I plugged the unit in as described in the 8300HD manuals found online, and the 8300HD recognized the external drive and asked me if I wanted to format it. Once this was done (it did this very quickly) the remaining disk space on my existing 8300HD increased accordingly.
Now, I had to "fill up" my fairly new 8300HD's internal drive enough to equalize the remaining disk space on each drive. Once this was done, the 8300HD recorded my next recording to the external drive (the 8300HD always records to the drive with the most remaining space, and ping pongs back and forth).
I didn't see a price for the cable, but it looks like the enclosure was about $35 and the drive around $110. So, for less than $200 it looks like you got about 15 hrs of added HD recording capacity. It looks like the 250GB drive would add another $100 to the total cost, assuming it would also work. Am I close?
Wow! I'm amazed. Maxtor's prepackaged drive for this purpose implied that the provider would have to hit the SA8300HD with a command to enable the function. I assumed that this was to let them force you to lease them from them. Either yours came "pre-enabled" or Maxtor was wrong. Cool.
Originally posted by LJG Anyone try this on cablevision 8300hd?
1) SARA v. Passport - OP is on SARA ... templeofdoom notes uncertainty on Passport
2) Firmware version - Seems like the later the firmware ... the better the possibility. OP says he's on 188.8.131.52. Will my 1.83.4.a8 software work? Hmmm ... maybe not ...
Originally posted by Foxbat121 Is that a 8000HD firmware version because my SA8300HD (Cox Fairfax, VA)has firmware version of 184.108.40.206 (or somewhere close to that number,) last time I checked.
My contact at TW here in town told me that the 8000 and 8300 units use the same software. The 8300s they're testing now have Passport v1.8.xxx while their current 8000s have v1.5.xxx. He said the 8000 units will be upgraded to the same 1.8.xxx soon (probably when they release the 8300s to the public).
Originally posted by hall My contact at TW here in town told me that the 8000 and 8300 units use the same software. The 8300s they're testing now have Passport v1.8.xxx while their current 8000s have v1.5.xxx. He said the 8000 units will be upgraded to the same 1.8.xxx soon (probably when they release the 8300s to the public).
That is the magic of passport: run same software across different boxes, even boxes from different brands. SARA software is different. It only runs on SA boxes and different boxes usually have totally different software.
How the SATA drive works with the 8300HD
Recordings are balanced between the internal hard drive on the 8300HD and the external SATA drive as follows:
* A recording is not split between an internal and external hard drive.
* The 8300HD automatically stores complete program using the following space available logic:
- If the external SATA drive has more space available, the SATA drive stores the next recording.
- If the internal hard drive on the 8300HD has more space available, the internal hard drive stores the next recording.
Are these recordings keyed to the serial number of the player? ie. could I put recordings on the external drive and then plug that drive into a different 8300HD box? Even if not it might be a neat way to archive stuff.
Still pretty impractical because its difficult to get your recording to be where you want it to be. I guess you would have to record the same show using both tuners to make sure it goes on both drives, then erase one.
According to the following, SciAtl is using 3DES with STB-specific keys to encrypt any recorded content so ... no, you're not going to be able to swap drives between DVRs (unless SciAtl sets up something to let DVRs share keys ...): http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/r...ent=6516283858
I wouldnt be so interested in swapping with other people, but if I had a set of recordings archived on hard drives and the DVR went poof (as these pieces of junk are apt to do) you basically lose all those recordings.
Kromkamp, you could simply fill up the internal drive (with arbitrary recordings) with the external drive disconnected, and then connect up the external SATA. From that point on, all future recordings would be placed on the external drive.
I was thinking about getting this optional cradle for the drive enclosure that I purchased and listed above:
By purchasing additional enclosures ($9 each), you could create a library of archived content spread across several drives that you could simply remove and replace in the cradle, power cycle the STB, and you should be good to go.
Of course, the point you make above is very valid - if the STB dies or has issues, and you need to get a replacement from the cable company, the replacement STB would have a different KEY and would not recognize the recordings, making your collection useless.
I wonder if the 8300HD would work with only the external SATA and without the internal hard drive. That way, you wouldn't need to fill up the internal drive with buffer recordings just so you could be sure that new recordings went to the external drive. You could do the drive tray technique mentioned and swap out the hard drives for recording and archiving. You could even use the original internal drive in one of the trays.
I guess it depends on where the main GUI/OS lives on the system (I assume some flash memory) and whether or not it will detect and format a SATA drive as the main HD.
Of course, opening up the case and removing the hard drive could get you in all sorts of trouble with your cable company...