No need to be disheartened, the Seagate HDD in the Philips 3575/76 has a 5-yr warranty (to Philips), so Seagate is pretty confident it'll work for awhile.Here are some stats on the HDD (bottom of page).
The manual for virtually every HDD unit says essentially that the HDD is not for permanent storage. Some people are "scared" by this and read it as "the HDD is unreliable." Not even close to true... so much more reliable than DVD discs, they're not even in the same game, much less ballpark!
However, what's amazingly "scary" is this in a Panasonic EZ28 single-disc recorder manual, which has no HDD and must use DISCS to even BE
"The manufacturer accepts no responsibility and offers no compensation for loss of recorded or edited material due to a problem with the unit or recordable media, and accepts no responsibility and offers no compensation for any subsequent damage caused by such loss.
Examples of causes of such losses are
- A DISC recorded and edited with this unit is played in a DVD Recorder or computer disc drive manufactured by another company.
- A DISC used as described above and then played again in this unit. + Say WHAT!
- A DISC recorded and edited with a DVD Recorder or computer disc drive manufactured by another company is played in this unit."
Gotta stay away from risky behavior in single-disc DVDRs: USING DVDs!?