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Old 10-02-2007, 10:09 AM   #1  
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I was wondering if there is any way to access the recorded material on the HDD of the 8300HD and copying it to a computer for later burning to a DVD.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:42 PM   #2  
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Hello Alex,
I recently upgraded to a Sony 40" Bravia LCD HDTV and I ordered the 8300HD DVR through comcast (leased). I called Comcast to ask about increasing the hard drive capacity two times and I spoke to 2 different techs. The first one told me you could add unlimited additional storage via the usb 2.0 port. (?? not sure I trust his answer). The second tech told me No to adding storage, but you could download recorded programs to a PC with the firewire port. I talked to a 3rd tech today (he had a major attitude, and he told me that he could not answer my question). I did read on another forum that there is an FCC decree that if a port exists, it must be useable. Can't verify that either. That's why I joined this forum. My320 gig 8300 DVR fills up very fast and I travel a lot for work. Just returned from a 4 day business trip last night to find that half of my recording selections did not record. There is a SATA port on theback, I'm going to research that next. If yo want to call comcast it's 1-800-comcast.
Hope this was some help. If anyone out there knows for sure about adding external storage please PM me!
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:50 AM   #3  
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I was wondering if there is any way to access the recorded material on the HDD of the 8300HD and copying it to a computer for later burning to a DVD.
I can't answer that question, but can offer this.

If you use the S-video output of the 8300 to connect to a DVDR, you can feed the program to a DVDR and burn direct to a DVD. You can buy a DVDR for $120 - $200.
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:04 AM   #4  
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Thanks for your replies. I live in Canada so I lease my box from Rogers Cable, hence we're not under the jurisdiction of the FCC. I've heard things about the firewire and it's something I might consider. I guess my last ditch effort will be to s-video stream it to a DVDR, but I would've prefered to get it until my notebook so I can do some editing of the files before I burn them. I've been doing some additional research and nobody seems to have a straight answer about whether or not it is even possible.

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Old 10-04-2007, 10:13 AM   #5  
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Down here, 8300HDs mostly CAN be expanded via an additional HDD by using the eSATA port on the back. No cable company actually will support that connection as the software is way buggy. Those with SARA mostly work, those with Passport have a major known bug that the cable guys seem 100% unwilling to fix. There IS a third software going around that supports but does NOT have the Passport bug, but it is being deployed LONG, LONG before it is ready (it's actually an alpha version being used in production).
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:51 PM   #6  
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I would like to buy an SA Explorer 8300HD unit from EBAY but don't know if it will work with Rogers cable in Canada. Does anyone know how this works or the likely hood of it working?

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Old 10-14-2007, 01:54 PM   #7  
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Iv'e been having the 8300HD in my house for more than a year. It is currently in my bedroom.
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:33 PM   #8  
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I want to connect my DVDR/VCR to my TWC Explorer 8300HD via the S-Video hookups. I can do it using the S-Video connections in the back of the cable box and DVDR. Does this usually work and how does the pic look like usually, pretty decent?

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Old 11-16-2007, 10:14 AM   #9  
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Hello Alex,
My320 gig 8300 DVR fills up very fast and I travel a lot for work. Just returned from a 4 day business trip last night to find that half of my recording selections did not record. There is a SATA port on theback, I'm going to research that next. If yo want to call comcast it's 1-800-comcast.
Hope this was some help. If anyone out there knows for sure about adding external storage please PM me!
Thanks to all!
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:00 PM   #10  
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I did read on another forum that there is an FCC decree that if a port exists, it must be useable. Can't verify that either.
I'm pretty sure there's no such rule. There is a rule that the cable company must supply you with a box that has a working firewire port, but so far as I've heard, that rule is complied with by supplying some box other than the 8300. Perhaps the 3250, iirc.
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:00 PM   #11  
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I want to connect my DVDR/VCR to my TWC Explorer 8300HD via the S-Video hookups. I can do it using the S-Video connections in the back of the cable box and DVDR. Does this usually work and how does the pic look like usually, pretty decent?
Yes, it works; I've been doing it for over a year using a Motorola/Fios box and a Philips DVDR. The quality of SD is pretty much what you see from the provider; the quality of HD, because it is played back in windowbox leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:01 PM   #12  
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Iv'e been having the 8300HD in my house for more than a year. It is currently in my bedroom.
mmmm, does it visit often? Why is it in your bedroom . . . taking a nap?
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:13 AM   #13  
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I hope I'm posting this in the right place--
Recently I got a SA 8300HD DVR from Time Warner. I am wondering about shortcuts to use with the remote control that I used to do with the older DVRs and remotes. Does anyone know of any quick ways to see program listings in the future (jump forward 1+ days, etc.), plus any other shortcuts to do via the remote for onscreen control? I can't find anything published on this at all.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:51 AM   #14  
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Anyone ever tried Seagate's Free Agent Pro drives with the 8300?
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:31 AM   #15  
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No, it doesn't work. The 8300 (or 8300HD) will recognize it, and attempt to format it but won't be able to format it.

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