I think I see what you mean. Yes, buy a bare sata drive, buy a case, put them together. Yes, you can use your existing esata cable.
BTW, are you sure that your current expander is really dead?
Saw a black caviar on Newegg for $119. Price seems to be coming down. Not to pre flood levels, but better.
Originally Posted by if200
Thanks for info. I have the Scientific Atlantic 8300HD. I thought you buy an internal drive and the enclosure instead of an external drive. Do you also need a power source and is it the same esata cable that came with the dvr expander or do you need a different one? I did read that if you go above 1TB you could have problems so thank you for confirming that.