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expand the storage capacity of your cable dvr

There are 14 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 24, 2008, titled expand the storage capacity of your cable dvr. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Many of the Scientific Atlanta DVR boxes offered by the cable companies allow you to connect an external hard drive to increase the storage capacity of your DVR.

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walkallday

Lake Mary, FL

#1 May 24, 2008
Thank you for this information!
Bryan

Orlando, FL

#2 May 25, 2008
Brighthouse Orlando support told me the eSATA connection on my Scientific Atlanta HD DVR was not hooked up. I figured they might be lying because they've lied to me before, but I didn't want to spend $200 on a drive to find out.
Bryan

Orlando, FL

#3 May 25, 2008
Where is this "capacity gauge" for my DVR? I've never ran across it in any of the menus, and I've looked.

Since: Aug 07

Brooksville, FL

#4 May 25, 2008
Bryan wrote:
Where is this "capacity gauge" for my DVR? I've never ran across it in any of the menus, and I've looked.
Hi Bryan,

By gauge, I just meant the place where it tells you how much space you have left or have used. it's different on different DVRs. On mine, the Explorer 8300HDC, it just says something like "65% full."

Etan
Lonny Paul

Miami, FL

#5 May 25, 2008
It's great to see the Sentinel providing consumers with a great way to "do it yourself" and save. Upgrading computers are another way to save big bucks - maybe we can see a column on that in the future.
Phil

Orlando, FL

#6 Jun 6, 2008
As any one using Brighthouse in Orlando successful done this? I tried using a WD My Book Home Edition several times and no luck at all
Bryan

Orlando, FL

#7 Jun 6, 2008
EtanHorowitz wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Bryan,
By gauge, I just meant the place where it tells you how much space you have left or have used. it's different on different DVRs. On mine, the Explorer 8300HDC, it just says something like "65% full."
Etan
I understand what you meant by "gauge." My question was regarding its location. I have an Explorer 8300 HD and I've looked for it and have never found it.
Bryan

Orlando, FL

#8 Jun 6, 2008
Phil wrote:
As any one using Brighthouse in Orlando successful done this? I tried using a WD My Book Home Edition several times and no luck at all
That's the important question. I wish the article would have clarified this. Like most people, I don't want to spend a few hundred bucks to find out.
Bryan

Orlando, FL

#9 Jun 6, 2008
If you find this article, make sure you read Etan's blog. Details are much better there. Thanks Etan...

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/etan_on_tech...

Since: Aug 07

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 10, 2008
Bryan wrote:
If you find this article, make sure you read Etan's blog. Details are much better there. Thanks Etan...
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/etan_on_tech...
Thanks Bryan.

That link doesn't look like it works when you click on it, so here is a shortened version:

http://snipurl.com/2avwx

As Bryan said, on the blog, I explain a way to see if the external hard drive connection worked if your DVR does not show you how much space has been used/if left.

Etan
Phil

Orlando, FL

#11 Jun 22, 2008
So I'm still waiting for some one to say they actual have made this work. If you read the lit. the WD drive come thru formatted to only accept files up to 4GB
Arvin

Collierville, TN

#12 Aug 24, 2008
The Western Digital Home Edition does NOT work with the 8300HD or 8300HDC.

I had the 8300HDC and it would immediately "The drive is bad." I had the box switched (had drive problems...another issue) and got the 8300HD and that also gave me an error, saying to make sure my cables and power are properly connected. I then thought it was probably the external drive. I went to Best Buy and exchanged it and attempted to connect it again...again with the same errors. After further research online, I found that it is not compatible.

The following site gives supported setups based off consumer inputs:
http://www.baseportal.com/baseportal/xnappo/p...

Based off this guy's comments, Western Digital customer support confirms it is not supported:
http://baseportal.com/baseportal/xnappo/passp...

Etan has done a great job on communicating the ability to expand space for DVR, but I think he should update his article to not mislead people into buying the Home Edition as it is not supported.
T from Maine

Lewiston, ME

#14 Mar 24, 2009
The Free agent pro does NOT work either.
Capacity gauge

Berryton, KS

#15 Apr 17, 2016
Etan, that does not tell us where the capacity gauge is. Where is it on the DVR.
EtanHorowitz wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Bryan,
By gauge, I just meant the place where it tells you how much space you have left or have used. it's different on different DVRs. On mine, the Explorer 8300HDC, it just says something like "65% full."
Etan

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