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At least in Shrewsbury, MA. Our town owns and operates its own cable company, so they do their own thing, but we're running SARA version 1.85.17.3.


So, I ordered the following items:


External enclosure (black plastic)-
http://www.addonics.com/products/ext.../aeehdsa35.asp


SATA I to eSATA External Cable-

*** LINK NOW DEAD


And a 120GB Maxtor Ultra Series SATA drive.


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).


So, if anyone has any questions, let me know.

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Enclosure - $35 plus shipping

Cable - $12.50 plus shipping

Drive - had this already, but about $100 retail.


So, about $150 for 120GB - about 15 more hours of HD.


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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?
 

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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.
 

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Just as planned.
 

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Yes, see my post above.
I was composing and checking your links, etc., while you were posting. Guess I shoud have refreshed before posting. LOL
 

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Thanks dmilani for posting your success, and for pointing out an additional source for parts.


Anybody here tried this on the 8300HD with Passport?


We're getting unconfirmed reports that this functionality is not yet enabled in Passport.
 

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Thanks dmilani for posting your success

I'll second this. Very cool post!


Like michaeltscott mentioned above ... I was a little worried about "something" preventing you from using any ole drive ... forcing you to only rent a drive from your cable company ...


Good to see I was wrong.


Thanks again for trying this out and posting your results ...
 

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sgr, I used a 120GB because that is what I had.


Supposedly, the dedicated one that Maxtor will sell will be available in a 300GB version.


Also, Silicon Image demonstrated with Scientific Atlanta (at CES) a RAID system that will allow expansion of the 8300HD up to several Terabytes.


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Anyone try this on cablevision 8300hd?

I'd note:

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 1.85.17.3. Will my 1.83.4.a8 software work? Hmmm ... maybe not ...
 

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>>Also, Silicon Image demonstrated with Scientific Atlanta (at CES) a RAID system that will allow expansion of the 8300HD up to several Terabytes.
 

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2) Firmware version - Seems like the later the firmware ... the better the possibility. OP says he's on 1.85.17.3. Will my 1.83.4.a8 software work? Hmmm ... maybe not ...

Is that a 8000HD firmware version because my SA8300HD (Cox Fairfax, VA)has firmware version of 1.85.14.3 (or somewhere close to that number,) last time I checked.


When I get time, I may order some parts and see if it will work for me. I'd get at least a 300GB SATA HDD.
 

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Is that a 8000HD firmware version because my SA8300HD (Cox Fairfax, VA)has firmware version of 1.85.14.3 (or somewhere close to that number,) last time I checked.

Just trying to make a point ... ie, people experimenting should note firmware version along with success / failure.
 

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Is that a 8000HD firmware version because my SA8300HD (Cox Fairfax, VA)has firmware version of 1.85.14.3 (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).
 

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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.
 
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