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Does anyone know if the 5040 can be upgraded with a second drive?
Yes we know. :) No it can't. :( Since the hold up on the 5320 is the lack of availability of Maxtor's new 320 gb drive, my guess is the 5000 box will not support 2 drives in the future.


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I would just add I don't really see the need for it now... with the availability of such large drives.
 

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Does anyone know how many power connectors are in the box? If only 1 of the submini type then the answer is obvious.
 

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Looks like only one... but that doesn't mean they aren't Y-ing it this time.


However the fact that it doesn't exactly look "drive-2-bracket-ready" does suggest only one drive from the factory, much like the Showstoppers?
 

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If I recall, the power supply unit had silk screen connections for a second HD power cable, but no connections.
 

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Hmmm.... if the 5xxx series can only support one drive then the 4xxx series with a second drive can theoretically be expanded to twice the size as a 5xxx. That cash register sound you hear is the sound of the eBay value of the 4xxx series going up :cool:
 

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I think that limiting units to using a single drive is a prudent choice on SB's part. There have been reports of all recordings being wiped out by problems in a two drive set-up. At the time the drives were only around 40-60GBs, so how much could one lose? Imagine losing all recordings on a dual 320GB machine? OUCH! Besides, with the networking capability the need to put all of one's eggs in a single basket is negated. Spread the risk around, you'll be better off.
 

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Also now that Hard-drive sizes have reached a large enouch size, the need for 2 drives is greatly reduced. I am sure most people would have a hard time trying to record enough shows to fill up on 320 gb drive. Thats like one full week of recordings at medium quality.
 

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I am sure most people would have a hard time trying to record enough shows to fill up on 320 gb drive.
Don't be so quick...

Just as nature abhors a vacuum, the RTV Gods abhor free recording space.

Recording will increase to fill the available space, so if you increase the space you will soon manage to fill it up. :D
 
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