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Old 10-27-2005, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hey guys I currently own the explorer 8300 hd cable box and am almost out of space. I would like to add an additional hardrive using the Serial ata on the cable box to expand my space so I can record many more movies. I am interested in either a 300 or 500 gb hardrive. The 300gb maxtor diamondmax 10, 500 gb Hitachi Deskstar 7K500, and the last one that I wanted to purchase is the Maxtor Diamondmax 11. I couldn't find any stores that sold this particular hardive. is it availabe yet? Anyone know when it'll become available. I would wait for the Diamondmax 11 if I knew that it was coming out soon. anyone know if these hardrives would work with my cable box? Also what enclosures would I need for these hardrives? Please help me, Thanks alot Stu
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Old 10-27-2005, 10:49 PM   #2
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A lot depends on the software that your cable company provides on your DVR. As an example: I have an SA8300HD box supplied by Cablevision, and when I called them up to inquire about adding an external HD nobody, but nobody had any clue as to using this type of option on this DVR. I sure would like an answer to this question also.

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Old 10-28-2005, 12:14 AM   #3
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I've read through various forums and found that most people have had success with buying a seperate serial ata hardrive such as the 300gb maxtor Diamondmax 10 and hooking it up to their 8300 hd cable box through a Sata I to Sata II cable wire. You also need an enclosure for the hardrive such as the E-POWER EP-301SA External Enclosure. If you download the pdf for the explorer 8300hd and go down to page 15 it'll give you instructions on how to install the drive to your cable box. Stu

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Old 10-28-2005, 01:35 PM   #4
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There are 2 Yahoo! newsgroups - that you can read responses or ask questions about adding a hard drive (you need Yahoo! e-mail ID):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/explorer_8300/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/explorer_8000/

I'd check both since people were posting messages about hard drives to the 8000 newsgroup before they created the 8300 newsgroup.

From what I read, any SATA hard drive will do, but you have to make sure the cable company has the SATA port activated. After that, it's just a matter of attaching your drive and letting the 8300 format it automatically. And forget about trying to use the programs saved to the new drive on your PC - they're encrypted.

BTW, instead of buying a big fat hard drive, have you considered adding a DVD recorder? I find it perfect for archiving shows permanently from my 8300HD (because eventually, you'll have to delete the shows on your new drive anyway). I bought a 100-pack/spindle of blank DVDs for $35, and I'm already more than halfway through it in 3 months. And I have unlimited archival space.

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...Cablevision, and when I called them up to inquire about adding an external HD nobody, but nobody had any clue as to using this type of option on this DVR.
Sorry, Off Topic, but couldn't resist.

Cablevision doesn't have a clue. PERIOD!!!

I couldn't tell you how many times I've tried to get problems resolved that they were just clueless about. Better off finding your own answers on the net.
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There are 2 Yahoo! newsgroups - that you can read responses or ask questions about adding a hard drive (you need Yahoo! e-mail ID):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/explorer_8300/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/explorer_8000/

I'd check both since people were posting messages about hard drives to the 8000 newsgroup before they created the 8300 newsgroup.

From what I read, any SATA hard drive will do, but you have to make sure the cable company has the SATA port activated. After that, it's just a matter of attaching your drive and letting the 8300 format it automatically. And forget about trying to use the programs saved to the new drive on your PC - they're encrypted.

BTW, instead of buying a big fat hard drive, have you considered adding a DVD recorder? I find it perfect for archiving shows permanently from my 8300HD (because eventually, you'll have to delete the shows on your new drive anyway). I bought a 100-pack/spindle of blank DVDs for $35, and I'm already more than halfway through it in 3 months. And I have unlimited archival space.
Thanks for the link ! Will any Sata enclosure work with the hardrive? I assume that since my explorer 8300 hd is Sata l then I'd need an Sata l to Sata ll cable? would this one do the trick? Anyone know where I can purchase the 500 gb Maxtor Diamondmax 11 hardrives? Are they out yet? if not anyone knows when they will be? Actually I own a dvd recorder and its great for archiving home movies on vhs or standard defenition but unfortunately it cant record high defenition . Stu

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After researching decided on Western Digital "My Expander". Only 500gb but it is ready to go. Good review in "Sound and Vision" magazine, author installed easily and was pleased with results. Found a deal on Internet at Dell Small Business site for $140 total. Shipping this week, sure need the additional space. Before purchase checked with Time Warner, San Diego, they verified it will work on their 8300 box.

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After researching decided on Western Digital "My Expander". Only 500gb but it is ready to go. Good review in "Sound and Vision" magazine, author installed easily and was pleased with results. Found a deal on Internet at Dell Small Business site for $140 total. Shipping this week, sure need the additional space. Before purchase checked with Time Warner, San Diego, they verified it will work on their 8300 box.
This thread been dead 3 years, dude.
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Obviously new member who can't read dates, bet you guys solved this problem 3 years ago, wasted a lot of time researching, should learn to search your message board better.
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What's the problem? He SEARCHED the board (as he should), fould a thread that covered his needs and replied to it!

Good for him! He did just what we want people to do - he SEARCHED!!!

We should be happy he found what he needed to know thru searching this site!
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What's the problem? He SEARCHED the board (as he should), fould a thread that covered his needs and replied to it!

Good for him! He did just what we want people to do - he SEARCHED!!!

We should be happy he found what he needed to know thru searching this site!
A lot of things can happen in 3 years. Applications change. Would've been better to open up another thread, IMO.

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