) or Wintec FileMate 3FME3B2TB-R or Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360SU-BK Current reviews are that Vantec may have changed the chipset in their enclosure and some report the newer Vantec NexStar 3 may not be as successful.
BTW the WD10000LSRTL - Retail Box is the same drive as the WD1001FALS Bare Drive
Updated 4/16/10: No Glitches since install on 2/07/10 w/ the HDD Direct Connection
Thanks to "Jon8RFC" for this suggestion, see his comments: http://baseportal.com/baseportal/xna...b=main&Id==276
Try this, if you have not found a setup that works, it worked for me with the following drive WD1001FALS. I also have the SA8240HDC SARA v1.90.5.a113, in Phoenix. http://baseportal.com/baseportal/xna...b=main&Id==482
Instructions for a bare drive connection (no enclosure), I recommend adding a HDD cooler and a HDD Protector Sleeve
1) Connect drive to computer, delete all partitions, format HDD (If it is a brand new drive this should not be necessary)
....Instructions on how to reformat (using windows) an already DVR formatted HDD: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post18414497
SARA IPG Instructions for connecting an External eSATA HDD
2) Unplug power from the DVR
3) Use an SATA to eSATA cable. (I-L) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00180F236/
4) Connect SATA connector directly to bare drive - eSATA connector to eSATA port on the DVR
5) Connect power to external drive. (power connection supplied by an auxiliary molex power supply: http://www.amazon.com/110v-4pin-mole...dp/B000MGG6SC/ with a SATA power converter cable on the end: http://www.amazon.com/ATX-Molex-Powe.../dp/B001ENSZ8Q )
6) Wait a few minutes for drive to spin-up.
7) Plug in power to DVR.
8) Wait until the time displays on the DVR
9) Turn on DVR and you should get a message to press A to format, wait until the second message that this drive now works with this DVR, Done.
Note the difference in power-up sequence between SARA and Passport.
Passport IPG Instructions for connecting an External eSATA HDD
First, Power up the DVR with TV on, (Ext HDD powered off.)
Second, Power up the connected Ext eSATA HDD with the DVR running, and you should be prompted to press "A" to format.
The Passport IPG now only recognizes the Ext if the DVR is running, not during the bootup process like it did with SARA.
Diagnostic Mode for Passport
To Enter Diagnostic Mode: Simultaneously press and hold the SELECT and EXIT buttons (on the DVR itself) until "DIAGNO" or "DIAG" appears. Release the buttons, then press EXIT and the the box tunes itself to the multi-page Diagnostics channel. After this process the Diagnostic pages can be accessed by directly tuning to that channel using the remote, once you know the channel.
Most likely the Diag Menu is a channel listed in the guide also.
MyWDDVRExpander.pdf 181.33203125k . file
Edited by Bryan_CoxPHX - 8/8/12 at 5:18am