Been a while since I've visited the forum and posted a question but Comcast's impending roll-out of activating their DVR's eSATA connector once the A30 Software hits my market area for using the "official" WD 1TB DVR expander external HDD has piked my interest.
I've read earlier in the thread that "pretty much any 1TB external HDD with an wSATA connector will work" .... so before I go out and spend $100+ on the Comcast approved HDD, I was wondering if Comcast's talk about that specific WD unit being "optimized" for AV recording, etc is mere rhetoric or actually has some merit?
The reason being is that I have a pair of 7200RPM 32MB Buffer Western Digital WD10000LSRTL 1TB SATA 3.0 Caviar high end "Black Series" 5 yr Warrantied units with "dual internal processers" inserted into Thermaltake external enclosures with eSATA connectors that came with high quality 2 foot long eSATA connectors which have never caused me any trouble over the last 3 years (used for both regular backups plus heavy day-to-day work). They also have switchable USB 2.0 ports, and internally the enclosures have both SATA and IDE connectors. These enclosures have no fan however, yet run cool to the touch plus have an on/off switch on the back that could possiblly be used if I don't need to make use of the extra storage for extended periods of time (I'm hoping). One downside that I see is they lack the "green" spin down feature of Comcast's "officially" supported unit which might be an energy savings issue here.
So what say you all regarding trying one of these once my area is activated? Will the potentially harder work requirements of DVR extender service require a fan, an "optimized" HDD for AV service and "Green" spin down features?
The "official" WD units are only $100+ so it's no big deal one way or the other for me ..... just thinking I could put back into service one of my current 1TB WD units presently sitting in my spare parts drawer if there are not potential negative consequenses